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Academic Program Guide

Recreation and Tourism Management

College: Dedman College of Hospitality
Degree: BS
Limited Access: No

Contact: Rachel Henley
Address: 2550 Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee, FL
Phone: (850) 644-0213

Description of Major
The Recreation and Tourism Management program offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. Professionals in this field manage facilities, programs, and events that enrich people’s lives though high quality and memorable leisure time experiences. Leisure activities are an integral part of people’s lifestyles and billions of dollars are spent annually on recreation programs, activities and facilities in public, private, and nonprofit recreation organizations. Consequently, there is a need for qualified professionals to manage programs, facilities, and services in various agencies and businesses. This is a service- oriented career in which professionals work with people of all ages and backgrounds. To succeed in this field, one should have organizational skills, initiative and energy, and enjoy working with people.

The Recreation and Tourism Management program offers its full degree program at both the Tallahassee campus and the Panama City campus.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework (12 hours)
The following courses must be completed with a C minus or better:

MAC 1105 (3) College Algebra
HFT 1000 (3) Introduction to Hospitality
ECO 2013 (3) Principles of Macroeconomics OR ECO 2023 (3) Principles of Microeconomics
CGS 2100 (3) Microcomputer Applications for Business OR CGS 2518 (3) Spreadsheets for Business (preferred)

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
Admission to the limited access hospitality programs requires the following:
1) completion of at least 52 semester hours;
2) a cumulative grade point average on all college work attempted of at least 2.00;
3) satisfactory completion of all required prerequisite coursework; and
4) successful completion of 1st & 2nd GE English and 1st & 2nd GE Math coursework.


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (39 hours)
All students in this program are required to earn a C minus or better in required coursework and obtain certification in First Aid and CPR prior to internship.

Lower-Division Requirement: (3 hours)
HFT 1000 (3) Introduction to Hospitality

This course is a Term 4 milestone. Transfer students must complete it in their first term of enrollment at FSU.

Hospitality Core Requirements: (18 hours)
HFT 3424 (3) Hospitality Financial Analysis
HFT 3431 (3) Hospitality Managerial Accounting
HFT 3806 (3) Introduction to Food and Beverage Management
HFT 4502 (3) Integrated Marketing for Hospitality
HFT 4224 (3) Hospitality Leadership and Ethics
HFT 3941 (3-12) Internship

Recreation and Tourism Management majors must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of HFT 3941 (Management Internship) totaling 250 approved internship hours.

Recreation & Tourism Major Area Requirements: (21 hours)
LEI 3004 (3) Introduction to Recreation, Tourism and Events
LEI 3420 (3) Recreation Activities Leadership
LEI 3435 (3) Planning Recreational Experiences
HFT 3700 (3) Tourism & Environment
LEI 3843 (3) Commercial Recreation and Tourism
LEI 4602 (3) Planning and Maintenance of Facilities
HFT or LEI (3) Elective
HFT 4941 (0) Work Experience

Required Work Experience
Students enrolled in the Recreation and Tourism Management major must complete at least one thousand (1,000) hours of work experience in the hospitality industry. The work experience must be completed at the post- secondary level. Students must register for HFT 4941 Work Experience in their final semester to document this work experience.

Computer Skills Competency:
CGS 2060 (3) or CGS 2100 (3) or equivalent will meet the requirement for this major.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through with an approved college-level course, like SPC 1017 or SPC 2608.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36
Major Coursework 39
Gen. Program Prerequisite 12
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 0 beyond prerequisite courses
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

The Dedman College of Hospitality offers an undergraduate Certificate in Special Events which consists of LEI 3312, LEI 4314, LEI 4561, and LEI 4864. The student must earn a “C” or higher in each of the four courses taken for credit and maintain a 2.5 (C+) grade point average or higher in the four courses for the certificate to be granted.

For more information, contact the Certificate Coordinator, Rosemary Prince, by e-mail at or visit the Dedman website at for full certificate information.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. All students in this program are required to obtain certification in First Aid and CPR prior to internship.

Employment Information
Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Parks and Recreation Director, Guest Services Director, Athletics Supervisor, Cultural Arts Supervisor, Recreation Program Director, Recreation Supervisor, Campus Recreation Director, Facility Manager, Resort Activities Director, Aquatics Supervisor, Tour Guide/Director, Fishing Charters Manager, Marina Manager, Program Director, Outdoor Recreation Manager, Conservation Manager, Park Ranger, Camp Coordinator.

Representative Employers: National and state recreation and park agencies, nonprofit community organizations, commercial recreation businesses, visitor and convention bureau, employee recreation programs, armed forces recreation, private clubs, resorts, colleges and universities, camps, tourism agencies, retirement communities, recreation/fishing product suppliers, equestrian centers, and commercial marinas.

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