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Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) Program

WCU's Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) Program prepares students for professions in the leisure service, recreation, outdoor, and tourism industries, as well as with land agencies such as the National Parks and U.S. Forest Service. Students in the program earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Parks and Recreation Management. A PRM minor is also available.

Admission to the PRM Program

To be accepted into the PRM Program, students must achieve and maintain a 2.5 GPA overall and complete PRM 250: Foundations of PRM. As a major in the PRM program, students will work with a PRM faculty advisor to outline courses, certifications, and professional development options to help them achieve their academic and career goals.

PRM students earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Parks and Recreation Management:

Download the Eight Semester Plan for B.S. in Parks and Recreation Management

Landmark Learning has a special relationship with Western Carolina University to provide nationally recognized certifications to Western Carolina University students for course credit. National certification enhances work opportunities in the field of Outdoor Education and Recreation post graduation. Click here to download the PRM and Landmark Learning Course Equivalency Guide.

Landmark Learning College Credit and Course Equivalencies

The Minor

The minor in parks and recreation management requires 18 hours consisting of two core courses and any 12 hours of electives approved by your PRM advisor. The two core courses are PRM 250 and PRM 270.

As a PRM major, you will earn certifications, complete meaningful projects, present research, obtain experiences, and participate in conferences. It is important to save and document each of these items to be used as you begin your career search. In PRM 260: Professional Planning in PRM, students will begin the process of developing their professional portfolio utilizing the online platform, Linked In. The Linked In profile and digital portfolio is updated again in PRM 370: Capstone Internship Orientation as students search and secure their capstone internship. The final opportunity to update the portfolio and Linked In profile will be in PRM 483/484 Capstone Internship.

The portfolio may contain the following items depending upon your focus area in PRM:

  • Resume (professional)
  • Outdoor Resume (skills, expeditions, experiences)
  • Program proposal
  • Trip planning documents
  • Research prospectus
  • Business plan
  • Risk management plan and/or analysis
  • Leadership self-analysis
  • Activity Log/Journal
  • Lesson plan or activity proposal
  • Tent Peg article
  • Newspaper articles, blog posts, press releases
  • Service learning or volunteer work
  • Photographs of interpretive work or programs
  • Certifications related to your career path
  • Awards

The field of parks and recreation offers graduates a wide range of career options in community recreation, outdoor leadership and instruction, commercial and resort recreation, and recreation resource management.

Learn More About Career Options

We encourage you to gain experience in your chosen area through coursework, internships, and summer employment. You’ll gain leadership and participatory experience through volunteer work at Base Camp Cullowhee, where a range of activities are planned for the on- and off-campus community.

The PRM program provides numerous opportunities to seek additional training and certification in areas including wilderness medicine, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, outdoor leadership and more. Landmark Learning is in a special relationship with Western Carolina University to provide nationally recognized certifications to Western Carolina University students for course credit. National certification enhances work opportunities in the field of Outdoor Education and Recreation post-graduation.

Excellent internship opportunities, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Navitat, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Project SOAR, and several camps, surround the WCU campus. The strongest industry in the region is tourism, so our students enjoy internships at attractions and resorts in Western North Carolina and in the coastal areas of both North and South Carolina at places like Wilmington, Hilton Head Island, Myrtle Beach, and Charleston. Community parks and recreation agencies also abound in the region.

Learn More About Outdoor Organizations in the Region

PRM Mission

Our mission is to advance knowledge, educate professionals, engage communities, and affect positive social and environmental change using innovative, experiential, and equitable practices. PRM graduates are prepared to design, implement, and evaluate components of the leisure service industry. 

PRM Vision

We envision a global community where individuals and groups can equitably and responsibly access spaces for recreation, pursue healthy active lifestyles, and promote social and environmental justice. 

PRM Values

Diversity & Social Justice
Lifelong learning
Professionalism
Environmental Stewardship
Healthy active lifestyles
Compassion
Integrity
Adventure
Experiential Learning
Community
Innovation
Engagement

PRM Faculty

PRM Faculty

Left to right: Debby Singleton, Callie Schultz, Andrew Bobilya, Jeremy Schultz, Rebekah Campbell

  

Andrew Bobilya

Professor

Parks & Recreation Management

Rebekah Campbell

Instructor

Parks & Recreation Management

Callie Schultz

Assistant Professor

Program Director, Parks & Recreation Management

Jeremy Schultz

Assistant Professor

Parks & Recreation Management

Debby Singleton

Instructor

Parks & Recreation Management

Accreditation

The WCU Parks & Recreation Management Program is currently pursuing accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

Important Information Regarding Degree Mills:

Please watch this important video regarding degree and accreditation mills. According to CHEA, "Degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school. Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. “Accreditation” from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institution. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a usable credential." Read more on CHEA's website: https://www.chea.org/important-questions-about-degree-mills.

2020 Self-Study Report

Current faculty CVs are linked in individual faculty webpages (above) and in self-study document. 

Current faculty CVs are linked in individual faculty webpages (above) and in self-study document. 

 7.0 Series Overivew:

a. Program SLO to Course SLO Map

b. Curriculum map (intro, practice, mastery)

 

7.0 Series Sample Syllabi, Assignments, and Rubrics:

a. PRM 250: Foundations of Parks and Recreation Management

i. Syllabus

b. PRM 260: Professional Planning in PRM 

i. Syllabus

ii. Synthesis Paper Assignment

c. PRM 270 : Leadership & Group Dynamics

i. Syllabus

ii. Leadership Essay & Rubric

iii. Group Project Presentation & Rubric

d. PRM 495: Senior Seminar

i. Syllabus

ii. Assignment booklet (includes all assignments and rubrics)

e.  PRM 255: Active Recreation & Leisure

i. Syllabus

ii. Student-led Activity Sessions Assignment & Rubric

f. PRM 430: Entrepreneurship & Commercial Recreation 

i. Syllabus

ii. Feasibility Study Assignment & Rubric

g. PRM 275: Diversity & Inclusion in PRM

i. Syllabus

ii. Course Calendar

iii. "Self-as-other" Paper

iii. "Self-as-other" Paper Rubric

iv. "Media Analysis" Paper

v. Reading response assignment

h. PRM 461: Management & Administration of PRM

i. Syllabus

ii. Recreation project assignment and rubric

i. PRM 361: Program Planning & Evaluation of PRM

i. Syllabus

ii. Program Plan Assignment

iii. Oral Presentation Assignment

iv. Evaluation Report Assignment

j. PRM 483/484: Capstone Internship I & II

i. Syllabus, Reflection Paper Assignment and Rubric  

k. PRM 370: Capstone Internship Orientation 

i. Syllabus

ii. Digital Portfolio Assignment

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