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Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources

administrative contact

Robert Barricelli
phone: 304-293-0167
fax: 304-293-2441

program contact

David Smaldone
phone: 304-293-7404

Program Details

Program Description

The Recreation Parks and Tourism Resources Program is a recognized international leader in training future managers of recreation resources like parks, public forests, resorts, adventure education programs, and recreation businesses. This is a natural resource management-oriented curriculum focused on the social, economic and ecological dimensions of managing natural resources. Outdoor recreation courses provide insight into planning and managing natural resources for recreation users, tourists, and visitors.

Career Profile

Graduates from the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources program are typically employed by city, state and national parks, tourism, and natural resources agencies, and a wide range of nonprofit and business organizations.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accredited by the Society of American Foresters, the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources program at WVU is one of only six programs in the country to earn such approval.