The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Undergraduate Program

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Nearly one third of your life is spent playing. Recreational activities are just as necessary as sleeping or eating. In the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, students learn how to manage recreational activities, take an active role in the environment, and perform scientific studies on tourism and the effects on a local, regional, and national economy.  This is only a portion of the skill sets you will learn in this department. If you want to find out more, listen to what some of our students have to say.

The undergraduate curriculum in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management prepares students for a variety of careers in public and private settings. The undergraduate curriculum provides a broad exposure to the knowledge and skills required to manage recreation, park, and tourism programs and resources. Examples of such programs and positions include those for municipalities, institutions, voluntary and youth serving agencies, management positions within the travel and tourism industry, and as resource managers of local, state, and federal parks and related lands and waters.

Flexibility within the curriculum is achieved by permitting each student to select course work from among several concentration areas that include Community Recreation, Sport, and Camp Management; Park & Conservation Area Management; Therapeutic Recreation; and Travel and Tourism Management. The latitude in selection permits maximum accommodation of the individual student's interests and professional career objectives. The student may complete requirements for a minor. A departmental honor's program is also offered.

PRTM EDGE (Engaging in Diverse Guided Experiences) Semester

The PRTM EDGE Semester is a collaborative and unique approach to delivering of the core PRTM content to all second semester sophomores who are PRTM majors. This approach allows the content to be delivered in a flexible and integrative manner incorporating innovative teaching methods, Creative Inquiry research, real world experiences, HEHD Dispositions and experiential learning. During this semester the students own the faculty’s time and the faculty own the students’ time. With this flexibility, core course content is interwoven throughout the semester and taught using a variety of modalities including but not limited to: field experiences, service learning, small and large group work, learning portfolios, volunteer experiences in the community, participation in workshops and conferences, lectures, creative inquiry, and field trips to visit with leading PRTM professionals. The focus of this semester is not only to prepare students for their chosen profession but to also assist them in the development of knowledge and skills needed to be contributing and engaged members of society. For more information, see very bottom of the linked website)Webcast - Clemson University Service-Learning -- the EDGE Program: Using Engagement Experiences to Create an Effective Learning Environment.

Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership

A Non-Profit Leadership Certificate is available for undergraduate students interested in working in the Non-Profit Youth and Human Services area. This is not to be confused with the Leadership Certificate Program offered through The College of Health, Education, and Human Development (HEHD) and the Clemson University Division of Student Affairs (SA). This is a leadership certificate program for those students interested in enhancing their university careers with a specialized leadership component.

Academic Advising

Academic advising, along with teaching, research, and service, is central to achieving the fundamental goals of higher education. Academic advising is an educational process that requires concern for and consideration of all the fundamental goals encompassed in higher education. Teaching students to understand the meaning of higher education, teaching students to understand the purpose of the curriculum, and fostering students' intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning are the particular goals of academic advising. Academic advising is a multidimensional and intentional process, grounded in teaching and learning, with its own purpose, content, and specified outcomes. The Undergraduate Advising Center advises freshmen, sophomore, and transfer students in the majors of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (PRTM), Nursing, Health Science, and all areas of Education. For PRTM's advisor, please contact: Micky Ward ( mickyw@clemson.edu), 309 Edwards Hall, Tel: 864.656.5491. See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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Students Speak: College of HEHD
Testimonials of what it's like to earn a degree in the College of Health, Education, and Human Development

PRTM 405 Internship PRTM 206/207 Information

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