Recreation, Sport & Tourism, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Recreation, Sport & Tourism


department website: http://rst.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Recreation, Sport, & Tourism Faculty


college catalog page: Applied Health Sciences

college website: http://ahs.illinois.edu/


The Recreation, Sport & Tourism, BS degree program includes a set of three concentrations, of which a student must complete at least one:

Recreation Management Concentration

Sports Management Concentration

Tourism Management Concentration


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.