RPTS Minors

The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences has two minors: Tourism Management and Park and Natural Resources.

Tourism Management Minor

An 18 credit hour minor in Tourism Management provides a broad orientation of the following:

Tourism is one of the world’s largest and most diverse industries. This option focuses on the planning, management, development, and promotion of places and events as tourism attractions. Courses in tourism are designed to collectively build understanding about the linkages that exist between local places and cultures, host populations, and various public, private, and special interest groups. Students in this emphasis can pursue careers in private sector enterprises, government agencies, convention and visitor bureaus, and other tourism related service organizations.

Course Requirements

RPTS  202/302 – Application of Tourism Principles [3]

RPTS 209 – Park and Tourism Operations [3] (Spring Only)

RPTS 307 – Methods of Environmental Interpretation [3] (Spring Only)

RPTS 331 – Tourism Marketing [3]

RPTS 340 – Recreation, Parks and Diverse Populations [3]

RPTS 423 –  Tourism Management [3] (Fall Only)

Note: RPTS 484 – Internship is available for minors above and beyond the required 18 hours.

Park and Natural Resource Management Minor

An 18 credit hour minor in Park and Natural Resource Management provides a broad orientation of the following:

Management of natural and cultural resources associated with conserving parks and other protected areas. Land managers and related professionals integrate concepts in the bio-environmental sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and policy and administrative decision-making. Necessary skills include geographic information systems, impact assessment methodology, and heritage and natural resources planning techniques. Students with an emphasis in this field look forward to careers with both public and private employers in the recreation, park, and tourism fields, including state and federal agencies and private enterprises, non-profit organizations, youth camps, and environmental education programs.

Course Requirements

RPTS 201 – Foundation of Recreation, Parks and Tourism [3]

RPTS 301 – Leisure and Outdoor Recreation in American Culture [3]

RPTS 307 – Methods of Environmental Interpretation [3] (Spring Only)

RPTS 316 – Recreation Management of Wildlands [3]

RPTS 460 – Development of Management of Protected Areas [3] (Fall Only)

RENR 375* – Conservation of Natural Resource [3] (Online Only)

*If you do not wish to take an online course see RPTS Academic Advisor for course substitutions

Note: RPTS 484 – Internship is available for minors above and beyond the required 18 hours.

Eligibility

We do not have an application, deadlines, or a cap on eligibility hours. As long as you are a current undergraduate student at Texas A&M University you are eligible to pursue our minors.  Declaration of minor is made in the student’s home college or major department. Some colleges and departments outside RPTS may not permit their students to declare a minor.

Satisfactory Completion of Courses

To be awarded the minor in business and receive transcript recognition, students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course listed above

Catalog Descriptions

RPTS 201 – FOUND OF REC PARK & TOURSM
Foundations of Recreation, Parks and Tourism. (3-0). Credit 3. Analysis of the elements comprising a community, community assessment techniques and community development processes engaged by stakeholders and residents to improve living conditions; definitions and principles associated with community development.
RPTS 209 – PARK & TOUR OPERATIONS
Park and Tourism Operations. (2-2). Credit 3. Planning, execution and supervision of field maintenance and operations.
RPTS 302 – APPLIC TOURISM PRINCIPLES
Application of Tourism Principles. (3-0). Credit 3. Tourism principles applied at local, regional and international levels; examination of the scale, scope and organization of the industry including marketing destinations and experiences; issues related to the economic, technological and political aspects of tourism. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
RPTS 307 – METH OF ENVIR INTERPRE
Methods of Environmental Interpretation. (2-2). Credit 3. Communication processes and practices between resource managers and publics using or affected by natural, cultural and tourism resource places; principles and techniques of gathering, analyzing and disseminating information through various media, such as exhibits, presentations, publications and programs.*
RPTS 316 – REC MGMT OF WILDLANDS
Recreational Management of Wildlands. (3-0). Credit 3. Management and recreational use of wild and wilderness areas and multiple use management areas; systems and techniques for dealing with management problems in outdoor recreation. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.*
RPTS 331 – TOURISM MARKETING
Tourism Marketing. (3-0). Credit 3. Application of basic tourism marketing principles and concepts in government, business, and social-cause contexts; situation analysis and operational evaluation; decision making in terms of product, place, price, and channel of distribution mixes for tourism attractions and services. Prerequisite: RPTS 302 and junior or senior classification.
RPTS 340 – REC PKS TOUR & DIV POPULAT
Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Diverse Populations. (3-0). Credit 3. Review of major judicial decisions and civil rights laws on provision and distribution of leisure services in society; influence of age, disability, ethnicity, national origin, race, religion and gender on individual’s preferences for particular experiences; implications of individual differences for the provision of services. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.*
RPTS 423 – TOURISM MGMT
Tourism Management. (3-0). Credit 3. Management issues and tools related to the travel and tourism industry; history, planning, operations, leading, directing and controlling tourism businesses; complexity and scope of tourism systems; issues related to ethics and sustainability; managing tourism in different environments; roles of technology and information technology; future of tourism. Prerequisite: RPTS 302.*
RPTS 460 – NATURE VALUES PROT AREAS
Nature, Values, and Protected Areas. (3-0). Credit 3. Writing-intensive discussion of the ways in which protected areas reflect human values about nature; identify stakeholders in and around protected areas, exploring how interests either conflict or coincide; evaluate social, economic, cultural, and ecological trade-offs of different approaches to conservation. Prerequisite: RPTS 307 or RPTS 316; or 9 hours of credit in natural resource courses. Cross-listed with RENR 460.*

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