Parks, Recreation and Tourism

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The public’s desire for quality of life, the pursuit of happiness and well-organized leisure activities drives a $600 billion marketplace supporting parks and recreation, more than $152 billion in sport management and a $1.3 trillion investment in tourism. If you want to you apply yourself intellectually and physically at work, consider a degree in parks, recreation and tourism.

Career Opportunities

Acquire a broad knowledge of management procedures in the parks, recreation, tourism and sports while earning your parks, recreation and tourism degree from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Municipal Park Recreation Services Marketing
  • Ticket Sales
  • Professional Sports Team Operations
  • Visitors Bureau Leadership
  • National Park Service
  • Collegiate Athletics
  • Sporting Goods Brand Management

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Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources BuildingThis degree offers several emphases, including:

Sport Management

The economics of sport management drive a wide variety of opportunities including professional and collegiate sports, sporting goods, media, administration and finance. This emphasis prepares you for post-baccalaureate and graduate work in law, business or sport.

Leisure Service Management

Work within a wide variety of public and private entities including public parks, sports complexes, golf courses, resorts and recreation centers. You can oversee management and operations, safety, education, marketing, finance and community relations.

Tourism Development

Grow in careers associated with tourism venues and enterprises; resorts; local, state and regional economic development agencies; and visitor and convention services. Promote your clients through special events, public relations materials or relationships with various local interest groups.

Natural Resource Recreation Management

Work for local, state and federal agencies such as large metropolitan, state and federal park systems. You can manage park operations, resources and facilities; park planning and design; outdoor recreation programming; and environmental education.

Student interning at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City RoyalsPrevious Internship Highlights

Sport Management: Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Mizzou Athletics, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Blues, WNBA Chicago Sky

Leisure Service Management: Show-Me State Games, Kansas City Sports Commission, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Chicago Park District

Tourism Development: Alaska Major Marine Tours, Rawlings Sporting Goods

Natural Resource Recreation Management: Columbia Parks & Rec., Missouri State Parks, National Park Service

Core Areas of Study

  • Leadership and Personal Management
  • Parks Health and Wellness
  • Recreation Principles, Practice and Administration
  • Business of Sport

Major requirements for Parks, Recreation and Tourism degree

Requirements for emphasis areas:

Courses for Parks, Recreation and Tourism degree

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Related Minor

A minor in hospitality management can supplement a parks, recreation and tourism degree. Gain knowledge of customer interaction, business and management from coursework that will be a useful asset for jobs within tourism, sports and parks and recreation industries.

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Clubs & Organizations

  • Sport, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Association
  • Rho Phi Lambda