Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

Minors in RPTA

Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration. 16 s.h.

Academic Adviser: Ms. Keri Allison, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

  1. Required Course. 3 s.h.
    RPTA 111 (3) 
  2. RPTA Electives. 13 s.h.
    (RPTA 398, 399, 499 cannot apply to minimum total)



Nonprofit Administration. 19 s.h.

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Academic Adviser: Dr. Dean Zoerink, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

This interdisciplinary minor is designed to enable students from a variety of majors to seek meaningful careers in youth and human service nonprofit agencies. The following courses, or their equivalents, should be selected by consulting with the major adviser and the American Humanics adviser.

  1. Required Courses. 7 s.h.
    RPTA 199—Fieldwork in Leisure Services (1) or equivalent experience of 100 hours
    of direct involvement in a nonprofit organization
    RPTA 270—Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3)
    Required Internship to include a minimum of 300 hours of direct involvement in a
    nonprofit organization (3)
  2. One of the following. 3 s.h.
    EIS 201—Educational Psychology: Human Growth and Development (3)
    FCS 121—Introduction to Lifespan Development (3)
    PSY 221—Psychology of Child Development (3)
    PSY 422—Adolescent Development (3)
    SOC 360—Gender Roles (3)
    SOC 425—Juvenile Delinquency (3)
    SPED 310—The Exceptional Individual (3)
  3. One of the following:. 3 s.h.
    RPTA 235—Programming Principles and Applications in Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 330—Program Planning for People with Physical Disabilities: Community and
    Educational Services (3)
    RPTA 428—Youth and Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 430—Principles of Recreational Sports (3)
    SOC 480—Deviance and Disruption in the American Family (3)
    SW 420—Services to Children and Their Families (3)
  4. One of the following:. 3 s.h.
    HS 400—Grant Writing (3)
    RPTA 424—Fundraising and Volunteerism in Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 467—Special Event Planning and Management (3)
  5. One of the following:. 3 s.h.
    JOUR 329—Fundamentals of Public Relations (3)
    JOUR 331—Advertising Principles and Practice (3)
    MKTG 327—Marketing Principles (3)
    RPTA 322—Administration of Leisure Services I (3)
    RPTA 422—Advanced Administration of Leisure Services (3)



Outdoor Leadership (ECOEE) 24 s.h.

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Academic Adviser: Ms. Keri Allison, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

  1. Required Courses. 9 s.h.
    RPTA 249—Principles of Outdoor Adventure Recreation
    RPTA 349—Expedition Planning (3)
    RPTA 450—Travel Workshop (1-3, repeatable to 6) 
  2. Field Study. 15 s.h.
    RPTA 376—Perspectives in Outdoor Recreation (3)
    RPTA 444—Outdoor Education (3)
    RPTA 446—Wilderness Leadership (3)
    RPTA 448—Interpretation of Cultural and Environmental Resources (3)
    RPTA 449—Management of Outdoor Adventure Recreation (3) 

Note: Admission to the minor requires that the student be in good academic standing and successfully complete the application process for the Environmental Conservation Outdoor Education Expedition (ECOEE). The minor requires a prescribed sequencing of courses, where RPTA 249 and 349 are taken prior to the learning expedition, and all five Field Study courses are taken during the learning expedition.



Therapeutic Recreation. 22 s.h. - Macomb Campus Only

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Academic Adviser: Ms. Keri Allison, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

    1. Required Courses. 19 s.h.
      RPTA 199—Fieldwork in Leisure Services (Completed at an agency serving persons with disabilities) (1)
      RPTA 251—Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation (3)
      RPTA 351—Assessment and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation (3)
      RPTA 451—Principles of Therapeutic Recreation (3)
      RPTA 453—Clinical Therapeutic Recreation Processes (3)
      RPTA 454—Management of Therapeutic Recreation (3)
      SPED 310—The Exceptional Individual (3)
    2. Directed Electives. Choose one of the following: 3 s.h.
      HE 441—Mental Health (3)
      RPTA 330: Program Planning for People with Physical Disabilities: Community and Educational Services (3)
      RPTA 452—Leisure Services for the Elderly (3)
      SW 334: Social Work, Disabilities and Health (3)
      SOC 365—Sociology of Health and Illness (3)
      PSY 251— Personality and Adjusment (General Education/Social Sciences) (3)
      KIN 393—Adapted Physical Education (3)
      OR
      Equivalent course related to individuals having disabilities

 

Interdisciplinary Minor in Event Planning & Management (RPTA & DFMH) 23-24 s.h.

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Academic Adviser: Dr. Jeremy Robinett, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

Event and event-associated industries have experienced tremendous growth in recent years. Because of the growing number of private events, meetings, conferences and festivals added to the U.S. market every year, many professional sources state that the number of events and event-associated jobs added in the U.S. market will continue to grow (International Festivals and Events Association, 2010; Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). Western Illinois University has created an interdisciplinary minor in Event Planning & Management to better position students to benefit from the growing need for qualified event planning professionals in private, non-profit, and commercial sectors. 

The Event Planning & Management Minor is open to any degree-seeking student at Western Illinois University. This minor is well-suited for students interested in the fields of festivals, events, hospitality, tourism, and recreation programming. Students interested in obtaining careers in a wide variety of settings, such as park districts, convention and visitors bureaus, resorts, entertainment and sport venues, hotels and convention centers, camps and many others will benefit greatly from the knowledge and applied experiences they will gain through this minor.