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Mission and Values

Mission Statement

The mission of the Recreation and Tourism Management Program at Georgia Southern University is to promote academic excellence and enhance student success in two distinct emphasis areas: Outdoor Recreation and Tourism & Community Leisure Services. This mission is accomplished through classroom instruction, stringent academic expectations, undergraduate research, and real-world application of gained knowledge. The Recreation and Tourism Management program has a long tradition of providing experiential education, including service-learning, that is responsive to the needs of a diverse industry.

Vision Statement

Preparing students to meet the recreation and leisure needs of diverse individuals, local communities, and visitors to the state of Georgia in a manner that promotes health and well-being, inclusion, and environmental sustainability.


The Recreation and Tourism Management Program strives to fulfill the University’s strategic pillars: student success; teaching and research; inclusive excellence; operational efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability; and community engagement. Our students have a demonstrated record of success, as reflected by internship performance and job placements. They are actively involved in field trips, practicums and other experiential learning opportunities, the University Honors Program, and faculty mentored undergraduate research. Our students frequently engage in service learning activities that foster both community engagement and inclusion (e.g. Arts Fest; National Public Lands Day; Scare on the Square). Several of our courses are also included in the Environmental Sustainability Concentration.

Last updated: 5/19/2023