Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Connecting People, Enriching Lives

At the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (RCPT), we believe in the power of recreation to enrich lives and make a positive impact on individuals, communities, and the environment. Our mission is to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to create meaningful and sustainable recreational opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

An Education that Sets You Apart

Earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism from Radford University and embark on a rewarding career . Our undergraduate program is the first accredited program by the Council for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT) in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  RCPT majors can apply for exclusive scholarships, receive travel funding for professional conferences, and gain valuable certifications through their coursework.

Choose from Three Exciting Concentrations

  • Outdoor Recreation and Leadership: Unleash your sense of adventure and leadership potential. Gain specialized knowledge and practical skills to create unforgettable outdoor experiences and empower others to embrace nature.
  • Recreation Therapy: Make a difference in the lives of individuals facing challenges. Learn therapeutic techniques and interventions to enhance physical, emotional, and social well-being through recreational activities.
  • Tourism and Special Events: Become a part of the thriving tourism industry. Learn how to plan and manage unique events, showcase cultural heritage sites, and contribute to the economic growth of communities.

A Playground for Learning and Exploration

Immerse yourself in stunning natural landscapes and cultural heritage sites. Our proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia’s Civil War Trail, New River Trail State Park, and Crooked Road Music Trail offers unmatched recreational opportunities. At Radford University, the world becomes your classroom and playground.

Start Your Journey Today

If you have a passion for adventure, a love for helping others, and a desire to make a positive impact on the world, then Radford University's Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism is the perfect place for you. Experience a transformative education that equips you with the skills and knowledge to thrive. Join us on an exhilarating journey of discovery, learning, and endless possibilities.

Radford's RCPT program was the best professional decision I ever made for myself because the knowledge and skills that I gained are put to use every day. The professors and the program shaped me into the well-rounded recreation professional and leader I am today, and I continue to learn from them.

Heather Benninghove '08, Center Director, Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center

Radford University gave me the platform to pursue a dream career of providing dolphin-assisted therapy to kids and adults with special needs. Learning from the professors at RCPT has given me the leadership skills, education foundation and practical experience to become successful.

Mallorie Parsons ’16, Veteran and Internship Coordinator, Island Dolphin Care