2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog
East Stroudsburg Normal School opened it doors on September 4, 1893. Today, ESU is a comprehensive university in northeastern Pennsylvania offering 58 undergraduate and 22 graduate degrees and is one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog > Academic Programs and Courses > Recreation Services Management
College of Business and Management
Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism Management
About the Program
The Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism Management can prepare you for a variety of career paths in recreation services settings. Our Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Recreation Services Management (RSM) was established in 1978.
The mission of the RSM program is to provide students with knowledge and skills needed for entry into the workforce. An advisory council, comprised of expert practitioners in the Pocono region, offers input to the faculty. Their perspectives enable the faculty to be responsive to the changing needs of the work force. The program provides students options that are determined by their interests and goals.
National accreditation was received in 1983 from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and has been maintained since that time. The accreditation organization is currently the Council of Accreditation for Park, Recreation, Tourism and related Professions (COAPRT).
Students graduating from this program are immediately eligible to sit for the examination to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP).
Professional organizations such as NRPA and the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) offer information on career opportunities. More specific information on the career option of commercial recreation and event planning is available from the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA), as well as the International Special Event Society (ISES). If you are interested in an outdoor recreation career option, another source of career information is the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). If you think a career as a recreation therapist might be for you, information can be obtained from the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA).
Many students transfer from community colleges and other universities. We welcome your inquiries. More information about credit and course transfers is available from the Office of Admissions, 877-230-5547.
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Academic Programs and Courses
Recreation Services Management B.S.
Minor in Park Management
Recreation Services Management Faculty
RECR - Recreation Services Management Courses
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