Parks & Recreation Management

Parks and recreation management is about the management of parks, protected areas and community-based recreation services and special event management.

For this major you’ll take lots of parks and recreation management classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career in parks and recreation management.

Sample Courses

Recreation and Sport Management Courses:

  • Leisure and Quality of Life
  • Recreation and Natural Resources
  • Wilderness and Parks in America
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Festival Site Design
  • Special Event Onsite Operations
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Leadership in Recreation and Tourism
  • Inclusive and Special Recreation and Sport
  • Recreation and Sport Leadership
  • Leisure and Society
  • Program Planning in Recreation and Sport
  • Recreation Planning, Design, and Maintenance
  • Managing Risk in Sport and Recreation
  • Budgeting and Accounting for Special Events
  • Innovative Practices in Recreation and Sport
  • Contemporary Issues in Leisure
  • Event Protocol, Ethics and Etiquette
  • Recreation Research and Evaluation
  • Outdoor Survival
  • Team Building Strategies
  • Outdoor Adventure Leadership

General Curriculum Requirements:

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology