Mar 01, 2024
BS Major - Recreation, Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation (RTTR)
(No Minor Required)
This major is designed to prepare students for professional leadership roles in a variety of public, commercial, clinical, community, and natural resource settings where recreational and/or therapeutic recreation services are offered. Within the major, students may select Track A, Recreation and Tourism (RT) and/or Track B, Therapeutic Recreation (TR). Students who graduate with the Therapeutic Recreation Track are qualified to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) examination. See Career Opportunities section for information about career opportunities available to graduates of both these options.
Admission to the Major
To be admitted to the Recreation, Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation (RTTR) program, a student must fulfill one of the following requirements:
- Be admitted to Winona State University as an entering freshman or transfer student.
- Have a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA as a currently enrolled student. (Note: A 2.50 cumulative GPA is required prior to completion of internship registration processes.)
Denial of Admission
Students may be denied admission to the RTTR major for failure to meet any of the WSU or RTTR admissions requirements.
- To be eligible for an internship, a student must have a 2.50 GPA overall as it appears on the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) prior to completion of registering for his/her internship. Note: It is the student’s responsibility to complete a graduation application within the timeframe designated by the Records & Registration Services.
- If a student fails an internship due to poor performance or a serious ethical or legal violation, he or she will be required to participate in a remediation plan. A TR or RT internship may be repeated only one time. If a student fails a second internship, he or she will not be able to graduate with a RTTR major.
- A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all RTTR core courses with the exception of internships, which are pass/no credit courses.
- A student who has earned another bachelor’s degree or is currently pursuing another bachelor’s degree is not required to take Specialty Area or Supportive courses within the RT major (only). Note: If a student who is currently pursuing another bachelor’s degree decides that he/she no longer wishes to pursue the second degree, the student must take both the Supportive and Specialty Area courses.
- Within the first semester of declaring the Recreation and Tourism degree track, a student must meet with his/her assigned advisor to declare the specialty area he or she will pursue.
- It is highly recommended that students enroll in either STAT 110 - Fundamentals of Statistics or STAT 210 - Statistics for the General Education math requirement.
Students identified by the RTTR faculty as needing assistance in academic, personal or professional domains are required to attend a review meeting initiated by the advisor and called by the Department Chairperson. An assistance plan will be developed; the plan will likely draw upon the services of such units as the Counseling Center, the Writing Center, Student Support Services, Tutoring Services, and Advising Services.
Warning and Suspension Policy
Students must be in good standing at the end of each academic year to remain enrolled in the RTTR program. Students not in good standing will be notified of their status at their advisory session. Students must complete an assistance plan to remain in the program; otherwise, they are suspended from the program.
Students may apply for reinstatement to the program, one semester after receiving a notice of suspension.
Students who are suspended from the RTTR program may submit a written appeal for re-admission to the department chairperson.
Track A: Recreation and Tourism (RT)
RTTR Courses Required by Track A and Track B (37-39 S.H.)
†Either course fulfills– WSU’s Physical Development and Wellness requirement.
* While internship hours are variable and may be completed over two semesters, each intern must accumulate at least 10 S.H. of internship credits. Students are advised to complete all RTTR course work prior to enrolling in an internship. No student will be allowed to enroll in an internship with more than two RTTR course requirements remaining. This includes the emphasis area courses.
Students must take CS 116 - Web Technology I or demonstrate competency in the course content by testing out with the designated computer science faculty member.
RTTR Requirements for Track A Only (22 S.H.)
In consultation with their advisor, Recreation and Tourism (Track A) students must declare one of the Specialty Areas below and also have a plan approved by their advisor for appropriate Supportive Courses. Students must have a grade of “C” or better in all Specialty Area courses.
Specialty Area A - Commercial Recreation (12 S.H.)
(additional 14-16 S.H. with plan approved by advisor)
Specialty Area B - Nature-Based Tourism (15 S.H.)
(additional 11-13 S.H. with plan approved by advisor)
Specialty Area C - Inclusive Recreation (12 S.H.)
(14-16 S.H. with plan approved by advisor)
Specialty Area D - Community/Nonprofit Recreation (12 S.H.)
(14-16 S.H. with plan approved by advisor)
In collaboration with, and approved by their faculty advisor, students must develop a plan for selecting Supportive Courses that are closely related to their chosen Specialty Area. Supportive Courses must be at the 200-level or higher, and all majors must earn a minimum of 40 university-wide semester hours at the 300- or 400-level in order to graduate.
◎ = Oral Intensive
◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive
△ = Writing Intensive
✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement