RPTS Minors

The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences has four minors: Tourism Management, Park and Natural Resources, Youth Development, and general RPTS minor.

Course selections under each minor are for the newest TAMU catalog. We will honor all course options on the new minors below, adjustments (substitutions) may need to be submitted.


Minor Code: TMGT

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.

Required Courses TMGT


Minor Code: PNRM

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.

Required Courses PNRM


Minor Code: YDEV

The Youth Development minor focuses on programs and services that contribute to the development of young people’s personal, physical, social and educational abilities. Youth workers are program developers, leaders and managers who need to be able to work with youth, families, organizations and communities. Coursework in this option focuses on positive youth development, program planning and evaluation, methods for working with young people, and societal factors that both contribute to and inhibit the development of young people.

Required Courses YDEV


Minor Code: RPTS

The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences offers a general 18-hour minor as a supplement to other majors. This minor requires RPTS 201 and RPTS 302. Student select four additional courses from a list of ten.

Required Courses RPTS General


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


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