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Bachelor of Science Degree Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

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Our Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management baccalaureate degree program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). For more information click here.

NC State also has the only natural resources recreation program in the state!

Our Geographic Information Systems Laboratory is the largest of its kind in the country managed by a recreation department.

Tourism is currently the state's second largest industry providing job opportunities in resorts, local convention and visitors bureaus, event planning agencies, marketing agencies and meeting/conference centers.

Students have an opportunity to minor in a variety of disciplines (i.e. business, non-profits, sociology, a foreign language, psychology, and outdoor leadership)


The NC State Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management program will prepare you for a career in this exciting, fast-paced, and growing profession. Students choose one of three possible specialties: GIS students

  1. Park and Natural Resource Concentration ( PDF flyer)
  2. Program Management Concentration (PDF flyer)
  3. Tourism and Commercial Recreation Concentration (PDF flyer)

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Internships and Professional Experience

Like being an engaged learner? Then you will enjoy our "learning outside the classroom experience". Field excursions, internships, co-ops, and volunteer experiences introduce students to potential career settings which include:

  • parks
  • public and commercial recreation facilities
  • sport and country clubs
  • corporate sport and fitness facilities
  • historic sites
  • YM/YWCAs
  • convention centers and visitor bureaus
  • resort and outdoor adventure facilities

Trips to state, city and county parks and forests enhance instruction in outdoor recreation management. Participate in a week-long national consortium with professional experts, students and faculty from other universities. Connect with professional athletics and organizations. These are all opportunities that abound in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.

All students are required to participate in a summer internship with an organization of their choice. The department has established relationships with many organizations and assists students in finding the right fit for them.