Who We Are


Welcome to the Department of Recreation Parks and Tourism Sciences website!    We are committed to helping you with whatever motivated you to visit us.

The park, recreation, and tourism industry provides a wealth of exciting career options, and our faculty and staff stand ready to help you get started or help you advance.  Our former students are managers, marketing professionals, direct service providers and entrepreneurs in an enormous range of exciting recreation and tourism careers.  You can find them working at resorts and hotels, on cruise ships, in the airline industry, in national and state parks and forests, at performing arts facilities and museums, in camps and youth-serving organizations, and in a myriad of recreation businesses and park and recreation agencies that are part of local, state, and national governments.  We are proud of our graduates.  These Aggies make a difference in people’s lives.  They are outstanding citizens who have chosen dynamic and challenging careers. They provide guests, visitors, and participants in recreation, sport, and tourism with opportunities for highly valued and memorable recreation and travel experiences that promote health and well-being of individuals, economic and social development of communities, and cohesiveness of families.  Quality experiences, lives, and communities are our business.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

Howdy! from Gary Ellis, the Department Head

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