RCPT Vision Statement
The mission of RCPT is to develop effective leisure service professionals in the areas of leadership, scholarship, and service.

RCPT Mission Statement
The philosophy of RCPT is to academically engage students through diverse learning opportunities with an emphasis on experiential learning. This approach specifically targets the development of professional competences in the areas of: (1) foundational knowledge, (2) program leadership,  (3) administrative and management functions, and (4) professional skills and behavior.  Emphasis is placed on developing the students’ critical thinking skills as the foundation for competency development.  The ultimate goal is to produce effective leisure service professionals who are able to address the diverse challenges faced by contemporary society.

Welcome to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism. We offer three academic concentrations:

RCPT in the News

  1. Answering the bells »


    Freshman Sean Walker has won trophies, medals and an MVP honor while competing around the United States and internationally in goalball, a sport in which participants have some degree of visual impairment. 

  2. Learning and teaching the ropes »


    Recreation, Parks and Tourism majors recently participated in a five-day workshop to learn to be leaders in the Radford University Adventure Based Learning Experiences (RU ABLE) program.

  3. $1 million grant, professors highlight Radford’s recent media appearances  »


    $1 million grant, professors highlight Radford’s recent media appearances.

  4. CEHD recognizes top students »


    The College of Education and Human Development recognized and honored many of its students during the college's ninth annual awards ceremony May 5 in the Bonnie Hurlburt Auditorium.

  5. Recreation, Parks and Tourism faculty member earns prestigious award »


    The Resort and Commercial Recreation Association has presented its 2016 Outstanding Professor Award to Radford University Assistant Professor Josh Carroll.

  6. Summer in the Park »


    Recreation, Parks and Tourism major Seana Wilson spent six days this summer in the Partners in the Parks program at Zion National Park in Utah. 

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