School of Health and Human Sciences

B.S. in Recreation and Parks – Community Recreation and Event Planning Concentration

The Community Recreation and Event Planning (CREP) program provides students with all of the requirements necessary to become a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP). Students in Community Recreation take courses such as community recreation; program planning; parks and recreation facilities development; management; recreation, parks and health, and finance and budgeting.

In addition, Community Recreation students minor in business administration, communication studies, sociology, entrepreneurship, or sport coaching.  Graduates work in city, county, and municipal governments in program management and administration jobs, while parks jobs tend to be more outdoors. Park jobs also exist in city as well as state and national parks.

Students interested in the the Event Planning industry take courses such as leadership, program planning, event planning, special event management, service management, finance and budget, and campus recreation. Graduates have secured jobs as Wedding Planners, Events Managers, Festival Coordinators, Project Managers, Travel Specialists, Reservation Services Managers, and Event Analysts.

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Courses for this Concentration Include:

  • Leadership in Recreation and Parks
  • Community Recreation
  • Recreation Services with Underrepresented Groups
  • Management in Recreation and Parks
  • Meeting and Event Planning Management


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Why Study with Us

People on a trail
Dr. Justin Harmon and his dog “Worry”
with participants of the Celebrate
the Trail to Recovery hiking program.
  • CTR faculty are nationally recognized for their teaching and research in parks and recreation management
  • All CTR students take specific courses in professional development
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for CPRP exam
  • Many CTR alumni come back as speakers, facilitators, and mentors to our students
  • CTR has strong relationship with fieldwork agencies in NC and across the nation

Career opportunities include positions as an event planner, recreation center director, recreation program planner, aquatics director, park manager, youth and adult sports coordinator, campus recreation manager, sporting event planner, or owner of a commercial recreation business.