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Recreation, Sport & Tourism

Promote environmental stewardship. Lead social and economic development. Study management and marketing.

Overview

Foster healthy lifestyles with a career in the world’s largest industries. As a student in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, you will learn from award winning faculty, work alongside world-class researchers, and gain hands-on, practical skills in your courses, study tours, site visits, and internships with related professional organizations. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs on campus, as well as two exciting online programs: our Online Master of Science in Recreation, Sport and Tourism and our Professional Certificate.

The core courses provide a strong foundation in theory and managerial principles. Select an area of concentration to complement your interests.

RECREATION

SPORT

TOURISM

The Experience

As part of the College of Applied Health Sciences, the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism offers programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels leading to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Our graduates are found in our nation's park districts, forest preserves, amateur and professional sports industries, resorts, bureaus of tourism, educational institutions, and universities.

Our faculty scholars study the changing leisure needs of our society. The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities through research that has an impact, educational programs that address both theory and practice, and outreach activities that make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities.

Significance of the Industry

Faculty and staff of the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism (RST) at the University of Illinois work to advance knowledge about the choices that people make for their discretionary time throughout the lifespan, including outcomes of those choices at personal, family, community, and institutional levels. RST faculty and staff apply their expertise to enhance the delivery of leisure services, recognizing that recreation, sport and tourism are synergistic elements of a unique and multifaceted industry. RST appreciates the significance of play, the contribution of arts, and the value of diversity. The research and engagement of RST foster healthy lifestyles, environmental stewardship, effective management and marketing of organizations, and social and economic development of communities.

What Will I do?

A degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism will transform you into a leader in the unique and multifaceted leisure services industry. Our graduates are regularly placed in highly selective and desirable internships and careers across the field and throughout the globe, and enjoy one of the industry’s most extensive and impressive alumni networks for the remainder of their professional lives.

Take a look at where our alumni are working:

  • American Airlines

  • Arista Records

  • Boise Park System

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America

  • Charlotte Hornets

  • Chicago Blackhawks

  • Darden Restaurants

  • Denver Sports Commission

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Hilton Hotels Corporation

  • Illinois Department of Human Services

  • John Elway Corporation

  • Lake County Forest Preserve District

  • Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

  • Los Angeles Zoo

  • McCormick Place

  • Meadows Country Club

  • Motorola

  • National Park Service

  • New England Patriots

  • Norwegian Cruise Lines

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association

  • NFL Network

  • Pac 12 Sports Network

  • PGA

  • Proctor & Gamble

  • SmithBucklin

  • St. Louis Cardinals

  • Ticketmaster

  • United Way

  • United States Olympic Committee

  • Vail Recreation District

  • Youth for Understanding

News

Upcoming Events

NOV
15
AHS PhD Day 2019
114 Huff Hall

The College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) is holding its annual Ph.D. Recruitment Day on Friday, November 15th from 8:00-3:00 in Huff Hall. See this page for more details.