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The ASU School of Community Resources & Development advances the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of our local and global communities through instruction, research and service. We provide nationally recognized interdisciplinary research expertise and innovative academic programs in nonprofit leadership and management, parks and recreation management, and tourism development and management.


The early recreation program was developed and housed in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In 1979, the program was invited to join the new College of Public Programs and became the Department of Leisure Studies. During the 1980's, both the tourism and nonprofit management academic areas were added to the traditional park and recreation focus of the department. The department changed its name to the Department of Recreation Management and Tourism in 1994. In July 2004, the department was elevated to school status and renamed the School of Community Resources and Development. The other academic units currently within the College of Public Programs are the School of Social Work, the School of Public Affairs and the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice.

Quick Facts

  • Faculty - 28
  • Staff - 5
  • Graduate assistants - 9
  • Undergraduate majors - 506
    • Nonprofit Leadership and Management –  120
    • Parks and Recreation Management –  91
    • Tourism Development and Management – 295
  • Graduate students -  99
    • Master of Nonprofit Studies – 55
    • MS Community Resources & Development - 17
    • Ph.D., Community Resources and Development - 21

Academic Subjects

Nonprofit Leadership & Management (NLM)

  • Fund Raising & Resource Development
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Program Planning
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Volunteer Management

Parks & Recreation Management (PRM)

  • Community Parks & Recreation
  • Parks & Protected Area Management
  • Natural Resource Recreation
  • Recreation Programs
  • Special Events Management
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Tourism Development & Management (TDM)

  • International Tourism
  • Convention Sales & Meeting Planning
  • Resort & Accommodation Leadership
  • Sustainable Tourism



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