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Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism

An MSU student working toward a tourism degree helps visitors in a park.

Interested in a parks, recreation and tourism degree? 

The sustainable parks, recreation and tourism major prepares students for professional positions related to the management and enjoyment of the outdoors — including management of public parks, forests and protected areas; nonprofit lands and facilities such as camps; and commercial enterprises that provide goods and services to outdoor enthusiasts. 

Students pursuing this tourism degree study natural resource-based recreation and tourism that integrates sustainability and effectively links theory with practice while engaging the community. All senior-level courses have a hands-on project component, in which students work with professionals in the field, applying classroom knowledge, critical thinking and effort to provide a lasting benefit to professional partners and society.


Meeting people's outdoor leisure needs, enhancing the quality of life and providing sustainable economic and social development are hallmarks of this sustainable parks, recreation and tourism degree.

Alumni work at: 

  • Boyne Resorts
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • U.S. National Park Service 
  • Woods and Water Ecotours

Alumni work as: 

  • Activities directors
  • Front desk agents
  • Kayak guides
  • Mountain operations assistants
  • Park rangers

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