ASU's 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 use inspired research and experiential academic programs in the areas of: Nonprofit Leadership & Management; Parks & Recreation Management; and Tourism Development & Management.
The community sports management degree focuses on the many roles recreational and amateur sports play within a community as a mechanism to contribute to quality of life, domestically and abroad. Emphasis will be on the role of sports in youth development; the role of sports organizations and programs in community development; the impact of sports tourism and multisport events on community development; and the role of sports in delivery of nonprofit agency services. Both a program and a managerial emphasis will be targeted, with an emphasis on delivery of services across the lifespan. Some specific areas of opportunity include work with youth sports, adaptive sports, sports events, sports tourism and sports clubs.
The Nonprofit Leadership & Management program will empower you through coursework and co-curricular experiences to help you become a successful professional who positively impacts the community in which you work. By completing the undergraduate program, you also have the option of earning national certification from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Inc. which will prepare you to lead and strengthen nonprofit organizations.
The Parks and Recreation Management program provides an interdisciplinary education in the management of parks, protected areas and community based recreation services. You will 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 you for professional positions in variety of public, private, and nonprofit organizations. This degree program is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
In the Tourism Development & Management program, you will acquire the planning and management skills related to the growth and development of tourism throughout the world in historical, spatial and economic terms; the economic, ecological, and socio-cultural impacts of tourism in both the developing and developed world; and the system of tourism production, product development, service delivery, and consumption by diverse domestic and international market segments. You will also learn professional skills such as information technology, management, and marketing proficiency. Through the required internship component of the degree program, you will gain practical experiences for professional positions in various travel, tourism, and related fields. Exposure to the businesses of heritage tourism, nature-based tourism, resort management, and meeting and convention planning will prepare you for a successful career in the fast-growing travel and tourism industry.
You may also choose to pursue one of the two concentrations offered through the Tourism Development and Management degree:
- Resort and Hotel Leadership Concentration - Apply today!
- Sustainable Tourism Concentration - Apply today!
Child Life Apply!
Convention Sales and Meeting Planning Apply!
Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Credential Apply!
Special Events Management Apply!
School of Community Resources & Development also offers six minors:
- Nonprofit Administration
- Recreation Management
- Parks & Protected Area Management
- Tourism Development & Management
- Special Event Management
- Sustainable Tourism
- Youth Services Leadership
After You Graduate:
You can earn a Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation Management or Tourism Development and Management and a Master of Science in Recreation and Tourism Studies within 5 years. The accelerated B.S./M.S. program allows up to nine credit hours of graduate-level coursework to be taken as electives during the senior year which can be applied to both the B.S. degree and the M.S. degree.
Special information for students from our partner universities in China:
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
You can also choose to concentrate in one of our academic areas for the Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S) degree.