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Recreation and Event Management Concentration

Did you participate in youth sports in your community?  How about attending recreation programs in your hometown parks or visited Traverse City, Mich. during the Cherry Festival? All of those programs and events had to be planned and organized by someone; that someone could be you!  The REM program at Central Michigan University would prepare you in one of two specialty areas:  commercial or community recreation.  Commercial recreation is the for-profit side of the industry.  Our students usually go on to work in resorts, theme parks, with cruise lines or other businesses in the recreation field.  Community recreation students specialize in the public, non-profit side of recreation.  You might find yourself working in a YMCA or community center, as a director of a city parks program, or running another non-profit recreation program. All of our students also learn how to plan and organize events. These events might be festivals, races, sports events, or fairs.

Highlights about this program
  • Finish up your academic career with a 30-week internship, the longest of any recreation program in the nation. 
  • Learn from faculty, all of whom have professional, industry experience in commercial and community recreation settings.
  •  Engage in classes that emphasize hands-on, service-learning based projects and assignments.
  • REM graduates, who are taking the Certified Parks and Re​creation Profession (CPRP) national certification exam, are passing at a 91.5% rate.

  • ​​​​​Academic Courses (36) 
    An internship and a minor are required on this concentration. Specific minors are preferred. Other minors may be considered only through consultation and approval from the department advisor.

    Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards
    1. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25 to sign a major in RPL.
    2. Students must earn a minimum of a C (2.0) or better in all courses required in an RPL major.
  • RPL 118 (2) Introduction to Recreation (Take 1st semester in program)
  • RPL 206 (3) Recreation Facilitation (Take 1st or 2nd semester in the program)
  • RPL 209 (2) Recreation & Diverse Populations (Take 1st or 2nd semester in the program)
  • RPL 222 (3) Introduction to Recreation & Event Mgt. (Take 1st or 2nd semester in the program)
  • RPL 307 (3) Management Skills in Leisure Services (RPL 118 & RPL 222 are prerequisites for RPL 307)    OR
  • RPL 470 (3) Park & Natural Resource Management (RPL 118 & RPL 222 are prerequisites for RPL 470)
  • RPL 434 (3) Tourism OR
  • RPL 436 (3) Facility Operations & Maintenance (Offered in Spring semester only)
  • RPL 430 (3) Planning Recreation Programs & Events (WI & SL class)
  • RPL 438 (3) Meeting & Exposition Planning (RPL 430 is a prerquisite for RPL 438)
  • RPL 508 (3) Budgeting for Leisure Service Agencies (QR class)
  • RPL 511 (3) Liability & Risk Management
  • RPL 545 (3) Marketing of Leisure Services (WI class)
  • RPL 310 (1) Pre-Internship in Leisure Services (2 semesters prior to internship. DEAN WALLIN's SECTION ONLY)
  • RPL 518 (3) Research & Philosophy in RPL (Last semester on campus)
  • RPL 497 (1) Seminar in Recreation Professional Development (Last semester on campus)
  • RPL 320 (30) Professional Internship
    The internship is considered a culminating experience, completed at the end of the student's undergraduate coursework. ALL coursework (major, minor(s), U.P.'s, and competencies) must be completed prior to the start of the internship.
  • Preferred Minors: Advertising, Business Administration, Child Development, Communications, Entrepreneurship, Gerontology, Hospitality, Management, Marketing, Professional Sales, Public Administration, Religion, Retailing, Sports Studies, Youth Services, or any language minor (French, German, Spanish, or American Sign). Other minors may be considered only through consultation and approval from the department advisor. The Recreation and Event Management minor can’t be taken as a minor with this concentration.

Recreation and Event Management Minor
The REM minor provides students with the combination of skills and knowledge needed to be successful as an event manager in a range of event planning settings. Event managers are found in education, government, private business and industry and in the non-profit ​sector. Skills and knowledge derived from this minor will enhance a student's marketability and employability in numerous settings. All minors complete a two credit field experience in which they work with an organization or agency to plan and implement an event. ​

Highlights about this program
  • Earn two credits while you work or volunteer with an organization or agency to plan and implement an event. 
  • Learn from faculty, all of whom have professional event and recreation experience. Engage in classes that emphasize hands-on, service-learning based projects and assignments.

  • The Recreation and Event Management Minor requires a minimum of 3 semesters to complete.
  • Required Professional Core Courses (17)
  • FNS 261 (3) Event Catering & Food Service
  • HSA 350 (3) Lodging Operations
  • RPL 318 (2) Field Course in Event Management (Should not take before completion of RPL 430)
  • RPL 430 (3) Planning Recreation Programs & Events
  • RPL 438 (3) Meeting & Exposition Planning  (RPL 430 is prerequisite for RPL 438, can’t take at same time as RPL 440)
  • Electives (6)
  • AMD 357 (3) Fashion Production/Promotion
  • HSA 445 (3) Advanced Food & Beverage System Management
  • IND 331 (3) Art & Design of Event Planning
  • JRN 350 (3) Public Relations Principles & Practices
  • PES 550 (3) Sport Fundraising
  • RPL/HSA 343 (3) Tourism
  • RPL 436 (3) Recreation Facility Operations
  • RPL 511 (3) Legal Liability & Risk Management
  • RPL 545 (3) Promoting Leisure Services & Programs
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