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Academic Program Guide

Recreation, Tourism and Events

College: Dedman School of Hospitality
Degree: B.S.
Limited Access: No

Contact: Kim Burkes
Address: 2205 Univ. Center, Bldg. B, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: 850-644-8410

Description of Major
The Recreation, Tourism and Events 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, events and facilities in public, private, and nonprofit recreation organizations. Consequently there is a need for qualified professionals to manage programs, facilities, and events 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 organization skills, initiative and energy, and enjoy working with people.

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

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework (3 hours)
The following course must be completed in preparation for the upper-division major:
CGS X060 or CGS X100 (3) Computer Literacy

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
To be admitted to this program, students must have completed an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public institution or have completed at least 52 hours of coursework, including six (6) hours of Freshman English Composition, six (6) hours of college-level math, and no more than six (6) hours remaining of the General Education requirements. Students must also have completed CGS X060 or CGS X100.


Major Program of Studies at FSU (60 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.

Professional Course Requirements (28 hours)
LEI 3004 (3) Introduction to Recreation, Tourism and Events
LEI 3312 (3) Introduction to Special Events
LEI 3420 (3) Recreation Activities Leadership
LEI 3435 (3) Planning Recreational Experiences
LEI 3843 (3) Commercial Recreation and Tourism
LEI 4551 (3) Administration in Recreation, Tourism and Events
LEI 4524 (3) Leadership and Supervision in Recreation, Tourism and Events
LEI 4602 (3) Planning and Maintenance of Facilities
LEI 4881 (3) Assessment, Research and Evaluation
LEI 4930 (1) Senior Seminar

Experiential Courses (17 hours)
LEI 4921A/4921B (1, 1) Field Work in Recreation, Tourism and Events
LEI 4940 (15) Internship in Recreation, Tourism and Events

Major Specialization Courses (15 hours)
15 hours of major specialization courses must be taken from the approved list provided to students upon program admission.

Computer Skills Competency:
CGS 2060 (3) or CGS 2100 (3) or equivalent will meet the requirement for this major. LEI 4864 is also approved to meet this requirement.

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 60
Gen. Program Prerequisite 3-4
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 0 beyond prerequisite courses
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.
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: Recreation Director, Special Events Manager, Guest Services Director, Sports Supervisor, Cultural Arts Supervisor, Recreation Program Director, Recreation Supervisor, Campus Recreation Director, Facility Manager, Resort Activities Director, Aquatic Supervisor, Tour Director, Conventions Coordinator.

Representative Employers: City recreation and park agencies, nonprofit community organizations, event management companies, commercial recreation businesses, employee recreation programs, armed forces recreation, private clubs, resort recreation and event divisions, colleges and universities, camps, sports organizations, tourism agencies, resort and retirement communities.

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