Recreation and Tourism Management

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.


Students are advised to reach out to their academic advisor to determine which curriculum they are subject to:




Prerequisite Coursework (3 hours)
The following course must be completed with a C minus or better:

Course Description Hours
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;
  3. Satisfactory completion of all required prerequisite coursework; and
  4. Successful completion of 1st & 2nd GE English and 1st & 2nd GE Math 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.

Computer Skills Competency
No additional hours are 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 a University approved college-level course.

Dedman College of Hospitality - ALL Majors (15 hours)

Course Description Hours
HFT 3424 Hospitality Financial Analysis 3
HFT 3431 Hospitality Managerial Accounting 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 (24 hours)

Course Description Hours
LEI 1000 Introduction to Recreation and Tourism 3
LEI 3420 Recreation Activities Leadership 3
HFT 3700 Tourism and the Environment 3
LEI 3843 Commercial Recreation and Tourism 3
LEI 4602 Managing Recreational Experiences 3
HFT 4941* Work Experience 0
HFT or LEI Elective 3
HFT or LEI Elective 3
HFT or LEI Elective 3

*Required Work Experience
Students must complete at least 1,000 hours of work experience in the hospitality industry. The work experience must be completed at the post-secondary level. Students must register for HFT 4941 (Field Study in Hospitality Administration) in their final semester.

Students are required to complete 3 credit hours of Management Internship (HFT 3941) as part of their work experience.


Majors must have a total of 12 credit hours between HFT 3941 and elective requirements. Students can complete additional credit hours of HFT 3941 and use them as substitutes for elective requirements.

Not all electives are offered every semester/year.

Full List of Electives

Major Program Summary

Minimum Program Requirements
General Education 36*
Prerequisite 3*
College Core 15
Major Program of Study 24
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.


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
Parks and Recreation Director, Guest Services Director, Athletics Supervisor, Cultural Arts Supervisor, Recreation Program Director, Recreation Supervisor, Campus Recreation Director, Facility Manager, Resort Activities Director, Aquatics Supervisor, Tour Guide/Director, Fishing Charters Manager, Marina Manager, Program Director, Outdoor Recreation Manager, Conservation Manager, Park Ranger, Camp Coordinator.

Representative Employers
National and state recreation and park agencies, nonprofit community organizations, commercial recreation businesses, visitor and convention bureau, employee recreation programs, armed forces recreation, private clubs, resorts, colleges and universities, camps, tourism agencies, retirement communities, recreation/fishing product suppliers, equestrian centers, and commercial marinas.