Improving Quality of Life, Leading and Serving Communities

UNC’s undergraduate Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality program develops well-educated citizens who provide healthful leisure and recreation experiences at the state, regional and national levels in order to improve quality of life, provide leadership and service to communities, and contribute to the advancement of the profession.

Hands-on career experiences form an integral part of our degree programs. Through practicum and internship opportunities with a variety of agencies, including public parks, non-profit organizations like YMCAs, CVBs, and Senior Centers, you'll fine tune your area of interest, put classroom theory into practice and gain valuable skills that will help you after graduation. In Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality, you'll be able to tailor your program to emphasize your special interests as you plan your future. You are likely to be hired as an activity director, aquatics specialist, recreation director or event planner. You'll find positions at tourist attractions, city recreation departments, retirement communities, and protected public lands, among others.

Classes you want full? Get on the Waitlist! 

UNC and RTH use an automated waitlisting process to ensure timely registration and fairness for all students. To get on the waitlist for a class, simply enter the CRN into the "add classes worksheet" at the bottom of the first page in registration in URSA. 

You will receive a message that the course is closed but will be given the option to add yourself to the waitlist if one is available.

  • Important: 
    Students may not be waitlisted or registered in two sections of the same course (cannot waitlist for a 10 am section if you're registered for an 8 am!)
  • If a spot opens, an email will be sent to the student's Bear Mail address. You have 24 hours to claim the open spot

For more detailed information, visit the Registrar's website.

Internships / Practica

Students complete a 90-clock-hour practicum in their junior year, and a 450-clock-hour internship their senior year. These are completed at approved agency sites with qualified professionals.

Our students have completed internships worldwide and in a variety of settings and prestigious agencies, from the Denver Zoo to military bases in Italy, to resorts in Florida and outdoor adventure programs across the United States and into Canada.


The internship is viewed as the capstone class in a student’s professional preparation. Thus it is important to carefully select an agency that will meet a student’s professional goals and the professional guidelines expected by national credentialing organizations. The Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Program maintains an ever expanding file of potential sites for student consideration. In addition to requiring 500 clock hours, other prerequisites include a 2.5 GPA in the major, current CPR and First Aid certification, and completion of all major courses. Liability insurance is also required by some agencies, as is Hepatitis B vaccine cycle and background checks.