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Park & Recreation Management (Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies, B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Studies with a concentration in Park and Recreation Management prepares students for careers as professionals working in city/county, state and federal agencies, YMCAs, outdoor leadership schools such as Outward Bound and NOLS, camps, environmental centers, college outdoor programs, and other non-profit organizations. Students graduating from the park and recreation management concentration will meet the requirements to take the national certification exam administered by the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) Certification Board. After passing the national exam, students will become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and be able to work in a variety of service agencies.

Park & Recreation Management (Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies, B.S.)


Description


What is Park & Recreation Management at ODU like?

The Bachelor of Science degree in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Studies with a concentration in Park and Recreation Management prepares students for careers as professionals working in city/county, state and federal agencies, YMCAs, outdoor leadership schools such as Outward Bound and NOLS, camps, environmental centers, college outdoor programs, and other non-profit organizations. Students graduating from the park and recreation management concentration will meet the requirements to take the national certification exam administered by the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) Certification Board. After passing the national exam, students will become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and be able to work in a variety of service agencies.

Program Highlights


What makes Park & Recreation Management at ODU unique?

  • Multiple PRTS courses in the park and recreation management concentration require service-learning experiences. Examples include: Family Diabetes Camp, ODU Triathlon, ODU Triathlon Camp, and Trail Ambassador training on the Elizabeth River Trail

  • Coursework prepares students to certify as Wilderness First Aid providers, Climbing Wall Belayers, and Park and Recreation Professionals

  • Students have the opportunity to pursue research with a faculty member as an independent study such as summer camp evaluations, visitor use management in national parks, and the impact first-year outdoor orientation programs

Careers


What are some careers in this field?
  • Recreation Worker
  • Outdoor Program Coordiator
  • Park Ranger
  • Visitor Services Manager

Courses


What are some courses offered in Park & Recreation Management at ODU?

PRTS 251:
Introduction to Park and Recreation Management


This introductory course addresses all of the essential topics that professionals within park and recreation management must know, including: program planning and evaluation, decision making, facility management, human resources, marketing, budgeting and financial planning, and policy making.

PRTS 433:
Camp Administration


This course will cover organization and administration of camp programs and facilities including history, trends, staffing, client needs, finance, marketing, accreditation, research and legal issues. Primary emphasis will be on organized camp programs and their impact on youth and society. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor.

PRTS 405:
Outdoor Recreation


This course is designed to increase knowledge, skills, techniques, policies and procedures related to outdoor recreation. Students are required to participate in outdoor recreation experiences through the Outdoor Adventure Program and on their own. Additional weekends and fees will be required for professional certifications (e.g., Professional Climbers Instructors' Association). Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Park & Recreation Management at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Park & Recreation Management should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Lindsay Usher


Location:

2019 STUDENT RECREATION CTR, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-7056


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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