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

Degree Program Description

The BS in Parks, Recreation, Sport and Tourism with emphasis in Recreation Administration 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.  Recreation administrators are engaged in a variety of public and private entities including parks and recreation systems, sports complexes, golf courses, resorts, recreation centers, aquatic theme parks and pools, and campus recreation facilities. They are responsible for management and operations, including fiscal responsibility. 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

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

Recreation Administration Emphasis Area Coursework

Emphasis Area Core Requirements (minimum grade of C-)
PRST 2111Park Planning and Design3
PRST 2355Private and Commercial Recreation and Sport 3
PRST 3220Introduction to Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities3
PRST 3400Sport and Recreation Marketing 4
PRST 4333Park and Sport Facility Operations3
Emphasis Area Professional Electives18
Advisor approved courses specific to the student's selected emphasis. At least 9 credits must have a PRST designator. These professional electives can be used towards a second emphasis.
Total Credits34

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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 12003Missouri State Law Requirement3
PRST 10103SOCIOL 10003
PRST 10111PRST 22813
Humanities & Fine Arts3PRST 23553
Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science3 
 16 15
Second Year
PSYCH 10003PRST 32103
STAT 1200, ABM 2123, or ESC_PS 41703ABM 1041 or ECONOM 10143
AGSC_COM 3240, COMMUN 2100, ENGLSH 2030, or THEATR 14003General Elective3
PRST 27503Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science with Lab3-4
PRST 21113PRST 32203
 15 15-16
Third Year
PRST 3215W4PRST 4250 or 41503
PRST 34003Professional Elective3
Professional Elective3Professional Elective3
ACCTCY 2010, 2026, or 20363General Elective3
Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science3ABM 3224, 3224W, MRKTNG 3000, or ABM 32233
 16 15
Fourth Year
PRST 42083PRST 494012
PRST 43333 
PRST 31891 
Professional Elective3 
Professional Elective3 
Professional Elective3 
 16 12
Total Credits: 120-121

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.

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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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