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Recreation, Sport & Tourism

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What is Recreation, Sport & Tourism?

In this major, you’ll learn how to design, manage, and deliver a variety of recreation, sport and tourism activities and services to different populations. Receiving a broad general education as well as courses in management, theory, and research designed specifically to prepare you for a professional career, you’ll choose from one of three concentrations: 

  • Recreation Management
  • Sport Management
  • Tourism Management

Recreation Management prepares students for leadership or administrative roles in public, nonprofit, and commercial recreational organizations. Recreation Management focuses on knowledge and skills essential for developing and delivering recreation programs and services in numerous contexts (including youth development, health promotion, and outdoor recreation) at the local, state, and national levels. Sport Management encompasses the governance, administration, and marketing of spectator, entertainment and participatory sports (youth and amateur), and accompanying industries (e.g., multimedia, sport manufacturer and retail, and facilities). Tourism management, one of the world’s largest industries, covers the design and implementation of the travel experience, including the impact of attractions, events, environment, and technology in its development.

Career Options

  • Collegiate & scholastic athletic administration
  • Commercial recreation
  • Community recreation
  • Cultural arts administration
  • Destination marketing
  • Destination sales & promotion
  • Hospitality & event planning
  • Nonprofit & community sport
  • Olympic & international sport
  • Park management
  • Professional sport
  • Recreation program supervision
  • Resort development & management
  • Sport facility & event management
  • Sport governance
  • Sport marketing
  • Sport sales & promotion
  • Tourism development & planning

Post-Graduation Success1

89% employed or continuing education

72% employed after graduation

17% attending graduate school

$37,034 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, University Of Illinois Football, The Walt Disney Company View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Central Michigan University, Columbia University, Teachers College View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

24 - 28 ACT score

1170 - 1370 SAT score

3.16 - 3.60 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

4.1 years to degree

92% freshman retention rate

64% four-year graduation rate

89% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $30,052
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $49,746
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