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Academic Program Guide

Recreation and Tourism Management

College: Dedman College of Hospitality
Degree: BS
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: Renee Dyehouse
Address: Dedman College of Hospitality, University Center B 2200
Phone: (850) 644-8410

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available at BOTH the main campus in Tallahassee, FL and the Panama City, FL campus. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

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. Recreational activities are an integral part of healthy, fulling 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 in an outdoor and/or busy environment.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework (3 hours)
The following course must be completed with a C minus or better:

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
1) Completion of at least 52 semester hours;
2) A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all college work attempted;
3) Satisfactory completion of required prerequisite course; 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.

Hospitality Core Requirements: (15 hours)
HFT 3424 (3) Hospitality Financial Analysis
HFT 3431 (3) Hospitality Managerial Accounting
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: (24 hours)
LEI 1000 (3) Introduction to Recreation and Tourism
LEI 3420 (3) Recreation Activities Leadership
HFT 3700 (3) Tourism & Environment
LEI 3843 (3) Commercial Recreation and Tourism
LEI 4602 (3) Planning and Maintenance of Facilities
Approved Electives (6) as outlined on department website
HFT 4941 (0) Work Experience

An updated list of approved recreation electives can be found on the department website:

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 recreation field. 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.

Digital Literacy:
CGS 2100 (3) or CGS 2518 (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 course
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120


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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.

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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