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Academic Program Guide

Recreation and Tourism Management

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Fall 2021 and after)

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and multicultural requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

The Dedman College of Hospitality is nationally and internationally known. The program was established in 1947 in recognition of the demand for hospitality industry executives. The curriculum is designed so students not only learn the hospitality industry, but they are specifically prepared to lead in the recreation and tourism field. Graduates understand the basic functions, objectives, and tools of recreation and tourism that are common to all management roles within this field.

Professionals in this field manage facilities, programs, and services that enrich people’s lives by providing high quality memorable experiences in the leisure time of both residents and tourists.

Recreation and Tourism Management is a limited-access major. To be admitted to the major, you must have completed at least 52 hours, have earned a “C minus" or better in the Admission Prerequisite Courses (MAC1105, HFT1000, CGS2100 or CGS2518 (preferred) and either ECO2013 or ECO2023) and have the required overall GPA of a
2.00 or higher.

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; and
3) satisfactory completion of all required prerequisite coursework.
4) successful completion of 1st & 2nd GE English and 1st & 2nd GE Math coursework

Mapping Coordinator: Kim Burkes

Sample Schedule

Term 1 hrs
ENC 1101 Freshman Composition3
MAC 1105 College Algebra3
ECO2013 Macroeconomics OR ECO2023 Microeconomics3
GE History3
HFT1000 Introduction to Hospitality3
Milestones 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Overall GPA 2.00 or higher
Term 2 hrs
ENC 2135 Research, Genre, and Context3
GE Natural Science3
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice or Ethics3
GE Elective3
GE Elective3
Milestones 2
Complete ENC 2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAC1105 ( ≥ C minus )
Overall GPA 2.00 or higher
Term 3 hrs
CGS2100 Microcomputer Applications OR CGS2518 Spreadsheets3
2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics3
SIP course3
Oral Communication Competency course3
GE Elective3
Milestones 3
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics course ( ≥ C minus )
Complete ECO2013 or ECO2023 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete CGS2100 or CGS2518 ( ≥ C minus )
Overall GPA 2.00 or higher
Term 4 hrs
GE Core Natural Science and Lab4
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice or Ethics (LEI 2318 Events, Ethics & Sustainability Recommended)3
Writing course3
GE Elective3
GE Elective3
Milestones 4
Complete HFT1000 ( ≥ C minus )
Overall GPA 2.00 or higher
Be in Good Academic Standing with the University
Term 5 hrs
HFT 3424 Hospitality Financial Analysis3
HFT 3806 Introduction to Food/Beverage Management3
LEI 3004 Introduction to Recreation, Tourism and Events 3
LEI 3420 Recreation Activities Leadership3
HFT or LEI Elective 3
Milestones 5
Complete HFT3424 or HFT3806 ( ≥ C minus )
Civic Literacy requirement
Term 6 hrs
LEI 3843 Commercial Recreation and Tourism3
LEI 3435 Planning Recreational Experiences (*Pre-Requisite Course: LEI 3420)3
HFT 3431 Managerial Accounting 3
HFT or LEI Elective 3
Milestones 6
Complete BOTH HFT3424 and HFT3806 ( ≥ C minus ) in each
Term 7 hrs
HFT 4502 integrated Marketing3
HFT 3700 Tourism and Environment3
HFT or LEI Elective 3
HFT or LEI Elective 3
Milestones 7
Complete a Pre-Graduation Check
Term 8 hrs
HFT 4224 Leadership & Ethics3
LEI 4602 Planning and Maintenance of Facilities3
HFT 3941 Internship3
HFT or LEI Elective3
HFT 4941 Work Experience0
Milestones 8
Apply for Graduation in 1st two weeks

Employment Information
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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