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.

The Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality program provides advising, coursework, professional experiences and career assistance, as well as opportunities for individualized study, research, and supervised community service to students. The program also coordinates with other units in the College of Natural and Health Sciences to satisfy the respective degree requirements.

News and Announcements

Congratulations to Dr. James Gould, recipient of the 2015-2016 NHS Faculty Award for Faculty Research Mentor of the Year at the Undergraduate Level Excellence in Advising presented by Dr. Ellen Gregg, Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences.


Internships / Practica

Students complete a 90-clock-hour practicum in their junior year, and a 480-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.