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Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies

If you enjoy healthy living combined with the many pleasures of leisure, sport, and tourism, then why not turn your passion into a career? Want to avoid working at a desk for the rest of your life? Are you a people person? Do you enjoy being active at work? The Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies major at Middle Tennessee State University offers specializations in recreation administration, outdoor recreation, sport studies, and tourism studies. Both our undergraduate LSTS and graduate Leisure and Sport Management (LSM) programs give professionals opportunities that range from running their own facilities to becoming athletic directors—and everything in between.

To learn more about the program, click on the INFO tab to take a look at the mission, vision, and value statements.

Senior Cheryl Richardson

Professional networking part of learning

Senior Cheryl Richardson decided that a career in Leisure, Sports, and Tourism Studies interested her. She's happy with the opportunities she's had to interact with professionals in the field of recreation. “The professors encouraged me to not only attend professional conferences, but also to attend as a program presenter,” says Cheryl, who's participated at both regional and national meetings. “These opportunities have given me the chance to network and make professional contacts in the recreation field. These are valuable contacts that I know I will use in my future professional career.”

Alexandria Willocks studied tourism around the world

Explore a world of opportunities 

After graduating with an associate degree, Alexandria Willocks had no desire to obtain a bachelor's degree. The MTSU senior is thankful that the Leisure, Sports, and Tourism Studies major caught her attention. “While in this major I have learned more than I thought possible. I have been able to study tourism in post-Soviet Union Czech Republic and Poland and wine tourism in Canada,” she says. “The firsthand experience opportunities give students real skills that they will need after graduation. I am so thankful I found this major when I did and I'm proud to be a part of it!”

The exciting Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies program offers a range of career opportunities from recreation and sport and tourism management to outdoor leadership. This ever-changing field requires skilled, versatile professionals with expertise in customer service and personnel management. Students have access to real world experience ranging from internships at state parks to study abroad trips to places such as Ireland, France, and Italy where visits to historic parks and museums help students gain a better understanding of tourism. Potential career options include work in

Leisure Studies:

  • Campus recreation
  • Community recreation
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Parks and recreation departments
  • Facilities management
  • Military recreation
  • Youth recreation 


Sports:

  • Athletic administration
  • Coaching (all levels)
  • Community/public relations
  • General management
  • Professional organization sales
  • Recreational sport
  • Youth sport 


Tourism:

  • Chambers of commerce administrator
  • Convention planner
  • Hotel administrator
  • Tourism development
  • Travel and tourism management
  • Travel counselor/agent
  • Visitor information provider
  • Wine tourism


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Arnold Air Force Base
  • LSU Campus Recreation
  • New Frontiers
  • North Rutherford YMCA
  • Tennessee State Parks

Dr. Kelly Bloom
Assistant Professor
kelly.bloom@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8478
Office | Room 112, Murphy Center (MC)
Mail | MTSU Box 96, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Outdoor Recreation

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Utah (2008)
M.S., Middle Tennessee State University (2000)
B.U.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1999)

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Dr. Rudy Dunlap
Assistant Professor
rudy.dunlap@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8293
Office | Room 112, Murphy Center (MC)
Mail | MTSU Box 96, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Outdoor Recreation and Administration

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens (2008)
M.Ed., University of Georgia, Athens (2002)
B.A., Appalachian State University, NC (1998)

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Dr. Steve Estes
Department Chair
steven.estes@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2811
Office | Room 111, Murphy Center (MC)
Mail | MTSU Box 96, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Sports Management
Leadership

Degree Information
Ph.D., Ohio State University, Columbus (1990)
M.A., San Diego State University, CA (1985)
A.B., San Diego State University, CA (1982)

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Dr. Joey Gray
Associate Professor
joey.gray@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8359
Office | Room 203, Alumni Memorial Gym (AMG)
Mail | MTSU Box 96, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Sports Management and Tourism Studies

Degree Information
Ph.D., Indiana University, IN (2006)
M.S., North Carolina State University, NC (2000)
B.S., Averett University, VA (1996)

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Dr. Colby Jubenville
Professor
colby.jubenville@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2909
Office | Room 129, Murphy Center (MC)
Mail | MTSU Box 96, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Sport Management

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi (1999)
M.S., University of Southern Mississippi (1995)
B.A., Millsaps College, MS (1994)

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Dr. Dawn Shelar
Professor
victoria.shelar@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2723
Office | Room 200, Alumni Memorial Gym (AMG)
Mail | MTSU Box 96, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Outdoor Administration

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park (1988)
M.S., University of North Florida (1984)
B.S., University of Florida (1981)

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Undergraduate

The Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies program is a major leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a general core accredited through the Council on Accreditation: Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). Students may choose courses from tracks in recreation administration, outdoor recreation, sport studies, and tourism studies. Click here to see the upper division form.

The Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies program does not require a minor; however, possible choices include Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Communication Disorders, Driver and Traffic Safety Education, Health, Health and Physical Education, Health and Human Performance, or Recreation.

Graduate

The department also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a major in Leisure and Sport Management and two concentrations from which to choose: Recreation and Leisure Services and Sport Industry. A Ph.D. is available in Human Performance within which one can specialize in leisure studies.

Other degree programs offered by HHP

The Department of Health and Human Performance also offers undergraduate majors in Athletic Training; Exercise Science, Health Education with concentrations in Community and Public Health and Health Education and Lifetime Wellness; Physical Education; and Speech and Theatre with a concentration in Communication Disorders. 

Undergraduate minors include Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Communication Disorders, Driver and Traffic Safety Education, Health, Health and Physical Education, Health and Human Performance, and Recreation.

In addition, an M.S. is offered with a major in Health and Human Performance, which has two concentrations: Health and Physical Education.

Other specializations under the Ph.D. in Human Performance are exercise science, health, kinesmetrics, and physical education.

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program. 

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies Academic Map

Department of Health and Human Performance
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3Must earn C or higher Comm 2200 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3Must earn C or higher
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
LSTS 30103  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
LSTS 35203  LSTS 35303 
LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog
Minor or advised elective course3See advisor. Minor or advised elective course3See advisor
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16File UD and Intent to Graduate forms
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
LSTS 45403Offered fall only LSTS 33803 
LSTS 35603  LSTS 46603Offered spring only
LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog LSTS 45503Offered spring only
LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog LSTS 48903Complete major field test.*
LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog.
Minor or advised elective course1See advisor *Score counts toward internship grade.
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL15Secure internship by end of semester.
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog LSTS 4901, LSTS 4902, LSTS 4903, or LSTS 490412See advisor
LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog   
Minor or advised elective course3See advisor or catalog   
Minor or advised elective course3See advisor   
Minor or advised elective course3See advisor   
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3Must earn C or higher. MATH (Math)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1020 (Comm)3Must earn C or higher. COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  LSTS 35303 
LSTS 30103  LSTS 33803 
LSTS 35203  Minor or advised elective course3See advisor
Minor or advised elective course3See advisor LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12File UD and Intent to Graduate forms
JUNIOR SUMMER
LSTS 35603  LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog LSTS 45503Offered spring only
LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog LSTS track course 3See advisor or catalog
LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog
Minor or advised elective course3See advisor Minor or advised elective course3See advisor
Minor or advised elective course1See advisor LSTS 46603Offered spring only
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL15Secure internship by end of semester
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
LSTS 48903Take major field test.* LSTS 4901, LSTS 4902, LSTS 4903, or LSTS 490412See advisor
LSTS 45403Offered fall only    
LSTS track course3See advisor or catalog    
Minor or advised elective course3See advisor    
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
*NOTE: Score counts toward internship grade.    

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.

Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies

Course offerings by semester

LSTS 3000 - Leisure in Your Life
3 credit hours
Issues relative to choices an individual and society make when utilizing "free" time and resources. Increased understanding of the multibillion dollar leisure industry and its effect on our personal and collective lives.

LSTS 3010 - Introduction to Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies
3 credit hours
Development and basic concepts of the leisure, sport, and tourism studies profession. History, definitions, theories, and social psychological concepts as well career opportunities and areas of service delivery.

LSTS 3360 - Camping and Camp Counseling
3 credit hours
Emphasis on the camp counselor, including discussion of techniques and skills appropriate in various camp settings. Day-to-day management of residential, trip/travel, and special emphasis camps examined. Some off-campus experience.

LSTS 3370 - Principles of Outdoor Recreation
3 credit hours
Concepts, principles, and practices in various types of park, recreation, and tourism settings. Emphasis on overall and critical subsystems of the outdoor recreation management system primarily in public land settings.

LSTS 3371 - Principles of Interpretation and Resource Education
3 credit hours
The study of natural, cultural, and historical interpretation and resource education concepts, principles, and practices applicable to various types of recreation and leisure service settings. Emphasis on interpretation and resource education, why and how to interpret and educate about resources, as well as how to effectively manage interpretation and resource education in varied settings.

LSTS 3380 - Disabilities and Diversity in Leisure, Sport, and Touri
3 credit hours
Explores issues surrounding leisure, sport, and tourism opportunities for persons with disabilities. Introduces important issues such as attitudes, advocacy, accessibility, legislation, and the broad range of opportunities in the provision of leisure, sport, and tourism services for persons with disabilities in our society.

LSTS 3390 - Tourism and Commercial Recreation
3 credit hours
Introduces the broad sector of recreation and leisure services profession which focuses on delivery of leisure travel and tourism-based recreation services and programs. Particular emphasis placed upon understanding the relationship between commercial recreation organizations and historical, cultural, and natural resources.

LSTS 3520 - Leadership and Group Processes in Leisure, Sport, and T
3 credit hours
Conceptual and human relationship skills required of effective professionals. Emphasis on understanding group dynamics and processes associated with leading activities, programs, and personnel in leisure, sport, and tourism settings. Key component will be field application of skills.

LSTS 3530 - Program Planning in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism
3 credit hours
The understanding of participant leisure, sport, and tourism needs and ways organizations create services to respond to them.

LSTS 3540 - Planning of Park and Recreation Areas and Facilities
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: LSTS 3010. Planning principles, techniques, and standards as they relate to the construction of park and recreation areas and facilities.

LSTS 3560 - Field Studies in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: LSTS 3010 and LSTS 3530. Provides an opportunity for supervised practical application of classroom theory in professional leisure, sports, and tourism field work.

LSTS 3570 - Outdoor Pursuits Education
3 credit hours
Concentration on developing student's ability in adventure-based recreation and education. Emphasis placed on learning how to implement an outdoor pursuit experience for oneself and others. Both on- and off-campus experiences will be conducted and may involve day/overnight camping, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, caving, ropes courses, and orienteering.

LSTS 4110 - Youth Sport Programming and Administration
3 credit hours
Explores and examines youth sport history, philosophy, developmental stages of youth, administration and programming for youth, and current issues and events necessary to deliver youth sport activities within a variety of settings, agencies, and/or organizations. Addresses the various learning stages of youth sport and the impact these experiences can have on youth.

LSTS 4120 - Community Development through Leisure, Sport, and Touri
3 credit hours
Explores and utilizes sustainable practices to assess, develop, implement, and evaluate tourism’s potential contribution to, or detraction from, the quality of life for communities. Examines economic, environmental, socio-cultural, and political impacts on community tourism development within the community tourism development context.

LSTS 4130 - Sport Tourism
3 credit hours
Familiarizes students with the sport tourism industry through exploration of sport in global society, sport event planning;/execution/evaluation, spectatorship, the economic and political sport tourism landscape, and policy impacting, and impacted by, sport tourism.

LSTS 4140 - Wine Tourism
3 credit hours
Familiarizes students with how wine and tourism industry diverge, and indeed converge, across a range of economic, technical, cultural, geographic, and vocational factors.

LSTS 4470 - Leisure and Aging
3 credit hours
Aging relative to the individual, family, peers, and society with an emphasis on leisure. The holistic approach including physical, psychological, social, cultural, environmental, and cognitive aspects. Interdisciplinary approach makes this course ideal for the developing or practicing human service professional.

LSTS 4480 - Recreational Therapy Techniques
3 credit hours
Explores the many activity-based therapeutic interventions currently utilized to alleviate existing health-related problems, maintain current level of functioning, or to assist in overall rehabilitation efforts of the transdisciplinary treatment team.

LSTS 4490 - Campus Recreation
3 credit hours
For those wishing to acquire a specific and comprehensive knowledge of the recreational sports program and an understanding of its place and value in education and society.

LSTS 4499 - Therapeutic Terminology in Recreational Therapy
3 credit hours
Designed to provide students with an understanding of therapeutic terminology and the utilization of appropriate terminology for third party reimbursement, treatment teams, counseling, and medical documentation.

LSTS 4500 - Introduction to Recreational Therapy
3 credit hours
Explores the profession of recreational therapy, the wide range of disabilities, and the role of intervention in a variety of settings: clinical, community, and transitional. Topics include history, philosophy, professional development/certification, systemic program design, and implementation.

LSTS 4510 - Recreational Therapy in Clinical Settings
3 credit hours
Increases understanding of recreational therapy in clinical settings, working with persons with health-related issues and/or disability. Concepts of disease and disability, holistic approach, interdisciplinary treatment, assessment, intervention planning and implementation, evaluation, documentation, and third party reimbursement explored.

LSTS 4520 - Transitional and Community Recreational Therapy
3 credit hours
Addresses issues clients may face when leaving institutions and returning to their communities. Examines the role and provision of recreational therapy services in transitional and community-based settings.

LSTS 4540 - Organization and Administration of Leisure, Sport, and
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: LSTS 3010 and nine additional hours of leisure, sports, and tourism coursework. Provides an opportunity for understanding the duties and responsibilities of an administrator and for developing the ability to perform these in recreation and leisure settings.

LSTS 4550 - Business Applications in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism
3 credit hours
Explores the application of public relations, customer service, and marketing systems including procedures for developing marketing and budget plans for leisure, sport, and tourism services. Emphasizes public and customer relations, budgeting, and organizing and analyzing the marketing strategies in leisure service, sport, and tourism organizations.

LSTS 4570 - Outdoor Recreation Workshop
3 credit hours
An off-campus course that provides materials and experiences unobtainable in the traditional classroom. Exposure to issues, trends, and concerns relevant to outdoor recreation, resource management, and the delivery of programs and services in outdoor environments. Public, private non-profits, and commercial agencies will be experienced through a series of field trips, talks, groups exercises, and other experiential-based activities.

LSTS 4580 - Seminar: Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Issues
3 credit hours
Increases awareness of the importance of environmental considerations when planning, managing, or administering outdoor recreation programs. Includes environmental issues and methods of seeking solutions to environmental problems.

LSTS 4590 - Readings in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism
3 credit hours
In-depth reading; preparation of an annotated bibliography and report. Arrangements for course should be made with the instructor prior to registration.

LSTS 4660 - Evaluation of Leisure, Sport, and Tourism
3 credit hours
Research and evaluation procedures and techniques applicable to assessing leisure, sport, and tourism service programs, participants, administrative structures, and resources. Emphasis on beginning and completing a "real-world" evaluation project.

LSTS 4700 - Challenge Course Facilitation
3 credit hours
A systematic approach to the fundamentals of group management in an experiential ropes course setting. Focuses on both interpersonal and technical facilitation skills. Several on- and off-campus experiential, demonstration, and practical application sessions required.

LSTS 4790 - Sport and Society
3 credit hours
(Same as SOC 4790.) A behavioral approach to the sport and leisure phenomena from the related perspectives of sociology and anthropology.

LSTS 4850 - Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Leisure and Tourism
3 credit hours
An in-depth study of the leisure experience in other (non-U.S.) cultures through onsite observations; visits to cultural/historic sites; and interactions with managers and staff at selected parks, museums, attractions, and world heritage sites.

LSTS 4890 - Senior Seminar in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: LSTS 3010 and junior standing. Review of philosophy and professional ethics of leisure, sport, and tourism services. Self assessment of student's strengths, limitations, and career aspirations. Preparation of reference files, letters, and resumes. Identification of, application to, and acceptance by department-approved agencies for completion of internship. Pass/Fail.

LSTS 4900 - Internship in Therapeutic Recreation
12 credit hours
Prerequisites: Departmental approval; minimum 2.25 GPA; LSTS 3010, LSTS 3530, LSTS 3540, LSTS 4540, and LSTS 4890; additional prerequisites: LSTS 4500, LSTS 4510, and LSTS 4480 or LSTS 4520. Provides practical experience. Student assigned to a field experience to spend an entire semester or two summer sessions in on-the-job training with a recreational agency. Students will work or volunteer 40 hours per week with an agency for a minimum of 480 hours of contact time.

LSTS 4901 - Internship in Outdoor Recreation
12 credit hours
Prerequisites: Departmental approval; minimum 2.25 GPA; LSTS 3010, LSTS 3530, LSTS 3540, LSTS 4540, and LSTS 4890. Provides practical experience. Student assigned to a field experience to spend an entire semester or two summer sessions in on-the-job training with a recreational agency. Students will work or volunteer 40- hours per week with an agency for a minimum of 480 hours of contact time.

LSTS 4902 - Internship in Recreation Administration
12 credit hours
Prerequisites: Departmental approval; minimum 2.25 GPA; LSTS 3010, LSTS 3530, LSTS 3540, LSTS 4540, and LSTS 4890. Provides practical experience. Student assigned to a field experience to spend an entire semester or two summer sessions in on-the-job training with a recreational agency. Students will work or volunteer 40 hours per week with an agency for a minimum of 480 hours of contact time.

LSTS 4903 - Internship in Sport Studies
12 credit hours
Prerequisites: Departmental approval; senior standing; minimum 2.25 GPA; LSTS 3010, LSTS 3530, LSTS 4540, and LSTS 4890. Provides practical experience. Students assigned to a field experience to spend an entire semester or two summer sessions in on-the-job training with a sport agency. Students will work or volunteer 40 hours per week with an agency for a minimum of 480 hours of contact time.

LSTS 4904 - Internship in Tourism Studies
12 credit hours
Prerequisites: Departmental approval; senior standing; minimum 2.25 GPA; LSTS 3010, LSTS 3530, LSTS 3540, LSTS 4540, and LSTS 4890. Provides practical experience. Students assigned to a field experience to spend an entire semester or two summer sessions in on-the-job training with a tourism agency. Students will work or volunteer 40 hours per week with an agency for a minimum of 480 hours of contact time.

LSTS 4920 - Independent Study in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studie
1 to 3 credit hours
(Same as ATHT 4920/EXSC 4920/HLTH 4920/PHED 4920.) Independent study topics based on a study plan prepared in cooperation with a faculty supervisor. Culminates in a formal paper and/or comprehensive examination. Application forms must be completed and approved prior to enrollment. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward degree.

LSTS 4965 - Aquatic Exercise and Therapeutic Rehabilitation Techniq
3 credit hours
(Same as ATHT 4965/EXSC 4965.) Examines the various uses of the aquatic environment to develop, maintain, and improve physical performance with practical development of skills and techniques and aquatic exercise programming. Combines both didactic and laboratory activities in an experiential learning environment.

Mission Statement

The Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies (LSTS) program at Middle Tennessee State University is a nationally accredited academic program recognized by the Council on Accreditation: Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (since 1994). We fully embrace the 2007-2017 Academic Master Plan of Middle Tennessee State University and work diligently to meet the goals and objectives described therein. The LSTS faculty is committed to creating an atmosphere of shared responsibility, respect, and dignity through open and honest communication, which will facilitate teamwork and enhance service delivery to our students, the campus and the community. Every opportunity to enhance the diversity of the faculty, staff, and students will be pursued in order to create a stimulating environment indicative of the larger global community. Through mutual respect and realistic expectations, faculty and staff will work together to further the mission of the University. We continually develop and revise goals in each of the three primary areas recognized by MTSU: education; research, and service.    

Vision Statement

The vision of the Leisure, Sport, and Tourism program is to work collaboratively within the Department of Health and Human Performance and Middle Tennessee State University to strengthen our students individually and collectively. We will prepare students to face the future by being globally oriented and skillfully prepared for the new challenges our society faces in this millennium. 

Value Statement

The Leisure, Sport, and Tourism program is located in the Department of Health and Human Performance and embraces the following core values:

  • Healthy and active lifestyles
  • Community service
  • Fostering of diverse experiences
  • Collaborative atmosphere
  • Lifelong learning


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