Recreation, Sport & Tourism


What is Recreation, Sport & Tourism?

In this major, you'll learn how to design, manage, and deliver recreation, sport, and tourism activities and services to different populations. Course topics include management, planning and development, event design, theory, and research. You’ll choose from three concentrations: Recreation Management, Sport Management, or Tourism Management. Recreation Management prepares you for leadership and administrative roles in public, non-profit, and commercial recreational organizations. You'll focus on skills for developing and delivering recreation programs and services at local, state, and national levels. Examples include youth development, health promotion, and outdoor recreation. Sport Management encompasses the governance, administration, and marketing of spectator, entertainment, and participatory sports. Accompanying industries include multimedia, sport manufacturing and retail, and facilities. Tourism management is one of the world's largest industries. It focuses on developing and implementing quality travel and tourism experiences. This includes considering the impact that attractions, events, environment, and technology have on these experiences.

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

88% employed or continuing education

74% employed after graduation

14% attending graduate school

$37,995 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, University Of Illinois Football, Yelp

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Trine University, Texas A&M University, Commerce

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

24 - 29 ACT Score

1180 - 1420 SAT Score

3.07 - 3.55 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390


  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872


  • Tuition: $30,052
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $49,746