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Recreation and Event Management Concentration

The Recreation and Event Management (REM) program at Central Michigan University prepares you to work in both the for- and non-profit recreation and event management industries. Our students go on to work in places such as amusement or theme parks, community centers, festivals, non-profit organizations, university recreation and activities, sports and entertainment venues, military recreation, corporate and private special events, city and county parks and recreation, convention centers and faith based recreation.

Highlights about this program
  • Awarded the Gold Pinnacle Award in 2019 as the "Best Event Management Bachelor's Degree" by the International Festivals and Events Association.
  • Learn from faculty, all of whom have professional, industry experience in recreation and event management settings.
  • Engage in classes that emphasize hands-on, service-learning based projects and assignments.
  • Finish up your academic career with a professional 30-week internship - the only 30-week internship in the nation.
  • Two specific pre-internship classes to assist with the internship search and placement process.
  • Accredited since 1982 by the Council of Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism or Related Professions (COAPRT).
  


  • ​​​​​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.

Event Management Minor
The Event Management 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 Event Management Minor requires a minimum of 3 semesters to complete.
  • Required Professional Core Courses (17)
  • RPL 222 (3) Introduction to Recreation & Event Management
  • FNS 261 (3) Event Catering & Food Service
  • HSA 350 (3) Lodging Operations
  • RPL 318 (2) Field Course in Event Management (RPL 430 is a prerequisite for RPL 318)
  • RPL 430 (3) Planning Recreation Programs & Events (RPL 222 is a prerequisite for RPL 430)
  • RPL 438 (3) Meeting & Exposition Planning  (RPL 430 is prerequisite for RPL 438)
  • Electives (6)
  • RPL 206 (3) Recreation Activity Facilitation
  • ART 231 (3) Introduction to Graphic Design
  • HSA 445 (3) Advanced Food & Beverage System Management
  • IND 331 (3) The Art of Event Planning
  • JRN 350 (3) Public Relations Principles & Practices
  • FMD 357 (3) Fashion Show Production and Promotion
  • RPL/HSA 343 (3) Tourism
  • RPL 511 (3) Liability & Risk Management
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