2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

Chairperson: Dr. K. Dale Adkins
Office: Currens Hall 400
Telephone: (309) 298-1967 Fax: (309) 298-2967
E-mail: rpta@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/rpta

Faculty: Adkins, Carter, DiGrino, Doh, Hemingway, Lukkarinen, McGowan, McLean, Pawelko, Porter, Schlag, Smith, Tindall, Yoder, Zoerink.

Adviser: Allison.

In a world characterized by new technology and rapidly changing human needs, leisure increasingly is recognized for the way it contributes to a fulfilling life, and free time is valued when used in self-expression and creativity through recreation. With its great interest in travel, sport and entertainment, health and fitness, and the arts, post-industrial society requires educated professionals to manage leisure services in business or industry, tourism, the community, the armed forces and other government agencies, residential facilities, youth service organizations, and outdoor recreation. Recent graduates are employed in management, planning, and program leadership and development by a variety of organizations such as resorts, park districts, state and national parks, hospitals, communitybased therapeutic agencies, YMCA’s, camps and outdoor recreation centers, tourism agencies, wilderness camping programs, university student unions, and civic and senior citizen centers.

To accommodate a variety of interests and career directions, the department is able to help students develop individualized programs of study. Students have the opportunity to participate in the ECO Education Expedition, a semester-long experience conducted in national parks, outdoor education centers, and wilderness areas.

The B.S. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association. Students graduating from this program are immediately eligible to sit for the examination to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and thereby acquire this valuable credential for professional advancement. Successful completion of prescribed courses in therapeutic recreation results in eligibility to sit for the examination to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

GradTrac is available. See more information about GradTrac.

Honors Curriculum—Academically qualified students in this department are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula see the Centennial Honors College page of the catalog or visit the Centennial Honors College website at www.wiu.edu/Honors.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science—Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration must complete I, II, III, IV, and V below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
  2. Core courses: 39 s.h.
    RPTA 111, 199, 230, 235, 322†, 323, 376, 397, 398, 399, 482, 499
  3. Electives
    1. Departmental (RPTA 110 cannot apply): 10 s.h.
    2. Directed Electives or an Approved University Minor: 16–20 s.h.
      Directed electives will be identified by the student and approved by department adviser upon submission of the graduate application.
  4. Other: STAT 171: 3 s.h.
  5. Open Electives: 8–12 s.h.

#The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) an intermediate foreign language requirement; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved study abroad program.

†RPTA 322 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.

*May count toward the University General Education requirement.


Minor in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration: 16 s.h.
  1. RPTA 111: 3 s.h.
  2. RPTA Electives (RPTA 398 399, 499 cannot apply to minimum total): 13 s.h.
Minor in Outdoor Leadership: 24 s.h.
  1. Core Courses: RPTA 249, 349, 450: 9 s.h.
  2. Field Study: RPTA 376, 444, 446, 448 449: 15 s.h.

Note: Admission to the minor requires that the student be in good academic standing and successfully complete the application process for the Environmental Conservation Outdoor Education Expedition (ECOEE). The minor requires a prescribed sequencing of courses, where RPTA 249 and 349 are taken prior to the learning expedition, and all five Field Study courses are taken during the learning expedition.

Minor in Nonprofit Administration

See Interdisciplinary Studies Minors.

Minor in Horticulture

See Interdisciplinary Studies Minors.

Course Descriptions


110 Concepts of Leisure. (3) (General Education/ Human Well-Being) Explores the place of leisure in society. Examines what people do for recreation and leisure in a changing culture. Assists students from all majors to develop a personal leisure life-style that promotes wellness. Does not count toward the major in recreation, park and tourism administration.

111 Introduction to Leisure Services. (3) Examines the purpose and function of leisure services delivered by governmental, non-profit, and private agencies. For major and minor, course is prerequisite to all upper division courses.

199 Fieldwork in Leisure Services. (1, repeatable to 2) A minimum of 100 clock hours work experience per credit hour in up to three approved park or recreation agencies. An orientation to the leisure service profession. Prerequisite: prior consent of departmental adviser. Graded S/U only.

230 Leadership in Leisure Services. (3) A study of the theory, principles, and processes of leadership in delivery of leisure services. Laboratory involved. 235 (formerly RPTA 332) Programming Principles & Applications in Leisure Services. (3) Explores the purpose and functions of programs, planning principles, objectives, organizational behavior, and evaluation. Translation of a program plan into practical situations. Prerequisites: RPTA 111; upper division status or consent of instructor. Field observations required.

240 Introduction to Camp Leadership. (3) Explores the aims and objectives of organized camping, developing and organizing the camp program. Laboratory included. Lab fee approximately $5.

249 Principles of Outdoor Adventure Recreation. (3) Investigates the components of an outdoor adventure experience including environmental behavior, personal growth, technical abilities, and safety. Prerequisite: prior consent of instructor. Lab fee approximately $40.

251 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation. (3) Introduction to the field of therapeutic recreation, theories and models, orientation to terminology characteristics, and dynamics of people with disabilities. Field experience required.

270 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations. (3) The course will introduce the history, mission, programs, and staffing of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and focus on the role they have in meeting the needs of youth and adults, including those of under-represented groups, in society.

322 Administration of Leisure Services I. (3) Provides basis for understanding administrative processes related to delivery of leisure services. Explores administration/ management theory, communication, marketing, and public relations. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: RPTA 230, and 235; upper division status or consent of instructor.

323 Administration of Leisure Services II. (3) Provides a basis for understanding administrative processes related to the delivery of leisure services. Explores fiscal management, human resources management, and legal issues related to leisure services. Prerequisites: RPTA 322 and upper division status, or consent of instructor.

330 Program Planning for People with Physical Disabilities: Community and Educational Services. (3) Acquaint students with the classifications, development, and the social psychological aspects unique to persons who have physical disabilities and other health impairments in order to plan community and education services. Prerequisite: RPTA 251 or SPED 310 or equivalent; or consent of instructor.

349 Expedition Planning. (3) Provides students the opportunity to examine the components of an outdoor expedition. An expedition is then planned. Prerequisites: upper division status or consent of instructor; prior consent of instructor.

351 Therapeutic Recreation Assessment and Evaluation. (3) Examines assessment instruments, techniques, and testing protocols used in the practice of therapeutic recreation. Field experience required. Prerequisite: RPTA 251 and upper division status, or consent of instructor.

362 Tourism. (3) Examines the principles, practices, and philosophy of the travel industry. No course prerequisite for nonmajors. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.

366 Commercial Recreation. (3) Examines the diversity of commercial recreation enterprises; also general trends and personal attributes associated with a career in commercial recreation. No course prerequisite for nonmajors. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.

376 Perspectives in Outdoor Recreation. (3) Examines outdoor recreation movement in America and its impact on natural resources; reviews relationships between changing public demand and the many agencies involved in supplying outdoor recreation. Includes technical writing instruction. Prerequisites: upper division status or consent of instructor.

377 Management of Outdoor Recreation Resources. (3) Considers theory and practice for management of land and water resources for recreation experiences. Examines social and physical carrying capacity of land and cultural treatment of ecological systems. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.

378 Consortium in Outdoor Recreation. (2) Involves students from several major universities in developing understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of and for agencies and resources in an on-site experience such as at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor; prior consent of instructor. Trip fee required.

397 Research and Evaluation in Leisure Services. (3) Introduces basic concepts and procedures for design and implementation of evaluative research in practical settings. Prerequisites: RPTA 111, STAT 171, and junior standing.

398 Internship Seminar. (1) Assists students to determine personal goals and objectives, conduct survey and apply to various agencies before making final selection for location of internship. Prerequisite: RPTA 199; RPTA majors of junior or senior standing; RPTA minors by petition.

399 Issues in Leisure Services. (1) Explores the roles and responsibilities attributable to the developing professional, with a focus on service and environmental stewardship. Prerequisites: RPTA 111, 235, 322, and 376.

422 Advanced Administration of Leisure Services. (3) Investigates advanced concepts and processes related to the administration of leisure services, including marketing applications and the management of human and fiscal resources. Prerequisites: RPTA 322 and upper division status, or consent of instructor.

424 Fund Raising and Volunteerism in Leisure Services. (3) A study of the principles and practices associated with fundraising and utilization of volunteers in public as well as private nonprofit leisure service organizations. Prerequisite: RPTA 322.

428 Youth and Leisure Services. (3) A study of the theories, principles, and practices related to youth and leisure including social trends and issues, youth development, youth services agencies, program planning and evaluation, behavior management, leadership, and public relations. Prerequisites: RPTA 230 and 235.

430 Principles of Recreational Sports. (3) The role of sport as a developmental tool by organizations such as local government, youth, and family nonprofit organizations, universities, corporations, military bases, and specialized amateur athletic organizations. Emphasis is placed on various instructional and competitive program delivery models. Prerequisites RPTA 111, 230, and 235.

444 Outdoor Education. (3) Organization of outdoor education activities emphasizing elementary school classroom participation. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor. Laboratory and field trip required.

446 Wilderness Leadership. (3) Prepares students to become qualified wilderness trip leaders. Expedition behavior, emergency procedures, and wilderness leadership responsibilities will be examined during a five-week expedition. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor. Lab fee.

448 Interpretation of Cultural and Environmental Resources. (3) Develops basic understanding of interpretation of natural, environmental, and cultural resources. Includes philosophy and techniques. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor. Field trip fee required.

449 Management of Outdoor Adventure Recreation. (3) Management of outdoor adventure recreation in both intensity and wilderness/dispersed recreation environments is examined. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.

450 Traveling Workshop. (1–3, repeatable to 6) Opportunity for students to observe the operations of a variety of leisure service agencies and to discuss onlocation the trends, problems, and techniques in leisure service delivery. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor. Lab fee.

451 Principles of Therapeutic Recreation. (3) Examines therapeutic recreation process and modalities in clinical, residential, and community-based settings. Field experience required. Prerequisites: RPTA 251 and upper division status, or consent of instructor.

452 Leisure Services for the Elderly. (3) Examines theories and concepts related to leisure and aging; includes field experiences with the elderly. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.

453 Clinical Therapeutic Recreation Processes. (3) Examines interventions, modalities, and relevant terminology used in therapeutic recreation treatment for persons with disabilities in clinical, residential, and community-based settings. Field experience required. Prerequisites: RPTA 251 and upper division status, or consent of instructor.

454 Management of Therapeutic Recreation. (3) Understanding and professional practice of therapeutic recreation services in health and human-service settings with focus on quality management, finance and reimbursement, budgeting, clinical supervision, risk management, professional ethics, issues and certification. Field experience required. Prerequisites: RPTA 251, 351, and 451; upper division status, or consent of instructor.

455 (cross-listed with FCS 455) Casino Operations. (3) Description of basic casino operations and principles of casino marketing, mathematics of casino games, and utility analysis of gaming motivation and gaming addictions. Exploration of career opportunities in the gaming industry. Historical background and impact of gaming on hospitality industry. Not open to students with credit in FCS 455. Prerequisites: FCS 150; FCS 353 or RPTA 322 or RPTA 323.

460 Community Tourism Development. (3) Provides essentials for successful development of a local tourism economy including organizing, planning, developing, and operation. Prerequisites: RPTA 362 and upper division status, or permission from instructor.

461 Conference and Convention Planning and Management. (3) Prepares students for positions as planners and managers of conferences and conventions at resorts, hotels, cruise ships, camps, universities, or other private or municipal convention centers. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.

462 International Tourism. (3) (Global Issues) Analysis of contemporary leisure travel behavior emphasizing world tourism markets, products, attractions, sales, and industry trends. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.

465 Tourism Destination Promotion. (3) A comprehensive study of the functions of community tourism promotion. Examines management strategies and methods to fund and operate a promotional agency and fulfill responsibilities to community, local service providers, and potential visitors. Prerequisite: RPTA 362 or consent of instructor.

466 Resort Management. (3) Principles and practices to plan, develop, manage, and operate resort properties with emphasis on leisure-based facilities and services. Prerequisites: RPTA 362 and upper division status, or consent of instructor.

467 Special Event Planning and Management. (3) The application of methods and techniques to plan, implement, and evaluate successful community special events. Content includes selection of event theme and coordination of set up, staff, finance, promotion, partnerships, and operations and evaluation. Prerequisite: RPTA 235.

470 American Humanics Management Institute: Nonprofit Youth and Human Service Organizations. (0) This course is an intensive experience, held at the American Humanics Management Institute, where students will participate in meetings and workshops designed to provide professional educational sessions and interactive case studies for students pursuing certification. Prerequisite: RPTA 270. Graded S/U only.

482 Facility Management. (3) Explores problems, principles, and techniques of management, design, and operation of selected park and recreation facilities. Special emphasis on swimming pools, tennis, racquetball, golf, ice skating, and community center activities. Consideration given to factors affecting energy conservation and reducing operational costs. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor. Field trip fee.

483 Landscape Construction. (3) Includes field layout and construction methods for outdoor recreation facilities (trails, boat ramps, campsites, etc.). Stresses site analysis, measurement, and landscape suitabilities/limitations. Real park development projects used as labs. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor. Lab fee for field trips and materials.

488 Park Open Space Planning. (3) Investigates theory, principles, and methods of planning recreation land systems. Explores procedures to preserve, acquire, and develop recreation lands and green space throughout a district or urban area. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.

489 Park Maintenance and Operations Management. (3) Explores procedures and problems of recreation area operation with emphasis on planning and management for maintenance efficiency. Topics include planning, scheduling, standards, cost control, vandalism, etc. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.

490 Independent Study. (1–3, repeatable to 8) Research projects or independent study not covered in other courses. Credit assigned according to the nature and scope of project. Prerequisites: upper division status or consent of instructor; written description of proposal including justification, objectives, and procedures must be submitted to department chairperson prior to enrollment; permission of department chairperson required.

499 Internship in Leisure Services. (3) 12 s.h. to be taken concurrently. Laboratory field experience provides for practical application of knowledge and theory in a professional setting. Student acquires experience in all phases of leisure service delivery with highly qualified personnel in a selected agency with university faculty supervision. Cannot apply to minor except by petition. Prerequisites: upper division status, all core classes completed with a minimum of C in each, and approval of departmental committee.