Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Areas of Concentration
- Recreation Management
- Sport Management
- Tourism Management
The Bachelor of Science curriculum in Recreation, Sport and Tourism (RST) prepares students to design, manage, and market recreation, sport and tourism enterprises. It provides a firm foundation for careers in the industry or for subsequent graduate study. A broad general education is complemented by a core of professional courses. The program includes a foundation that describes and integrates state-of-the-art theory and practice. Beyond that foundation, students choose to specialize in recreation, sport or tourism. The program also allows multiple specializations so that students can prepare for leadership by including combinations of recreation, sport and tourism courses in their curriculum. The major requires 128 credit hours for graduation. It consists of five components: general education requirements [36 hours], core requirements [39 hours], concentration requirements [9 hours], electives [32 hours], and an internship [12 hours].
- The General Education requirements (GenEd) describe the mandatory courses all students campus-wide must take in order to graduate. They are an important component of students' education at the University of Illinois.
- The Core Courses provide the necessary classes to enable students to understand the magnitude, characteristics, and impacts of the recreation, sport and tourism industry. The core courses also include training in management, marketing, finance, and strategy so that knowledge about the industry can be applied in the professional world.
- Concentration Requirements enable students to develop advanced specialized knowledge about the substance and management in their preferred realm of the recreation, sport and tourism industry. Students pick at least one aspect – recreation or sport or tourism – in which to specialize. Students also have the freedom to specialize in any two or all three.
- Electives give students the capacity to tailor their education by exploring topics of interest, and by broadening and deepening their skills and understandings. Students can blend non-required courses offered in Recreation, Sport and Tourism with courses offered anywhere in the university. In consultation with their advisor, students can develop a curriculum that precisely matches their needs and interests.
- The Internship is a capstone experience through which students spend a semester applying all that they have learned. They work with a recreation, sport or tourism organization of their choosing in order to gain added familiarity with the industry, and to hone their skills.
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General Education Requirements
- RST 100 - Recreation, Sport and Tourism in Modem Society
- RST 101 - Orientation to Recreation, Sport and Tourism
- RST 200 - Leadership in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
- RST 255 - Ethnical Issues in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
- RST 210 - Management in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
- RST 240 - Financial Resource Management in Recreation, Sport and Tourism RST 325 -Marketing in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
- RST 340 - Facility Management in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
- RST 360 - Communication in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
- RST 370 - Research Methods and Analysis in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
- RST 410 - Strategic Thinking in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
- RST 429 - Contemporary Issues in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
- RST 460 - Event Management in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
- RST 465 - Event Implementation and Evaluation in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Recreation and Park Management
- RST 120 - Parks, Recreation and the Environment
- RST 317 - Designing Parks and Recreation Experiences
- RST 441 - Community Planning and Engagement
- RST 130 - Foundations of Sport Management
- RST 354 - Legal Aspects of Sport
- RST 430 - Sport and Development
- RST 150 - Foundations of Tourism Management
- RST 350 -Tourism and Culture
- RST 450 -Tourism Planning and Development
Departmental courses not required in the core or counted toward concentration requirement
Any courses not counted toward core requirements, concentration requirements or restricted electives
- RST 485 (12)
For more information regarding our Internship program, please see this page.