Recreation, Sport, & Tourism

Major Description

In this major, you'll learn how to design, manage, and deliver recreation, sport, and tourism activities and services to different populations. Course topics include management, planning and development, event design, theory, and research. You’ll choose from three concentrations: Recreation Management, Sport Management, or Tourism Management.


Students pick at least one aspect – recreation or sport or tourism – in which to specialize. Students also have the freedom to specialize in any two or all three.


Recreation Management prepares you for leadership and administrative roles in public, non-profit, and commercial recreational organizations. You'll focus on skills for developing and delivering recreation programs and services at local, state, and national levels. Examples include youth development, health promotion, and outdoor recreation.

Sport Management encompasses the governance, administration, and marketing of spectator, entertainment, and participatory sports. Accompanying industries include multimedia, sport manufacturing and retail, and facilities

Tourism management is one of the world's largest industries. It focuses on developing and implementing quality travel and tourism experiences. This includes considering the impact that attractions, events, environment, and technology have on these experiences.

Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • RST 100—RST in Modern Society
  • RST 101—Orientation to RST
  • RST 120—Foundations of Recreation
  • RST 130—Foundations of Sports Management
  • RST 150—Foundations of Tourism
  • RST 200—Leadership in RST

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

Recreation, sport and tourism (RST) offer outstanding career prospects because they are each facets of the world’s largest and fastest growing industry. 

  • Administrative
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Program Planning
  • Leadership and supervisory
  • Outdoor ability
  • Physical fitness
  • Oral and written communication
  • Public speaking
  • People skills
  • Ability to work independently & in groups
  • Organize activities
  • Follow-through skills
  • Remaining objective
  • Endurance
  • Adventure Travel Coordinator
  • Amusement Park Operations Worker
  • Camp Director
  • Campus Recreation Director
  • Club House Manager
  • Conference Coordinator
  • Corporate Event Manager
  • Commercial Recreation 
  • Community Recreation
  • Collegiate/Scholastic Athletic Administration
  • Cruise Ship Activity Director
  • Cultural Arts Director
  • Destination Marketing
  • Destination Sales and Promotion
  • Facility Manager
  • Forest Ranger
  • Government Tourism Manager
  • Hotel & Resort Manager
  • Hospitality & Event Planning
  • Marketing Director
  • Nonprofit Agency Director
  • Park District Director
  • Park Development Manager
  • Recreation Manager
  • Recreation Programs Supervisor
  • Resort Development and Management
  • Sports Promotion Director
  • Stadium Manager
  • Senior Park Manager
  • Sport Sales and Promotion
  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Governance Nonprofit and Community
  • Sport Facility and Event Management
  • Sport Professional
  • Sport Olympic/International Sport
  • Tourism Development and Planning







Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:
  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Applied Health Sciences Student Council: Educates students of the various academic, social, and professional opportunities available. Promotes enhanced interaction between students, alumni, staff, in addition to organizations within the college of Applied Health Sciences.
    • Sport Business Administration: Find out more information about this great student-led organization and contact the faculty advisor Michael Raycraft at
    • Play for Change: For more information about this great student-led organization please contact their faculty advisor, John-Welty Peachy at:
Further Information:

There are several professional organizations dedicated to a career in Recreation, Sport and Tourism.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of RST.  These organizations include World Tourism Organization and North American Society for Sports Management.