The parks and recreation management program provides an interdisciplinary education in the management of parks, protected areas and community-based recreation services and special event management. Students learn to integrate the managerial, natural and social sciences to make informed decisions for recreation service delivery. The curriculum combines classroom instruction with field experiences and covers parks and recreation policy, programming, planning, management, communication, inclusive services and history. The PRM program prepares students for professional positions in a variety of public, private and nonprofit organizations. Our undergraduate major in parks and recreation management is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT is, in turn, accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
This academic program also offers a concentration in therapeutic recreation.
PRM bachelor of science
Therapeutic recreation concentration
The parks and recreation fields emerged from the youth development, recreation and park movements of the late 19th century. Today, the recreation related professions represent a diverse field focusing on the role of leisure in youth and adult development, or parks/open space to community quality of life, or leisure, sports and natural resource tourism to economic and community development, and providing human services in meeting community needs. These professions address challenges related to providing accessible leisure services, visitor opportunities, environmental quality of life, social problems and services to disadvantaged populations. The school is committed to training professionals dedicated to the parks and recreation professions, building a sense of community and enhancing the quality of life in today’s society.
Opportunities in the field
The academic programs in parks and recreation management prepare students for professional positions in a variety of public, private and nonprofit organizations. Graduates are employed in a variety of settings in Arizona, nationally and abroad. Our graduates find employment in such diverse settings as youth agencies, city park and recreation departments, county and state park agencies, tour operators, sport venues, special events management, hospitals and federal national resource agencies. In such settings, graduates design, develop and manage services that address the recreation needs of a particular clientele.
For more information on the state of the Recreation industry and the careers in the field please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which houses information on salaries and other statistics on the state of the industry.
Where our students work
Our alumni find great opportunities for their careers in the local market, as well as all over the nation. Some organizations that some of our alumni currently work are:
- City of Glendale Parks and Recreation
- Troon Golf
- US Coast Guard – community recreation
- US Forest Services
- Wilderness River Adventures
Our undergraduate major in parks and recreation management is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT is, in turn, accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
COAPRT standard 2.05.05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment. Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2013) follow:
- 83% of graduating seniors indicated “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their overall academic experience.
- Intern performance evaluation results exceeded specification levels. Ninety-five percent of working professionals who supervised our interns indicated they would hire the student they supervised, and 100% of our students earned a passing grade in the internship class. Specification level is 90% for each of these.
- CHEA requires accredited institutions to inform the public about “degree and accreditation mills.” Cautions concerning these are summarized at http://chea.org. According to CHEA,
Degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school. Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. “Accreditation” from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institution or program. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a useable credential.
Arizona State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This federally-recognized body provides assurance to students, parents and all stakeholders that ASU meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance, http://www.ncahlc.org/.