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 255Ethical Issues in RST2
RST 370Research Methods & Analysis3
RST 335Leisure and Consumer Culture3
RST 410Administration of Leisure Serv3 or 4
RST 429Contemporary Issues in RST4
RST 480Orientation to Practicum1
Concentration Requirements9
Recreation Concentration
RST 120Foundations of Recreation3
RST 217Public Recreation3
400-level RST course in Comm Rec & Planning3
Sport Concentration
RST 130Foundations of Sport Mgt3
RST 354Legal Aspects of Sport3 or 4
400-level RST course in Sport & Devp3
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.
RST 485Practicum12

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.

RST Class Schedule


RST 100   RST in Modern Society   credit: 3 Hours.

Central issues in defining leisure; historical, philosophical, sociological, psychological, and economic approaches to understanding leisure behavior, its meanings, social contexts, and personal and social resources.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

RST 101   Orientation to RST   credit: 1 Hour.

Introduction to Recreation, Sport and Tourism which provides an overview of the RST curriculum, areas of study, and opportunities available for a career in the field.

RST 110   Service Delivery in RST   credit: 2 Hours.

Introduces students to the concepts, principles, and practices related to the provision of leisure services; description of the various fields of professional practices and basic elements of leisure service systems such as budgeting, planning, staffing, and characteristics of client populations.

RST 120   Foundations of Recreation   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines historical and philosophical foundations of various organizations responsible for providing recreation opportunities and services. Program planning, evaluation, and marketing and financing strategies are examined in the public, not-for-profit and private recreation delivery systems.

RST 130   Foundations of Sport Mgt   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines career opportunities within the sport industry and provides knowledge relevant to the management, marketing, legal, and financial operations of sport organizations. Incorporates applications in a variety of sport entities including intercollegiate athletics, campus recreation, event and facility management, professional sport, management and marketing agencies, and international sport.

RST 140   Nature and Wilderness   credit: 2 Hours.

Origins of the nature and wilderness preservation movements; philosophy behind nature conservation and outdoor activities; role of parks, outdoor recreation, and nature-tourism in contemporary life.

RST 150   Foundations of Tourism   credit: 3 Hours.

Survey of travel and tourism with emphasis upon tourist behavior, motivations, preferences, decision-making, attractions, transportation services, facilities and information sources. Examines travel and tourism as an element of leisure service delivery from an interdisciplinary perspective.

RST 199   Undergraduate Open Seminar   credit: 1 to 5 Hours.

Covering various topics for undergraduates in Recreation, Sport & Tourism. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

RST 200   Leadership in RST   credit: 2 Hours.

Leadership theories and practices as related to design and delivery of leisure programs. Processes of group development and interpersonal communication in leisure service organizations.

RST 216   Leisure and Technology   credit: 3 Hours.

Focuses on the roles of technology in leisure and related industries and explores the impact of technology on leisure from both the consumer and producer perspectives. Reviews important technologies, discusses their use as transformative mechanisms, and considers their impact on leisure activities in society.

RST 217   Public Recreation   credit: 3 Hours.

Course examines the public sector and its role in the provision of local park and recreation services. Students will explore its philosophical foundations, organizational structure, policy-making process, and the administrative tasks of public recreation providers.

RST 218   Entrepreneurship   credit: 3 Hours.

In-depth study of the delivery of leisure services in the for-profit sector. Covers the scope and administrative functions of recreation enterprises, including an analysis of planning, controlling, and developing recreation enterprises.

RST 224   Politics of the National Parks   credit: 2 or 3 Hours.

Same as PS 224. See PS 224.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

RST 225   Environmental Politics & Policy   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as PS 225. See PS 225.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

RST 230   Diversity in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism   credit: 3 Hours.

Course is designed to increase awareness and knowledge of the needs of members of ethnic and racial minorities, people of lower socio-economic status, women, older adults, people of alternative lifestyles, and people with disabilities when it comes to recreation, sport, and tourism services. It introduces students to concepts and factors that influence the delivery of recreation, sport, and tourism services to diverse populations. Same as HDFS 263 and KIN 230.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)

RST 242   Nature and American Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Appreciation and critique of cultural meanings associated with American natural landscapes. Traditional perspectives including colonial American, romantic, and science-based conservation are characterized, as well as revisionist themes aligned with gender, cultural pluralism, and societal meanings of parks and protected areas. Implications of diversity in cultural meanings toward nature are developed and provide the basis for assessing tenets of contemporary environmental policy and supporting concepts associated with community-based conservation. Same as HIST 282, LA 242, and NRES 242.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult

RST 255   Ethical Issues in RST   credit: 2 Hours.

Explores ethical issues related to government, recreational sport, sport tourism and travel, journalism and media, education, coaching, and business. Students become familiar with concepts and principles of applied ethics and gain insight in to the complexity of ethical issues in recreation, sport and tourism.

RST 300   Leisure Programming   credit: 3 Hours.

Develops understanding of the process of leisure/recreation programming and the practical aspects of program design and delivery. Prerequisite: RST 100.

RST 316   Leisure and Human Development   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines changes in expressive style and behavior over the life course, and the interaction of leisure with developmental processes. Prerequisite: RST 100 or consent of instructor.

RST 325   Leisure Services Marketing   credit: 3 Hours.

Application of marketing concepts to the delivery of leisure services. Introduces consumer decision theory analysis. Provides an integrative study of the methods and models for developing and evaluating alternative marketing strategies.

RST 335   Leisure and Consumer Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Examination of contemporary patterns and meanings of leisure in a consumer society. Understanding of the impact of consumption on expressions of identity, gender, social class, race and ethnicity.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult

RST 340   Facility Management in RST   credit: 3 Hours.

Basic understanding of park operations, facility design, construction, and maintenance practices; staff allocations, job analysis, contract administration, organizational structures. Prerequisite: RST 100 and RST 110.

RST 341   Community Recreation Planning   credit: 3 Hours.

Studies the outdoor recreational use of lands in the public domain and their planning, concepts, and processes related to planning resource based systems; multiple-use in planning; planning criteria for outdoor recreation facilities. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. Prerequisite: Junior standing; or consent of instructor.

RST 350   Tourism and Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Studies the relationships that exist between tourists, hosts, their respective culture(s), and the cultural environments in which they interact. Studies tourism and its impacts across cultural boundaries, as well as concepts of cultural authenticity, modernity, image creation, social justice, diversity, and representation of social, racial and ethnic groups. Field trip required. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.

RST 354   Legal Aspects of Sport   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

A study of legal principles and their impact on the sport industry; the course examines the application of different areas of law including tort, contract, constitutional, anti-trust, and intellectual property law to professional, amateur and recreational sport.

RST 370   Research Methods & Analysis   credit: 3 Hours.

Educates students in principles of research design, data collection, measurement, methods of statistical analysis, techniques in summarizing data, and the interpretation and application of research findings to the field of Leisure Studies.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Quant Reasoning II

RST 393   Special Problems   credit: 1 to 3 Hours.

Special projects in research and independent investigation in any phase of health, physical education, recreation, or related areas selected by the student. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing; grade-point average of 3.0; consent of academic advisor, instructor, and head of department.

RST 410   Administration of Leisure Serv   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Development of overall leisure management function. Analysis of administration and policies such as organizational structure, executive leadership, decision-making, financing, and public relations. 3 or 4 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Undergraduates: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement and upper level standing.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition

RST 429   Contemporary Issues in RST   credit: 4 Hours.

Provides a capstone experience to encourage critical and creative thinking regarding knowledge students accrued from prior courses. The first eight weeks students will meet as a whole and focus on leisure concepts in general, and the second eight weeks students will focus on their specific concentration, (Sport Management, Tourism, or Community Recreation). 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: RST 120, or RST 130, or RST 150, and senior status.

RST 440   HR Management in RST   credit: 3 Hours.

Concepts, principles, and objectives of supervision; the nature of the supervisory relationship; supervisory functions and processes; identification and application of methods and techniques; organizational and operational patterns of supervision in recreation and park settings. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit.

RST 450   Tourism Planning & Development   credit: 4 Hours.

Examines tourism planning and development processes from both applied and conceptual perspectives. Emphasis is placed on tourism planning and development strategies that evaluate destination potential and consider travel destination choice behavior. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: RST 150 or consent of instructor. Not intended for students with Freshman or Sophomore class standing.

RST 480   Orientation to Practicum   credit: 1 Hour.

Prepares and places students in the Leisure Studies Practicum. Students must document completion of 300 hours of field work. Topics include placement requirements and policies, resumes, interviewing, letters of application, and the role and issues of professional practice. 1 undergraduate hour. 1 graduate hour. Prerequisite: Junior standing; RST 100 and RST 110.

RST 485   Practicum   credit: 12 Hours.

Students are assigned to University-approved field training stations in an internship capacity for a minimum of forty hours per week for sixteen weeks. Both the agency and the University provide supervision. 12 undergraduate hours. 12 graduate hours. Approved for S/U grading only. Prerequisite: Senior standing; RST 480 and RST 410.