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The BS program in parks and recreation management provides a transdisciplinary education in the management of parks, protected areas, community-based recreation services and special-event management. The parks and recreation field emerged from the youth development, recreation and park movements of the late 19th century. Students learn to integrate the managerial, natural and social sciences to make informed decisions for recreation service delivery.
The curriculum of classroom instruction and field experiences covers:
The required internship component of the program allows students to gain practical experience in the parks and recreation professions. The bachelor's degree program in parks and recreation management prepares students for professional positions in a variety of public, private and nonprofit organizations. The National Recreation and Park Association accredits this degree program. There are three areas of emphasis:
Students interested in the Bachelor of Science in parks and recreation management also may be interested in the school's therapeutic recreation program. Students should see the school website for details.
Parks and Recreation Management,
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
A major map outlines the degree’s requirements for graduation.
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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WUE eligible program
Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
This degree program prepares 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. Graduates find employment in such diverse settings as:
In such settings, graduates design, develop and manage services that address the recreational needs of a particular clientele.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Coaches and Scouts||12.9%||$32,270|
|Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners||10.9%||$48,290|
|Fish and Game Wardens||4.3%||$56,410|
|Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary||7.8%||$87,420|
|General and Operations Managers||9.1%||$100,410|
|Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists||23.2%||$63,230|
|Wind Energy Project Managers||8%||$105,610|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).