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

Degree Program Description

The public’s desire for quality of life, the pursuit of happiness, and for well organized leisure activities drives a $600 billion marketplace supporting parks and recreation, more than $152 billion in sport management, and a $1.3 trillion investment in tourism. Students interested in Parks, Recreation and Sport are individuals who are active, involved in sports, the great outdoors, and enjoy travel. 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.

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Major Program Requirements

Students must complete all university, college and degree requirements, including university general education, in addition to the requirements below:

Foundations of Tourism 3
HSP_MGMT 1100Introduction to Hospitality Management3
HSP_MGMT 4110Hospitality Sales and Marketing Management3
PRST 4357Tourism Planning and Development3
Professional Electives related to emphasis (at least 6 credits must be from PRST curriculum)15
Total Credits27

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Semester Plan

First Year
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
COMMUN 1200 or AG_ED_LD 22203ECONOM 1014 or ABM 10413
PRST 10103SOCIOL 1000 or RU_SOC 10003
PRST 10111Humanities & Fine Arts3
Humanities & Fine Arts3Missouri State Law Requirement3
Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science3 
 16 15
Second Year
PSYCH 10003ACCTCY 2010, 2026, or 20363
STAT 1200, 2500, or ESC_PS 41703MRKTNG 3000, ABM 2183, or ABM 3224W3
PRST 22813PRST 27503
Communication Elective3Professional Elective3
Biological or Physical Science with Lab3-4Tourism Elective3
 15-16 15
Third Year
H_D_FS 2400 or 2400W3-4PRST 32154
PRS Professional Elective3HSP_MGMT 41103
MRKTNG 3000, ABM 2183, or ABM 3224W3Professional Elective3
PRST 4150 (or Parks, Health and Wellness Course)3General Elective3
 15-16 16
Fourth Year
PRST 42083PRST 494012
PRST 43573 
PRST 31891 
PRST 3210W3 
PRS Professional Elective3 
Professional Elective3 
 16 12
Total Credits: 120-122

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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 would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success 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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