About the Department

Mission and Vision

We strive to be the preeminent center for outdoor recreation and leadership, tourism and special events, and recreation therapy education in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The mission of the Recreation, Parks and Tourism department is to academically engage students through diverse learning opportunities with an emphasis on experiential learning. This approach specifically targets the development of professional competencies 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.   


Collaboration: We succeed together.
Accountability: We do the right thing.
Respect: We value diversity and inclusion.
Innovation: We cultivate growth.
Excellence: We strive to make a difference.