BS in Parks, Recreation and Sport with Emphasis in Tourism Development

Degree Program Description

The BS in Parks, Recreation & Sport with emphasis in Tourism Development offers students 12-week hands-on training in the area of interest.  Students gain experience through coursework and internships. Tourism development, marketing and event specialists grow in careers associated with tourism venues and enterprises; resorts; local, state and regional economic development agencies; and visitor and convention services. They are responsible for promoting their clients throughout the broadly defined tourism industry. This includes organizing promotional and profitable events for venues and communities, developing public relations materials or establishing relationships with various local interest groups.

Major Program Requirements

In addition to completing major program requirements, students must complete the following additional requirements:

Tourism Development Emphasis Area Coursework

Emphasis Area Core Requirements (minimum grade of C-)
PRST 2060Tourism Management3
PRST 2355Private and Commercial Recreation Principles and Practice3
PRST 4260Sustainable Tourism3
PRST 4357Domestic and International Tourism: Resources, Market, and Impacts3
HSP_MGMT 4110Hospitality and Tourism Marketing3
Emphasis Area Professional Electives15
Advisor approved courses specific to the student's selected emphasis. At least 6 credits must have a PRST designator. These professional electives can be used towards a second emphasis.
Total Credits30

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
ENGLSH 10003MATH 1050 or 11003
AGSC_COM 2220 or COMMUN 12003RU_SOC 1000 or SOCIOL 10003
PRST 10103PRST 22813
PRST 10111Missouri State Law Requirement3
Humanities & Fine Arts3Emphasis Area Course3
Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science3 
 16 15
Second Year
PSYCH 10003ABM 1041 or ECONOM 10143
STAT 1200, ABM 2123, or ESC_PS 41703PRST 32154
PRST 27503PRST 4150 or 42503
PRST 3210W3General Elective3
AGSC_COM 3240, COMMUN 2100, ENGLSH 2030, or THEATR 14003Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science3
 15 16
Third Year
ACCTCY 2010, 2026, or 20363ABM 2183, 3224, or MRKTNG 30003
Emphasis Area Course3Emphasis Area Course3
Emphasis Area Course3Professional Elective3
Professional Elective3Professional Elective3
Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science with Lab3-4General Elective3
 15-16 15
Fourth Year
PRST 41003PRST 494012
PRST 42083 
PRST 31891 
Emphasis Area Course3 
Professional Elective3 
Professional Elective3 
 16 12
Total Credits: 120-121

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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