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Our expert faculty lead students in a hands-on education that prepares them to enter the workforce career-ready.

Pathway to Success

Whether you want to plan outdoor adventures, manage professional sporting events or work in a national park, you’ve come to the right place. NC State’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management provides a unique undergraduate experience that will put you on the path to a successful and rewarding career.

No matter which degree program you choose, you will enjoy a practical education that combines theory and classroom instruction with hands-on experiences and real-world research. From program planning and marketing to budgeting and policy, you will develop the skills to land a job with nonprofits, national parks, tourist destinations, and sport venues and teams.

Housed in one of the smaller colleges on campus, our department offers a personable and friendly atmosphere where you will benefit from one-on-one interactions with faculty experts. By gaining an understanding of the many aspects of sport and recreation, you will leave our department ready to take on an advanced degree or pursue an array of career paths in one of the world’s most diverse and fastest-growing industries.

An Industry of Opportunity

Employment of people working in recreation professions is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.