Leisure & Tourism

The Leisure and Tourism Studies specialization embraces an interdisciplinary approach infused with its own body of knowledge and professional core. Psychosocial underpinnings, along with the skills of leadership and administrative facilitation, result in the study of Leisure and Tourism in a variety of contexts. The professional core courses, along with the research methods and interpretation of research courses, provide the necessary skills to read, interpret, critique, and conduct creative and scholarly activities for either a thesis or a project. Students work with an advisor in developing a specified course sequence relevant to their needs and interests beyond the required professional core and within a two-year cycle of course offerings. Faculty interests in Leisure and Tourism Studies include environmental issues, outdoor recreation, public and community recreation administration, and tourism studies.

This Specialization may be completed in two academic years. A minimum of 24 hours must have the HMSL prefix.  The minimum credit hours for completing the Leisure & Tourism Specialization is: Plan I:  30 credit hours; Plan II: 33 credit hours.


Students work closely with their advisor in developing a focus of study, selecting courses, and deciding whether to complete a thesis or master's project.

Leisure & Tourism Check Sheet with program requirements

Faculty with Expertise in Leisure and Tourism