Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Laurence Chalip, Department Head
104 Huff Hall, 1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign
PH: (217) 333-4410

The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism originated at the University of Illinois in 1940. Today, this program continues to rank nationally among the top three in the field, and takes pride in producing a large number of exceptional professionals in the field. The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism offers a bachelor of science degree with three areas of concentration: recreation management, sport management, and tourism management. The curriculum prepares students to design, manage, and deliver leisure services to a variety of populations in diverse settings and provides a firm foundation from which students may pursue graduate studies. A broad general education is emphasized and complemented with a core of professional courses. Beyond a strong core integrating leisure theory, management, and research, the program allows students to focus on a major market segment within the leisure and recreation field by choosing an area of concentration. A total of 128 hours is needed for graduation. For further information, contact the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, 104 Huff Hall, 1206 S. Fourth Street, Champaign, IL 61820, (217) 333-4410.

Internship Program

All students in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism must satisfactorily complete the Internship Program prior to graduation. The program is designed to augment formal classroom instruction with active experiential learning under the guidance of a university and an agency-based supervisor.

The program consists of two courses and a pre-internship field experience. The pre-internship program requires students to accumulate a minimum of 300 Hours of practical work experience in leisure service settings. It is strongly recommended that students begin acquiring field experiences as early in their academic career as possible. Students register for RST 480 in the first semester of their senior year. During this semester, students make final arrangements for completing RST 484, the Recreation, Sport and Tourism Practicum the following semester.

The practicum is taken after the student satisfactorily completes all course work including RST 480, and fulfills the pre-internship field experience. RST 484 is taken in agencies that are approved by the department and contracted for this program. Since a limited number of assignments for practica are available in the campus area, most students look forward to the opportunity of an off-campus assignment. Students have been placed across the United States and even abroad.

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Requirements Including General Education

The Campus Senate, the faculty General Education Board, and the colleges and departments are working to implement enhanced General Education requirements. Some changes in requirements are expected. Thus, new students should confirm their General Education requirements by consulting college and departmental offices, handbooks, or advisors. The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism also requires that certain courses from the approved lists be taken as noted below. The prescribed courses prepare the student for upper division study and may be used to satisfy General Education requirements provided they are on the appropriate General Education list.

Core Courses39
RST 100RST in Modern Society3
RST 101Orientation to RST1
RST 200Leadership in RST2
RST 210 (Management in RST)3
RST 240Financial Resource Management in Recreation, Sport and Tourism (Finance Resource Management)3
RST 255Ethical Issues in RST2
RST 325Leisure Services Marketing3
RST 340Facility Management in RST3
RST 360 (Communication)3
RST 370Research Methods & Analysis3
RST 410Administration of Leisure Serv3 or 4
RST 429Contemporary Issues in RST4
RST 460 (Event Management)3
RST 465 (Event Implementation and Evaluation)3
Concentration Requirements9
Recreation Concentration
RST 120Foundations of Recreation3
RST 217Public Recreation3
RST 441 (Community Planning)3
Sport Concentration
RST 130Foundations of Sport Mgt3
RST 354Legal Aspects of Sport3 or 4
RST 430 (Sport & Development)3
Tourism Concentration
RST 150Foundations of Tourism3
RST 350Tourism and Culture3
RST 450Tourism Planning & Development4
Restricted Electives: Departmental courses not required in the core or counted toward concentration requirement.
Free Electives: Any courses not counted toward core requirements, concentration requirements, or restricted electives.
Experimental Education 112
RST 480Orientation to Practicum1
RST 485Practicum12
Total Hours25

Summary of Degree Requirements

General Education 36
Recreation, Sport and Tourism Core Courses39
Concentration Requirements9
Electives (12 of which are restricted electives)32
Total Hours128

128 hours minimum required for graduation.