BS in Parks, Recreation and Sport
Degree Program Description
The field of parks, recreation and sport is a multi-billion dollar industry, which encompasses important environmental and social issues such as conservation, community building, human development, health and well-being, and the quality of life. The Parks, Recreation and Sport program provides students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills for designing, managing, and evaluating various leisure services across a variety of user groups. The undergraduate degree program is comprehensive, yet tailored to meet the needs of students based on current job requirements and professional trends including leadership, communication. problem solving, accounting, and economics. All of our areas of emphasis are accredited with eligibility to sit for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional certification. A wide range of careers in Parks, Recreation and Sport include: outdoor education, park management, park ranger, resource manager, back country guide, visitor relations, recreation supervisors, facility managers, health and fitness, golf course management, park planner, cultural arts, aquatics, account executives, customer relations, game-day operations, compliance, fund raising, sales, and marketing.
Major Program Requirements
Satisfactory completion of 120 credits is required: a minimum of 108 credits in course work and a 12-credit internship with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Professional preparation includes course work in a professional core, professional option requirements and electives, and an internship. Students must also complete university general education, university graduation requirements, degree and major emphasis area requirements, including selected foundational courses which may fulfill some University general education requirements.
Students transferring into Parks, Recreation and Sport from other MU degree programs or from other institutions must have a 2.0 GPA (past term and cumulative) for all work attempted.
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|or AG_ED_LD 2220||Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources|
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3|
|or MATH 1050||Quantitative Reasoning|
|Communication Elective: COMMUN 2100, SOCIOL 2310, THEATR 1400, ENGLSH 2030, SCI_AG_J 3240||3|
|STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning||3|
|or STAT 2500||Introduction to Probability and Statistics I|
|or ESC_PS 4170||Introduction to Applied Statistics|
|ACCTCY 2010||Introduction to Accounting||3|
|or ACCTCY 2026||Accounting I|
|or ACCTCY 2036||Accounting I|
|or ACCTCY 2136H||Honors Accounting I|
|ECONOM 1014||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|or ABM 1041||Applied Microeconomics|
|or ECONOM 1051H||General Economics - Honors|
|MRKTNG 3000||Principles of Marketing||3|
|or ABM 2183||The Agricultural Marketing System|
|or ABM 3224||New Products Marketing|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology||3|
|SOCIOL 1000||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|or RU_SOC 1000||Rural Sociology|
|H_D_FS 2400W||Principles of Human Development - Writing Intensive||3-4|
|or H_D_FS 2400||Principles of Human Development|
|or H_D_FS 2400HW||Principles of Human Development - Honors/Writing Intensive|
|or H_D_FS 2400H||Principles of Human Development - Honors|
|Professional Core (required for all options, minimum grade of C- in core)||26|
|PRST 1010||The American Leisure Experience||3|
|PRST 1011||Academic Planning and Career Orientation in Parks, Recreation and Tourism||1|
|PRST 2281||Business of Sport and Recreation||3|
|PRST 2750||Methods in Research and Evaluation||3|
|PRST 3210W||Personnel Management and Leadership - Writing Intensive||3|
|PRST 3215||Program and Event Development||4|
|PRST 4208||Administration and Organizational Behavior||3|
|PRST 4100||Ethics and Diversity||3|
|PRST 4250||Parks, Health and Wellness Or PRST 4150 Current Issues in Sport|
|Professional Emphasis Requirements (minimum grade of C- in emphasis courses)||12|
|Students completing the degree without a designated emphasis area will take 12 credits of PRST courses to fulfill the professional emphasis requirements|
|Internship (minimum grade of C- in internship courses)||13|
|PRST 3189||Pre-Internship and Career Development Seminar||1|
|PRST 4940||Parks, Recreation, Sport and Tourism Internship||12|
|Professional Option Electives||15|
|Advisor-approved courses specific to the student's selected academic option. At least 6 credits must be from PRST curriculum. These professional electives can be used towards a second professional emphasis.|
|General Education Courses||21-22|
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.
|ENGLSH 1000||3||MATH 1100||3|
|COMMUN 1200 or AG_ED_LD 2220||3||ECONOM 1014 or ABM 1041||3|
|PRST 1010||3||SOCIOL 1000 or RU_SOC 1000||3|
|PRST 1011||1||Humanities & Fine Arts||3|
|Humanities & Fine Arts||3||Missouri State Law Requirement||3|
|Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science||3|
|PSYCH 1000||3||ACCTCY 2010, 2026, 2036, or 2136H||3|
|STAT 1200, 2500, or ESC_PS 4170||3||MRKTNG 3000, ABM 2183, or ABM 3224||3|
|PRST 2281||3||PRST 2750||3|
|Communication Elective||3||Professional Elective||3|
|Biological or Physical Science with Lab||3-4||Emphasis-Area Course||3|
|H_D_FS 2400 or 2400W||3-4||PRST 3215||4|
|PRS Professional Elective||3||Emphasis-Area Course||3|
|Emphasis-Area Course||3||Professional Elective||3|
|PRST 4100||3||General Elective||3|
|PRST 4150 (or Parks, Health and Wellness Course)||3||General Elective||3|
|PRST 4208||3||PRST 4940||12|
|PRS Professional Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120-122|
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