University Catalog 2023-2024

Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The academic minor in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management is offered to students interested in gaining a basic knowledge of recreation, tourism and park services and an understanding of the benefits of leisure and recreation in our society. To complete the minor, students must take six hours of required courses and nine hours of electives. These courses provide undergraduates with the opportunity to explore recreation, parks, and leisure services as a potential for graduate work.

Admissions and Certification of Minor

Admission to the Minor is competitive and applicants will be considered based on their overall academic performance. To be eligible for consideration, a student must have successfully completed at least 15 hours of coursework at NC State. Meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to the Minor in PRTM. Students are encouraged to begin the PRTM Minor prior to their senior year. Seat availability cannot be guaranteed in Minor classes if a student only has two semesters in which to complete the Minor.

Sport Management majors may not complete the Minor in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.

Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal.
Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. To apply to the PRTM minor, go to:

Students will be notified on a rolling basis. Once accepted into the PRTM Minor, students will be able to sign up for Minor courses. A limited number of minor seats will be reserved in the PRT courses on the minor list.


Students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in their PRTM Minor coursework to be certified for a minor. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from their degree program. 

Contact Person

Dr. Keith Howard
4012G Biltmore Hall

SIS Code:  15PRM

Plan Requirements

  • A minimum of 15 hours (5 courses) are required to complete the minor in Park, Recreation and Tourism Management.
  • A grade of ‘C-‘ or better is required in all courses to be used toward the minor.
  • No more than six (6) hours of transfer credits can be used toward the minor. The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Director of Undergraduate Programs must approve all transfer credits.
Required Courses6
Introduction to Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Event Management
Recreation Program Planning 1
Elective Courses9
Health, Wellness and the Pursuit of Happiness
Foundations of Tourism and Event Management 1
Diversity and Inclusion in Recreation and Sport 1
Facilities Management in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Event Management 1
Introduction to Sport Management
Organization and Administration of Adventure Programs
Outdoor Recreation Management 1
Services, Facilities and Event Marketing
Destination Planning and Management 1
Recreation and Park Interpretive Services (Prequisite junior standing)
Principles of Recreation Planning and Facility Development 2
Special Events Planning 2
Introduction to GIS
Total Hours15