Studies continuously show the physical and mental benefits of green spaces, sports participation and community experiences. Our faculty and graduates are dedicated to finding sustainable solutions that make our communities better places to live and explore.
Dr. Michael Kanters, Interim Department Head
Our students enjoy close relationship with faculty as they earn a practical education that combines theory and classroom instruction with hands-on experiences and real-world research.
Working side-by-side with world class faculty and industry leaders, our graduate students gain the knowledge to become faculty members, researchers, policymakers and professionals.
A Leader in Outdoor Recreation
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management received the National Recreation Resource Leadership Award from the Society of Outdoor Professionals.Learn about what sets us apart
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Jan 12, 2021
Study Finds Risk Factors Linked to COVID-19 Mental Health Impacts for College Students
A study of students at seven U.S. universities identified risk factors for greater mental health impacts linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nov 30, 2020
Study Spotlights Black Social Reformer, Parks and Rec Pioneer, on Chicago’s South Side
In a new paper, researchers highlight the contributions of Ada S. McKinley to the parks and recreation and settlement house movements.
Dec 21, 2020
Study Identifies Amenities Parents Want in Public Parks
Parents from diverse backgrounds value parks that offer playgrounds, sports fields and green spaces, and safety, according to a survey from NC State researchers.
Nov 23, 2020
Graduation to Vocation: Enhancing Tourism in Latin America
Jonathan Rosales Hernandez will pursue a master’s degree in tourism so he can help struggling communities.