The mission of the department is to support the evolving field of recreation, parks, and tourism by assisting future professionals in developing technical competence with professional characteristics, and dispositions. 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 Recreation, Parks, and Tourism degree is accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Fields.
The department provides each student with opportunities, resources, and guidance to enhance the quality of life of individuals through effective leadership in tourism and special events, recreation therapy, and outdoor recreation. Toward this end, both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees are designed for the student who is seeking basic, pre-professional knowledge, understanding and experience toward a career in recreation, parks and tourism.
The undergraduate program is accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Fields; concentrations in tourism and special events, recreation therapy and outdoor recreation leadership are available. Students who successfully complete courses, recommended electives, and a 560-hour internship in the recreation therapy concentration are qualified to take the national examination for certification through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Also, students who obtain a major in recreation, parks and tourism are eligible to take the national examination for a Certified Park and Recreational Professional through the National Recreation and Park Association National Certification Board.
All students are assigned a professional advisor and/or faculty advisor upon entering the university. Both faculty advisors and professional advisors are committed to assisting students in: exploring educational and career options; clarifying university and departmental requirements; selecting appropriate courses; evaluating academic progress; and obtaining referral information for academic and student support services.
The Recreation, Parks and Tourism Department offers a departmental honors program. For a general description of the Honors College at Radford University, see here. For specific requirements of this department’s program, contact the department chairperson or the director of the Honors College.
Recreation, Parks and Tourism, B.A. (A, L) or (R, A, L)*
Recreation, Parks and Tourism, B.S. (A, L) or (R, A, L)*
Esports Services Minor (L)
Outdoor Recreation & Leadership Minor
Recreation, Parks and Tourism Minor (A)
Tourism and Special Events Minor