Welcome to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) at North Carolina State University. PRTM is the oldest nationally accredited program of its kind in the country. Since it began in 1947 our program’s strength can be found in its breadth and diversity. We prepare students for professional careers in parks, recreation, tourism, golf and recreational sports. The educational opportunities afforded students in our undergraduate programs give them a competitive edge for employment at the local, state, and national levels.
Our graduate programs continue to grow and expand. In addition to our masters of science and doctoral degree programs, PRTM offers distance education versions of its professional masters in parks, recreation, sport, and tourism management and its professional masters in geographic information science and technology. Making these two degree programs accessible on-line positions us to meet the needs of a professional workforce in a fast-paced and ever-changing world.
Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their applied research expertise in recreation behavior, park and protected area planning and management for recreational uses, tourism planning and development, program marketing and development, human health and well-being related to physical activity, youth development and sport management, golf management, and using geospatial sciences to understand and interpret research findings. Our faculty take their roles as teachers, researchers, and extension educators seriously as is evidenced by the number of awards they receive at the department and university levels for teaching and student advising and outreach and extension activities. Their individual publication records, the professional journal editorships, books published, professional society memberships and key roles and responsibilities they hold within these professional organizations speak highly of their commitment to their roles as educators and researchers and to the importance and stature of their research findings within the broader research community.
As we move forward PRTM will continue to work steadily to educate its students by providing them with the latest knowledge and tools to address society’s most pressing needs. Our research will continue to focus on ways to promote health and enjoyment in people’s lives as well as contribute to the natural and cultural sustainability of recreation resources in communities by creating and applying information for the lifelong learning of current and future professionals who support the value of recreation, parks, tourism, and sports.
Dr. Myron F. Floyd, Professor and Department Head