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recreation and event management concentration
​​​​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.
Start with these classes
  • RPL 118: Introduction to Recreation
  • RPL 204: Introduction to Community Recreation Administration
  • RPL 261: Introduction to Private and Commercial Recreation 
  • RPL 209: Recreation and Diverse Populations

​Check out the recreation and event management course list.


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.
Start with these classes
  • FNS 261: Event Catering and Foodservice
  • HSA 350: Lodging Operations
  • RPL 430: Planning Recreation Programs and Events
  • RPL 431: Planning Community Recreation Programs and Events

Check out the recreation and event management course list.


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