BS in Parks, Recreation and Tourism with Emphasis in Leisure Service Management

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, recreation, more than $152 billion in sport management, and a $1.3 trillion investment in tourism. Students interested in Parks Recreation and Tourism are individuals who are active, involved in sports and the great outdoors, enjoy travel.  The BS in Parks, Recreation & Tourism with emphasis in Leisure Service Management focuses on quality of life issues within our local and global communities. Areas of study include personnel management and leadership, recreation for individuals with disabilities, program development, and park management. Careers include aquatics and facility manager, recreation specialists, camp management, adventure recreation, campus recreation, community and recreation complex manager, and golf course superintendent. 

Major Program Requirements

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

AG_EC 3224New Products Marketing3
or AG_EC 3285 Problems in Agricultural Economics
or MANGMT 3540 Introduction to Business Law
or SOCIOL 2200 Social Inequalities
or SOCIOL 3255 Youth in Today's World
or SOCIOL 3430 The Sociology of Sport
or P_R_TR 3230 Introduction to Parks and Outdoor Recreation Services
or P_R_TR 4356 Tourism Management
or PUB_AF 4001 Topics in Public Affairs
P_R_TR 4333Park Management3
P_R_TR 2355Private and Commercial Recreation Principles and Practice3
Total Credits9

Semester Plan

Refer to the Semester Plan for the BS in Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

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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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