Tourism and Special Events

All courses in the tourism and recreation management concentration incorporate “real world” practice. Practitioners visit classes to share their expertise and experience in the field. Those taking RCPT 431 Sustainable Tourism visit regional attractions and learn from managers and owners the challenges of operating a tourism establishment. Courses in tourism marketing, commercial recreation, and special event management are also available.

Outdoor Recreation and Leadership

Students have academic opportunities to develop the skills to organize, lead, and evaluate a variety of outdoor adventure programs. Students will develop novice to advanced technical skills in rock climbing, caving, canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, and ropes course facilitation. Students who desire a wilderness leadership experience can take a four-week intensive summer course found in option 2 of the curriculum. The Wilderness Institute focuses on leadership development, group processing, adventure programming, and outdoor living skills. This course emphasizes leadership development in the field of outdoor recreation involving skill acquisition in hiking, orienteering, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, caving, and paddling. If the student is unable to commit to a four-week experience, option 1 of the curriculum allows students to develop the same skills through a series of classes taught each fall and spring.

Recreation Therapy

Recreation therapy is the use of recreational services to improve or maintain physical, mental, emotional, and/or social functioning to assist individuals in expressing independent leisure lifestyles. Comprehensive recreation therapy services involve a continuum of care including: treatment that uses activities to remediate or rehabilitate functional abilities and to assist in diagnosis; leisure education that uses activities to acquire skills, knowledge, and attitudes that facilitate an independent lifestyle and avocational competence; and recreation that uses activities to enhance health, growth, development, and independence through intrinsically rewarding leisure behavior. Within their courses, students use a wide range of assessment and screening tools, personalize individual treatment plans, provide leisure education programs, and facilitate community integration/ reintegration programs.