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The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Masters of Science (non-thesis) Degree

Curriculum

The M.S. non-thesis in PRTM consists of 30 credit hours of on-line coursework. The M.S. non-thesis contains 4 core classes, 1 class in management, and 4 concentration classes. In addition, all students will be required to complete a 3 credit hour culminating project. The three concentration areas that will be offered for the M.S. non-thesis degree will be Travel and Tourism, Parks and Conservation Area Management, and Community Recreation Management. Up to 12 credits of graduate courses below the 800-level may count toward the degree requirements as determined by the Graduate Committee. No more than 12 hours earned as a non-degree seeking student may count toward the M.S. (non-thesis) degree.

The curriculum of the Master of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management consists of ten 3-credit hour courses.

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  • Core Classes

    PRTM 801 – Philosophical Foundations of Recreation and Park Administration - Current theories and philosophies in recreation as they are influenced by and have influence on leisure and the changing environment in America. Students develop their own professional philosophies of leisure.

    PRTM 808 – Behavioral Aspects of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management - Behavioral aspects of recreation, focusing on the social and psychological dimensions of the recreation experience in a variety of environments and activities.

    PRTM 811 – Research Methods in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management - Principles, methods, and strategies for planning, designing, evaluating and applying studies of recreation.

    EX ST 801 – Statistical Methods I - Role and application of statistics in research; estimation, test of significance, analysis of variance, multiple comparison techniques, basic designs, mean square expectations, variance components analysis, simple and multiple linear regression, and correlation, and nonparametric procedures.

  • Concentration Classes

    Parks and Conservation Areas Management

    PRTM 807 – Recreation Behavior in Natural Environments - Social, psychological and environmental influences on human behavior; identification of theoretical perspectives to explain behavior and to resolve problems in recreation resource management.

    PRTM 630 – World Geography of Parks and Equivalent Reserves - Major international patterns in the provision and use of urban and rural parks and recreation are examined.

    PRTM 820 – Recreation Resource Policy Issues and Processes - Outdoor recreation policy-formation structures and processes are surveyed through case studies involving past and current public policy issues.

    PRTM 631 – Methods of Environmental Interpretation - Practice and instruction in the use of equipment and methods available to the interpreter in public contact work. Coaching in presentation and evaluation of live programs and in design, execution, and evaluation of mediated programs is the major emphasis.

    Travel and Tourism Management

    PRTM TBD – Heritage Tourism - Critical readings and discussion about heritage and its role in tourism.  While many different types and forms of heritage tourism will be explored particular attention is given to topics and issues raised by tourism at World Heritage sites.

    PRTM 840 – Tourism Planning - Tourism planning procedures and techniques; planning process and associate concerns such as market, facility, infrastructure, environment, culture, and economics.

    PRTM 842 - Understanding the Discipline of Tourism - An introduction to the field of tourism research, the cooperative and dynamic nature of decision making in tourism; the contributions made by various disciplines towards understanding the consequences of tourism trade and activity; and identification of critical issues in the study of travel and tourism.

    PRTM 844 - Sustainable Tourism - Course provides a host population view to the tourism industry especially in developing countries with focuses on past successes and failures in local development through tourism; environmental, cultural and historical sustainability; global policies for tourism development; theories of diversity, colonization, and historical change in developing countries; and the effects of tourism on globalization.

    Community Recreation Management

    PRTM 802 – Group Processes in Leisure Services - Improvement in human relations skills; knowledge of interpersonal needs and problems of individuals and groups. Students gain understanding of how others affect them and how they affect others and become more effective professional recreators, park administrators, supervisors, interpreters and educators.

    PRTM 821 – Grants and Alternative Funding for PRTM - Examine alternative funding options for public and nonprofit parks and recreation agencies. Students will gain practical experience in grant identification and writing as well as identifying potential funding sources for agencies.

    PRTM 825 – Understanding Populations in PRTM - Development of a conceptual understanding about the leisure patterns and constraints of people of diverse populations and across the lifespan. Populations might include ethnic and racial minorities, people with disabilities, people with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, status, gender, and people with alternative cultures and beliefs.

    PRTM ???? - Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations - Description needed

  • Certificates - 12 credit hours

    Parks and International Tourism

    PRTM 807 – Recreation Behavior in Natural Environments - Social, psychological and environmental influences on human behavior; identification of theoretical perspectives to explain behavior and to resolve problems in recreation resource management.

    PRTM 630 – World Geography of Parks and Equivalent Reserves - Major international patterns in the provision and use of urban and rural parks and recreation are examined.

    PRTM 840 – Tourism Planning - Tourism planning procedures and techniques; planning process and associate concerns such as market, facility, infrastructure, environment, culture, and economics.

    PRTM 842 - Understanding the Discipline of Tourism - An introduction to the field of tourism research, the cooperative and dynamic nature of decision making in tourism; the contributions made by various disciplines towards understanding the consequences of tourism trade and activity; and identification of critical issues in the study of travel and tourism.

    Festivals and Event Management

    PRTM 846 -  Event Management & Special Events - Special Events is a required course for the on-line certificate in Event Management. This class is designed to provide an overview of the meetings, conventions and events industry. Topics included are feasibility, visibility, and sustainability of the event process in addition to event creation and orchestration.

    PRTM 847 - Event Marketing - The course examines a wide range of activities involved with the marketing of special events. In these unique contexts of both public and private events, meetings, fairs, festivals, and expositions, students will become familiar with even production and promotion as well as developing a marketing plan.

    PRTM 848 - Risk Management for Events and Meetings - This course focuses on the legal, ethical, and financial responsibilities of event managers. Topics included are: risk identification; risk analysis and planning of events/festivals; health, safety, and fire codes; loss prevention and security controls. Practices and procedures used by events and festivals will be utilized in this class.

    PRTM 849 - Sustainable Event Management - Sustainable Event Management focuses on impacts that events have on the environment. Practices related to reduction of social and environmental impacts that events have are discussed. Topics will include: green positioning, carbon reductions, water use and conservation,  ethics and waste management

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For more information

Please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at PRTMGrd@clemson.edu or call (864) 656-3400 or (864-656-5679 for more information. The FAX number is: (864) 656-2226. You may also fill out our Prospective Student Request for Information.If you would like to submit the Departmental Supplemental Information Form, please fill out the form. A formal Graduate School application must also be submitted. Please see http://www.grad.clemson.edu/Admission.php  for information.

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