Recreation and Tourism

Professionals in Recreation and Tourism manage facilities, programs and services that enrich people’s lives through high-quality and memorable leisure-time experiences. Tourism and recreation activities are an integral part of people’s lifestyles, and billions of dollars are spent annually on recreation, tourism and events in public, private and nonprofit recreation agencies and businesses.


Prerequisite Coursework (12 hours)
The following course must be completed with a C minus or better:

Course Description Hours
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3
HFT 1000 Introduction to Hospitality 3
ECO 2013 or
ECO 2023
Principles of Macroeconomics or
Principles of Microeconomics
CGS 2100 or
CGS 2518
Microcomputer Applications for Business or
Spreadsheets for Business

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
To be admitted to this program, students must have the following:

  1. Completion of at least 52 semester hours;
  2. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all college work attempted; and
  3. Satisfactory completion of all required prerequisite coursework.


Major Program of Study (39 hours)
Community college courses may not be substituted for 3000/4000 level courses. All courses must be completed with a grade of C minus or better and a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses used to satisfy the major requirements.

Lower-Division Requirement (3 hours)
HFT 1000 (3) Introduction to Hospitality. This course is a Term 4 milestone. Transfer students must complete it in their first term of enrollment at FSU.

Computer Skills Competency
No additional hours needed beyond prerequisites (CGS 2100 or CGS 2518).

Oral Communication Competency (3 hours beyond major coursework)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through with a University approved college-level course.

Dedman College of Hospitality - ALL Majors (18 hours)

Course Description Hours
HFT 3424 Hospitality Financial Analysis 3
HFT 3431 Hospitality Managerial Accounting 3
HFT 3806 Introduction to Food & Beverage Management 3
HFT 4502 Integrated Marketing for Hospitality 3
HFT 4224 Hospitality Leadership and Ethics 3
HFT 3941* Internship 3-12

*All majors must complete a minimum of 3 hours of HFT 3941 (Internship). Students must have a total of 12 credit hours between HFT 3941 and elective requirements. Students may complete additional credit hours (up to 12) and use them as substitutes for elective requirements. This means that if the max of 12 hours are put towards HFT 3941, 0 hours of electives are required under major coursework.

Major Coursework (21 hours)

Course Description Hours
LEI 3004 Introduction to Recreation and Tourism 3
LEI 3420 Recreation Activities Leadership 3
LEI 3435 Planning Recreational Experiences 3
HFT 3700 Tourism and the Environment 3
LEI 3843 Commercial Recreation and Tourism 3
LEI 4602 Planning and Maintenance of Facilities 3
LEI 4921 Field Work 0
HFT or LEI Elective 3


Majors must have a total of 12 credit hours between HFT 3941 and elective requirements. Students can complete additional credit hours of HFT 3941 (up to 12) and use them as substitutes for elective requirements (i.e. if 12 hours of HFT 3941 are completed, 0 hours of electives are required to fulfill the major coursework).

HFT Electives

Course Description Hours
HFT 2060 Coffee, Tea & International Culture 3
HFT 2061 Ales, Lagers & International Culture(x) 3
HFT 2062 International Wine and Culture(x) 3
HFT 2063 Distilled Spirits & International Culture 3
HFT 2080 International Protocol(y) 3
HFT 2452 Supply Management 3
HFT 2716 International Travel and Culture(x) 3
HFT 2876 Italian Wine and Culture(f) 3
HFT 2890 International Food and Culture(x) 3
HFT 2895 Italian Food and Culture(f) 3
HFT 3221 Human Resources in Hospitality 3
HFT 3240 Managing Service Organizations 3
HFT 3242 Hospitality Communications(w) 3
HFT 3270 Resort Operations 3
HFT 3272 Senior Services Management 3
HFT 3275 Resort Development 3
HFT 3515 Resort Marketing 3
HFT 3519 Convention Services & Event Management 3
HFT 3542 Event Management 3
HFT 3891 Global Food Controversy 3
HFT 4064 Ales, Lagers and Culture 3
HFT 4205 Conversational Spanish for Hospitality Managers 3
HFT 4866 Wine and Culture 3
HFT 4905 DIS (Directed Individual Study) 0-12
HFT 4930r Special Topics in Hospitality 3
HFT 4970 Honors Thesis 3

LEI Electives

Course Description Hours
LEI 1181 Leisure, Recreation and Adaptation(x or y) 3
LEI 2318 Events, Ethics and Sustainability 3
LEI 3266 Outdoor Adventure 3
LEI 3312 Introduction to Special Events 3
LEI 4314 Event Operations and Management 3
LEI 4524 Leadership Supervision(w) 3
LEI 4551 Administration of Leisure Systems 3
LEI 4561 Event Promotions 3
LEI 4864 Technology for Events 3

(x) Multicultural X course

(y) Multicultural Y course

(f) Course offered only through the Florence study-abroad program

(w) Upper-division writing course

Major Program Summary

Minimum Program Requirements
General Education 36*
Prerequisite 12*
College Core 18
Major Program of Study 21
Minor** 0
Computer Skills 0 (beyond prerequisites)
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives No. to bring total to 120
Total Hours Required 120

*Some prerequisite courses may also be counted as part of General Education requirements.

**Optional. Students who wish to have a minor must choose a program outside of the Dedman College of Hospitality.

In addition to the HFT / LEI electives offered, includes any approved courses across the university.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major here.


  1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
  2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
  3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.


The internship requires the student to work a minimum 40 hours per week in the agency for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks during the semester (minimum 480 hours). Student assignments are viewed as homework and the time spent to complete the assignments is not to be included in the required 40 hours. Successful completion of the internship is required of each student seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Tourism.

The primary purpose of the internship is to enable each student to meet his or her educational objectives through participation in a well planned and organized practical experience. Students are encouraged to seek and select an agency that offers diverse leadership, program planning and administrative opportunities.

Internship Policies and Procedures

Minor in Recreation and Tourism

A minor in recreation and tourism requires twelve (12) hours of coursework. A grade of "C–" or better must be earned in each course counted toward the minor.

Available to students not majoring in a hospitality program.

Course Description Hours
Required Courses (3 hours)
LEI 3004 Introduction to Recreation 3
Any three of the following courses (9 hours)
LEI 3266 Outdoor Adventure Education 3
LEI 3312 Introduction to Special Events 3
LEI 3420 Recreation Activities Leadership 3
LEI 3435 Recreation Program Design 3
LEI 3843 Commercial Recreation and Tourism 3
LEI 4524 Leadership and Supervision 3
LEI 4314 Event Operations and Management 3
LEI 4561 Special Event Promotions 3
LEI 4864 Technology for Events 3

Certificate in Special Events

A Certificate in Special Events at prepares students for various employment opportunities in the special events industry.

Coursework is offered as a combination of two distance learning, one hybrid and one face-to-face or online. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills of the latest techniques in special events needed as a future professional.

Required Courses (12 hours)

Course Description Hours
LEI 3312 Introduction to Special  3
LEI 4314 Event Operations and Management 3
LEI 4561 Special Event Promotions 3
LEI 4864* Technology for Events 3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in each of the four courses taken for credit and maintain a 2.5 (C+) grade point average or higher in the four courses for the minor certificate to be granted.

*LEI 4864 has been approved for the Liberal Studies for the 21st Century curriculum (effective Fall 2017). This course is approved for the Computer Competency designation.

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Salary Information
For more information visit the National Association of Colleges and Employers or the Occupational Outlook Handbook provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major
Recreation Director, Special Events Manager, Guest Services Director, Sports Supervisor, Cultural Arts Supervisor, Recreation Program Director, Recreation Supervisor, Campus Recreation Director, Facility Manager, Resort Activities Director, Aquatic Supervisor, Tour Director, Conventions Coordinator.

Representative Employers
City recreation and park agencies, nonprofit community organizations, event management companies, commercial recreation businesses, employee recreation programs, armed forces recreation, private clubs, resort recreation and event divisions, colleges and universities, camps, sports organizations, tourism agencies, resort and retirement communities.

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