Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism

The Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism major combines an understanding of natural resource recreation and tourism with sustainability. It also effectively links theory with practice and community engagement.

This major includes learning concepts of leisure, tourism, recreation and sustainability, as well as the operation of recreation delivery systems, policy, administration, management, planning and evaluation.

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Core areas of study include:

  • Community engagement and sustainability
  • Parks and recreation
  • Grant writing and fund development
  • Environmental and nature resource policy/law
  • Tourism and recreation management
  • Geographical information systems

The Department of Community Sustainability infuses sustainability into all of its majors. Learn about the Sustainability Core.

Learn more about all the requirements and courses in Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism.


Sustainable Parks , Recreation and Tourism Graduates

$23,400

Average starting salary

81%

Job placement rate

$36,000

Top of starting salary range

Data from 2018 MSU Destination Survey of graduating students in this major

Career Opportunities

Meeting people’s outdoor leisure needs, enhancing the quality of life and providing sustainable economic and social development are hallmarks of this major.

Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism prepares students for a variety of career paths.

  • Park and land management
  • Recreation and conservation law enforcement
  • Nature and cultural interpretation educator
  • Non-profit camp and adventure management

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with government, non-profit and for-profit entities in the parks, recreation and tourism fields, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment opportunities.


Advisor Information

Schedule advising appointments online. Advising is Wednesday afternoons 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. There is no Express Advising during the summer.

Read more about the role of academic advisors in the Department of Community Sustainability.

Crystal Eustice Ph.D.

Crystal Eustice Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Practice / Academic Adviser / Internship Coordinator
Department of Community Sustainability
mill1879@msu.edu
517-432-0319

Michael Everett

Michael Everett

Professor of Practice / Undergraduate Program Coordinator / AFNRE M.A. Program Coordinator
Department of Community Sustainability
everettm@msu.edu
517-432-0292


Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities.

There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:

  • Parks and Recreation Club (PARC)
  • Leadership in Environment and Agricultural Fields
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences

Natural Resources Majors

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education

    This program prepares students for careers as school-based agriculture, food and natural resources teachers at the secondary level, careers in education fields, or professional or graduate school program.

  • Environmental Economics and Management

    Environmental Economics and Management is a broad, integrated study of environmental economics, public finance, economic development, community and regional studies and environmental science.

  • Environmental Studies and Sustainability

    Environmental Studies and Sustainability examines resource use and allocation through the lenses of community engagement, sustainability and environmental justice.

  • Fisheries and Wildlife

    Fisheries and Wildlife concentrations include conservation biology, wildlife biology and management, fisheries biology and management, water sciences, fish and wildlife disease ecology and management, and pre-veterinary.

  • Forestry

    The Forestry program prepares students to address pressing natural resource, environmental and energy issues through coursework in the biological and social sciences.

  • Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism

    Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism is an interdisciplinary program integrating sustainability with the study of natural, social, management and behavioral sciences related to natural resources recreation and tourism.

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