In this major, you’ll learn how to design, manage, and evaluate a variety of recreation, sport and tourism activities and services to diverse populations. You'll receive a broad general education and take courses in management, special events, and marketing to prepare you for a professional career. You’ll choose from one of three concentrations:
Recreation Management prepares you for leadership and administrative roles in public, nonprofit, and commercial recreational organizations. It focuses on knowledge and skills essential for developing and delivering recreation programs and services in many 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 is one of the world’s largest industries. It covers the design and implementation of the travel experience. This includes the impact of attractions, events, environment, and technology in its development.
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, University of Michigan, Arizona State University View All
4.1 years to degree
92% first-year retention rate
64% four-year graduation rate
89% six-year graduation rate