The Recreation and Parks Management degree teaches skills in program planning, leadership, community inclusion, and strategies for enhancing, health, wellbeing, and quality of life for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Specialties within this growing field are public recreation, therapeutic recreation (recreation therapy), event planning, gerontology, youth development, sports management, parks and forestry, specialized facility management, commercial enterprising,  resource management, and administration.

We offer a B.S. degree, a minor in Community Therapeutic Recreation with specialization options, and an accelerated B.S to M.S.

Students canoeing at Piney Lake during UNCG's Rawkin' Welcome Week Event.

B.S. DEGREE IN RECREATION and Parks MANAGEMENT, Community Recreation and Event Planning

Students who choose to focus on Community Recreation and Event Planning within the Bachelor of Science in Recreation & Parks Management degree are prepared to plan, implement, market, evaluate, and manage recreation programs and events.

B.S. DEGREE IN RECREATION and Parks MANAGEMENT, Therapeutic Recreation

Our degree program provides students with requirements necessary to become nationally certified and licensed in North Carolina. Students in this program learn how to assess client needs, develop and implement individualized treatment plans, and document and evaluate client progress and program effectiveness.

Adaptive rock climbing at UNCG's Recreation and Wellness center
Community and Therapeutic Recreation students work at the TR Lab

Minors in Community and Therapeutic Recreation

  • Community Recreation Undergraduate Minor
  • Community and Therapeutic Recreation Undergraduate Minor
  • Event Planning Undergraduate Minor
  • Recreational Therapy Undergraduate Minor

Accelerated B.S. to M.S. in Recreation and Parks Management

Qualified undergraduate students who are pursuing the B.S. in Recreation and Parks Management may apply for admission to the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP). AMP students have the opportunity to graduate with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree, within a 5-year time period.

Student Opportunities

  • Fieldwork and volunteer opportunities offer hands-on practical experience in myriad professional and community settings appropriate to the student’s career goals
  • Professional development opportunities include workshops and conferences
  • In-service learning and fieldwork provide students with opportunities to begin building their professional network prior to graduation
  • Undergraduate Research Assistantships are available to support students as they gain valuable research experience by working with faculty members
  • UNCG offers extensive and affordable study abroad opportunities