​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Recreation and event management takes advantage of a booming leisure industry. With an expected job growth rate of 44 percent by 2020, CMU’s new recreation and event management major — Michigan’s first — puts you on a fast track to success. As a student, you might work behind the scenes at a major campus concert, help organize the nation’s only student-run Gus Macker basketball tournament or land your dream job through a required internship. Employers at theme parks, parks and recreation departments, community/convention centers, festivals, and entertainment venues covet your energy and await your graduation.

Points of Pride

  • The International Festivals and Events Association honored CMU with its 2019 Gold Pinnacle Award for Best Event Management Bachelor's Degree.
  • CMU has one of the top five largest recreation education programs in the United States.
  • CMU’s recreation and event management major is accredited through the National Recreation and Park Association.
  • The major boasts the nation’s only 30-week internship program.

Put Your Degree to Work

For More Information

Visit the College of Education and Human Services website​ or contact:

Tim Otteman (A-G)
Finch Fieldhouse 105
Email: ottem1tw@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-7312

Lori Irwin (H-N)
Finch Fieldhouse 102
Email: lori.irwin@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-1022

Jill Almasi-Dole (O-Z)
Finch Fieldhouse 106A
Email: almas1jm@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-2117

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

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Recreation Major: Recreation and Event Management Concentration

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.
Preferred Minors: Advertising, American Sign Language, Business Administration, Child Development, Communications, Entrepreneurship, Gerontology, Hospitality Services Administration, Management, Marketing, Professional Sales, Public Administration, Religion, Retailing, Sport Management, Youth Studies, or any Language minor. Other minors may be considered only through consultation and approval from the department advisor. The Event Management minor cannot be taken as a minor with this concentration. Total: 66 semester hours
Required Professional Core Courses
(66 hours)
Note: Choose one of RPL 343 OR 436, not both. Note: Choose one of RPL 307 OR 470, not both. Note: RPL 310 must be taken two semesters prior to internship; RPL 497 and 518 must be taken one semester prior to internship; RPL 320 must be taken as a 30 credit hour internship.
RPL 118
Introduction to Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services
RPL 206
Recreation Activity Facilitation
RPL 209
Inclusive Recreation with Diverse Populations
RPL 222
Introduction to Recreation and Event Management
RPL 307
Management Skills in Leisure Services
RPL 310
Pre-Internship in Leisure Services
RPL 320
Professional Internship in Recreation
RPL 343/HSA 343
RPL 430
Planning Recreation Programs and Events
RPL 436
Facility Operations and Maintenance
RPL 438
Meeting and Exposition Planning
RPL 470
Park and Natural Resource Management
RPL 497
Seminar in Recreation Professional Development
Budgeting & Funding for Leisure Service Agencies
RPL 511
Liability and Risk Management in Leisure Services
RPL 518
Research & Philosophy in RPL
RPL 545
Marketing of Leisure Services