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Tourism, Recreation & Sport, B.A. Details

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  • Students can declare Tourism, Recreation & Sport as a major after completion of 24 credit hours and a 2.0 or higher UNCW GPA. An application is not required.
  • Students must also choose from one of three concentration options when declaring their major: Tourism, Hospitality & Event Planning, Recreational Sport Leadership, or Public and Non-Profit Recreation.
  • REC students just starting out in their major are required to complete REC 265 and REC 270 before taking other REC courses.
  • In all REC courses taken, students must earn a “C” or higher to progress in the major.

Tourism, Recreation & Sport, B.A. + Applied Gerontology, M.S.

The combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Tourism, Recreation and Sport and Master of Science degree in Applied Gerontology program offers an accelerated path toward a Master of Science degree that prepares graduates to serve as qualified professionals providing leisure opportunities and experiences for individuals of all ages and from all walks of life to enhance their overall health, well-being and quality of life.



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All majors take classes in a core curriculum that includes both a practicum and a semester-long internship. Students then select at least one option area that offers specialized classes in one of the three following options.

Sport & Recreation Option

Students selecting this option desire to find employment in recreational sport and/or fitness settings. These may include university campus recreation sports, local and regional sports clubs, and fitness centers. Classes include courses in facility management, inclusive recreation, planning and managing sports leagues, and leadership.

Parks & Recreation

Students selecting this option focus their study on working with municipal, state and federal parks and recreation departments, YMCAs, Boys' and Girls' Clubs, and other outdoor recreation settings. Classes include information in facility management, inclusive recreation, communication and leadership.

Tourism, Hospitality & Events

Individuals selecting this option are prepared for management in a range of tourism and commercial recreation settings including cruise ships, theme parks, tour operators, spas, resorts and hotels, and professional meeting and event planning. Courses include resort and spa management, assessment of tourism's economic, environmental and social impacts, an introduction to commercial recreation and tourism industries, and convention and meeting planning.

A big part of an well-rounded, successful and fun college experience happens outside the classroom. Participating in student organizations gives you the chance to get to know your classmates, explore new interests and discover who you are.

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Contact the Tourism, Recreation & Sport Program

Alexia Franzidis, Ph.D. | Program Coordinator & Associate Professor

For questions regarding admissions, advising, transfers and program of study, please contact the CHHS Student Success Center at (910) 962-3208 or