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Bachelor of Science Degree in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Studies


Undergraduate Admission:

Students must have completed 15 semester hours of coursework (including ENGL 110C) with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 and have a personal interview with a faculty member in theP RTS program. Old Dominion University welcomes qualified transfer students from area and state community colleges.

Program Mission

The mission of the Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies (PRTS) Program is to facilitate the professional preparation of students interested in pursuing and/or continuing a career in tourism management, park and recreation management or therapeutic recreation. The undergraduate curriculum is designed to encourage students toward leadership opportunities in direct service, supervision, and administration. The PRTS Program fosters a learning environment of quality instruction, applied research and community service that stimulates the pursuit of knowledge and truth through opportunity and scholarship.

Prior to graduation, every student major must complete an internship comprising 500 - 560 clock hours of supervised field-based experience in a professional service setting. The student has a wide variety of fieldwork agencies from which to choose.

Program Philosophy

Consistent with the university's, college's, and department's missions, the PRTS Program's philosophy is to create a recreation and tourism professional who has the necessary competencies to be an informed leader, practitioner, and citizen.  In the pursuit of this philosophical approach, the PRTS Program's curriculum focuses on a service-centered and service-learning approach.  The broader university goal of developing a student who values the "dignity and worth of the individual," is central to the PRTS Program's philosophy of creating informed programming for various populations.  The PRTS Program's focus on the pedagogy involved in programming, leadership, and service delivery is consistent with the college's commitment to "excellence in teaching, scholarly activities, and service".  Additionally, the PRTS Program's curriculum, faculty expertise, and service-learning approach are specifically in-line with our department's advocacy of a "healthy lifestyle that includes human movement as an essential component of the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of all humans across the life span."

Program Accreditation

The Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies (PRTS) Program at Old Dominion University is professionally accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions. This professional council is additionally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Students must: (1) maintain a grade point average of 2.00 overall; (2) maintain a grade point average of 2.00 in the major; (3) pass the University Writing Proficiency requirements; (4) complete an internship; and (5) satisfy all course competencies. Upon completion of the above, each student major will be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree.


Dr. Edwin Gomez
Undergraduate Program Coordinator-Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies
2006 Student Recreation Center
Human Movement Sciences Department
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-6309 (office)
E-mail: egomez@odu.edu