Recreation Management and Policy Major: Program and Event Management Option (B.S.)

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This option prepares students for managerial positions in commercial, public, and nonprofit organizations that provide recreation and leisure services. Curriculum design emphasizes the effective and efficient planning, delivery, and evaluation of leisure-based programs, services, and enterprises. Applied experience is a component of most courses, in addition to a required practicum and the 14-16 week full-time internship under professional supervision. Depending upon the RMP electives and the career support emphasis or minor chosen, students may expect to find employment in a broad range of settings. Recent graduates have found employment in the areas of conference and event planning, municipal park and recreation services, recreational sports, commercial and entrepreneurial recreation businesses, youth-serving agencies, resorts, camps, and natural resource management positions in state and federal agencies.

Core Requirements

All majors must complete a core curriculum of seven courses.

RMP 490Recreation and Leisure in Society 14
RMP 501Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities4
RMP 557Program and Event Design4
RMP 563Recreation Management and Policy Practicum2
RMP 654Professional Development and Ethics2
RMP 664Internship14-16
RMP 724Grantsmanship, Evaluation, and Research4
Total Credits34-36

RMP majors cannot count RMP 490 Recreation and Leisure in Society toward the University Social Sciences requirement.

In addition to the required core courses, students who pursue the program and event management option must complete the following departmental requirements:

Program and Event Management Course Requirements

RMP 559Program and Event Marketing4
RMP 661Recreation and Event Leadership4
RMP 663Recreation and Event Management4
RMP 772Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services4
Statistics - Take any one of the following4
Statistics in Psychology
Business Statistics
Statistical Discovery for Everyone
RMP Electives select three of the following: *12
Issues of Wilderness and Nature in American Society
History of Outdoor Pursuits in North America
Recreational Sport Management
Special Topics (as offered)
Youth Culture and Programs
Festival and Event Planning
Recreation Resource Management
Camp Administration and Leadership
Aging, Advocacy, and Active Learning
Theories and Philosophies of Youth Development
Management and Design of Recreation and Park Facilities
Entrepreneurial and Commercial Recreation
Advanced Topics (as offered)
*RMP courses taken to fulfill the elective course requirement may not also be used to fulfill the emphasis area requirement unless prior approval from the student's academic adviser is obtained in unique circumstances.
Total Credits32

Program and Event Management students must complete a minor or emphasis area of 18–20 credits to support their specific career goals.

Professional Internship

A supervised internship (RMP 664 Internship) is required of all majors and serves as their major capstone requirement. The internship is designed to create a bridge between theory and practical application. Students, working with their advisers and the internship coordinator, select an appropriate setting based on their professional and career interests. They must register for a 14-16 credit full-time internship that ranges from 14 to 16 weeks and is under the supervision of a qualified professional. Specific requirements are identified in the Internship Manual available from the Department of Recreation Management and Policy.