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.

Career Paths

 A major in Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality leads to employment with agencies in the public, private, and non-profit sector with individuals of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Starting salaries are comparable to those of teachers yet vary with the nature of the setting and economic demands. The major is designed to assist the student in acquiring practical skills and employment connections and networks. 

Of the students who have completed their internships, the employment rate is 75% (full and part-time offerings). Responses to a career services survey noted a 100% employment rate. 

  •  Travel and Tourism Planner
  • Corporate Event Planner
  • State and Local Tourism Board
  • Food and Beverage Coordinator
  • Facility Operations Managers at Hotels/Resorts
  •  • Community Recreation Center Supervisor
  • • Youth Athletics Organizer
  • • Aquatic Center Director
  • • Athletic Tournament Coordinator
  • • Cultural Arts Manager

Read an article titled "What I do as a Parks and Recreation Director" on Lifehacker. (Will open in separate page)