Students in this emphasis area receive the preparation needed to effectively administer city and county recreation and park programs, youth programs and services. The curriculum emphasizes financing, managing, and marketing public agencies and their services. Skills in problem solving, conflict management, and working with undeserved populations are also emphasized.
Emphasis in Natural Resource Management and Policy Analysis
Natural resource managers must meet demands for recreational uses while integrating recreation and other amenity considerations into the conservation of natural resources. This curriculum prepares students to work in state or national resource-based recreation agencies or in organizations developing and administering natural resource policy.
Emphasis in Tourism
This specialty prepares students to work in management, policy, and marketing positions in the tourism industry or in state and local government agencies involved with tourism promotion.
Emphasis in Youth Development
Students in this program area take courses in RPTS and from across the university emphasizing principles of youth development, means for developing and managing youth programs, and methods for evaluating the effectiveness of youth programs. An on-going learning group within the department serves to explore various topics, work on funded research, and develop thesis and dissertation projects. Further, students in this emphasis area will be exposed to interdisciplinary research and education opportunities through Texas A&M’s Children, Youth and Family Research Initiative. Students graduating from the RPTS program in this emphasis area will be prepared to work in areas of youth policy, management, or program evaluation or pursue a career in higher education.