Recreation, Parks and Tourism 210

RCPT 210: Introduction to Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Prerequisite:  Major in RCPT

Credit Hours: (3)

Studies significance and impact of recreation on American lifestyles.  Examines the history, philosophy and scope of the field of recreation, parks and tourism including the roles of professionals.  Students are required to do service-learning volunteer work in a recreation setting.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

This course will address the development of the recreation, parks and tourism field including in-depth discussion of the various types of services.  Therapeutic recreation, outdoor recreation, public parks and recreation, commercial recreation, quasi-public/human services agencies and military recreation will all be discussed.  In addition, the requirements and expectations for the major will be examined as well as issues, prospects, and demands for the profession.


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

This course will involve lecture, guest speakers and student participation.  Discussion will be encouraged and students will be asked to present an oral report on a special area of interest in the recreation, parks and tourism field.


Goals and Objectives of the course

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

1.  identify and describe the development of the modern recreation, parks and tourism industry.
2. identify the roles and responsibilities of recreation, parks and tourism professionals.
3. describe potential career areas within the field.
4. have gained "hands on" experience with a community service provider.
5. describe the technical, economical, and political significance of recreation in our society.


Assessment Measures

Students will be evaluated by examinations, oral and written reports, and service-learning experiences.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

Revised 2013

February 2005 Reviewed by Edward Udd, Chair

Revised    4/13/09