George Mason University

Sports, Recreation and Tourism

Academics

If you aspire to work in a luxury hotel in an exotic destination, in a professional sport franchise, in a community recreation program, or in schools as a physical education teacher or coach, we've got you covered.  The management focus in this career path takes you behind the scenes into the business of sport, recreation, hospitality, and tourism. You'll be serving others while enjoying your career.

Abigail Soils helps out the Redskins Football Team in warm-ups

Redskins intern Abigail Solis is in her sixth internship, including three at area high schools.

Intern Gets Pro Experience with an NFL Team

What surprised senior athletic training major Abigail Solis most about her internship as an athletic trainer with the NFL’s Washington Redskins was how the players seemed so down to earth.

They asked Solis where they should vacation and what she thinks about singer Taylor Swift. “It’s different from seeing them on TV,” she said. “They’re normal people.”

Solis is believed to be the Redskins’ first female athletic training academic intern and will work home games in the pre- and regular seasons.

Not a bad way to finish her final semester before graduating in December 2016.

It’s also “a huge step for the profession,” said Associate Professor Amanda Caswell, coordinator of the Athletic Training Education Program in Mason’s School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism. “It’s an opportunity to place a student who is going to pave the way for future female athletic training students.”

Solis has done a little bit of everything, said Doug Quon, the Redskins’ assistant athletic trainer. She helped set up the treatment room, stretched players before and after practice and did pre-practice taping.

“I thought it was going to be, like, ‘You can’t treat that player,’ ” Solis said. “But it’s not that way.”

“She’s done a great job,” Quon said. “She’s maintained a professional image and demeanor and gained the trust of the players.”

  • Athletic Training, BS

    Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. An athletic trainer is a highly educated and skilled allied health care professional who specializes in caring for physically active individuals in a variety of settings. These settings may include secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports, hospitals, and industry.

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  • Coaching, Minor

    This 18-credit minor is available to all Mason undergraduate students. This program of study is offered by the College of Education and Human Development, specifically the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism.

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  • Event Technical Production, Minor

    This 15-credit minor offers students the opportunity to study special event management and event technologies, design and production for installations and special events. Students gain insights into industry standards and practices regarding planning, managing, and executing live events and presentations. It’s offered by the College of Education and Human Development (School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism) and the College of Visual and Performing Arts (School of Theater).

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  • Events Management, Concentration in Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management, BS

    Built on the cornerstones of resort management, environmental tourism, events management, and cultural and heritage tourism, courses equip students with knowledge, skills, and experience in managing the tourism experience for the benefit of the traveler, host, and supporting industry. Graduates are employed in commercial, private, and public agencies, and in a variety of jobs and many geographic or business settings. A minor is available.

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  • Exercise, Fitness and Health Promotion, MS

    The program focuses on the role of physical activity in the promotion of health, fitness and quality of life. The degree promotes scholarly inquiry and cultivates “research-savvy practitioners,” that is professionals able to understand and apply evidence-based scientific principles when working with physically active individuals. Completion of the degree prepares individuals for employment in wellness, health and human performance-related professions or the pursuit of further academic study.

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  • Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources BS

    This program allows students to specialize in one of three concentrations: Parks and Outdoor Recreation; Sport Management; and Therapeutic Recreation, which explore how recreation contributes to public well-being and quality of life. Graduates are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, commercial operations, schools, clinical and community settings, and senior and adult health care.

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  • Hospitality Management, Concentration in Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management, BS

    This Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management program equips students with knowledge, skills, and experience in managing the tourism experience for the benefit of the traveler, host, and supporting industry. This has been designated a Green Leaf program.  This has been designated a Green Leaf program.

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  • Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management, BS

    The Hospitality major prepares students to enter a diverse profession in the world’s third-largest industry. Built on the curricula cornerstones of resort management, environmental tourism, events management, and cultural and heritage tourism, courses equip students with knowledge, skills, and experience in managing the tourism experience for the benefit of the traveler, host, and supporting industry.  A minor is available.

     

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  • International Sport Management, Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit graduate certificate program in International Sport Management offers students the opportunity to study the managerial aspects of international sport enterprises.  Theoretically grounded sport management skills will be examined and applied within the global context of the sport industry. Courses include the social psychology of sport and sport in the global marketplace.

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  • Kinesiology, BS

    The bachelor’s degree in kinesiology is a science-based approach to the study of human movement. It prepares students for a careers in such areas as clinical exercise, coaching, corporate fitness, exercise and sport psychology, medical and exercise equipment sales, mind-body studies, pharmaceutical sales, personal training, sport and exercise nutrition, sport science, or wellness/fitness management. Three internship experiences totaling 700 hours provide students with the opportunity to apply evidence-based knowledge and its practical application in general fitness, clinical and sports performance settings.

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  • Kinesiology, Minor

    Students are taught to apply the scientific method of discovery, analysis, and research to the study of human movement. This is a 17-credit minor, of which Functional Anatomy, Principles of Health-Related Fitness and Exercise Physiology I are required courses.

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  • Outdoor Recreation and Experiential Leadership, Undergraduate Certificate

    This 25-credit certificate program provides students who are pursuing or have previously earned an undergraduate degree the opportunity to develop specialized skills unique to a variety of outdoor adventure and experiential activities, such as backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and challenge-course facilitation. Course work focuses on the acquisition of technical skills and application of theory-to-experiential learning in an outdoor recreation curriculum. The program provides options to attain certification as low and high element facilitators and Wilderness First Responders. Students completing the certificate requirements will be fully prepared to work as challenge course facilitators, work as instructors at Outdoor Education/Adventure Education organizations, and effectively integrate outdoor experiential programs with existing educational curricula.

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  • Parks and Outdoor Recreation - Concentration in Recreation Management, BS

    This career-ready concentration explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life. The curriculum includes courses in leadership and administration, natural resources management, outdoor recreation programming, and environmental education. The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. Graduates are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations. Students complete supervised internships in professional settings.

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  • Physical Education, BSEd

    The Health and Physical Education program prepares students for licensure to teach health and physical education at the elementary, middle and high school grades. The program is accredited by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The curriculum is research-based and stresses teaching standards established by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education. It emphasizes student learning in physical education. Central to the program is its school-based field experiences in which supervised majors teach various grades in schools.
     

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  • Recreation Management, Concentration in Parks and Outdoor Recreation, BS

    The Parks and Outdoor Recreation concentration (within Recreation Management) explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life. The curriculum includes courses in natural resources management, outdoor recreation programming, and environmental education, and students complete both a supervised practicum and internship in professional settings. Graduates are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations.

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  • Recreation Management, Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation, BS

    The Therapeutic Recreation concentration (within Recreation Management) teaches a holistic approach to the treatment for people with disabilities across the lifespan. Coursework includes therapeutic recreation foundation, issues, processes, programming and assessment, and an internship supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. The program prepares students to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam and become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Fieldwork, internship, and employment opportunities abound in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and across the United States. Graduates implement activities as tools for intervention and rehabilitation to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities in a variety of clinical and community settings, finding employment in clinical and community settings, senior and adult health care, non-profit organizations, and schools.

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  • Recreation Management, Minor

    This 18-credit minor (including a practicum) is available to all Mason undergraduate students, with the exception of those enrolled in the Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, BS a concentration in either Parks and Outdoor Recreation or Therapeutic Recreation. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

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  • Sport Coaching, Graduate Certificate

    Students in this program prepare for a career in coaching.  They learn advanced skills that can be used for a variety of coaching situations. The courses include the psychology of coaching and legal issues in sport.

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  • Sport Communication, Minor

    The minor in Sport Communication offers students the opportunity to examine important and timely sports-related issues in an ethical context as well as analyze sports from cross-cultural perspectives. Students will gain an understanding of sport mass media, sport communication, sports reporting, interpersonal and organizational communication, and the impact each has in our global society. The courses cover theory and practice in cross-platform communication, sports ethics and theoretical underpinnings, public relations, and marketing. The minor provides applied fundamentals for students seeking employment in the commercial world of sports (areas such as management or promotion of athletic organizations) and in sports media.

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  • Sport Management, Concentration in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, BS

    This concentration prepares students to assume entry-level managerial positions in the $300 billion sport industry, including private enterprises, government or public employment sectors, nonprofit or voluntary agencies, and commercial sport ventures. Preparation in sport marketing, finance, ethics, law, operations, planning, and program leadership fosters the skills that enhance students’ acquisition and advancement in sport management careers. An integral part of the program is the opportunity to complete two field experiences in sport organizations.

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  • Sport Management, Minor

    Mason’s Sport Management minor focuses on the preparation of professionals qualified to operate sport organizations, including private enterprises, government or public employment settings, non-profit or voluntary agencies, and commercial ventures. Coursework includes introductory studies, as well as the economics, finance, and governance of sport organizations, along with multiple elective topics including law, ethics, and global perspectives. Professional preparation develops capable sport management specialists able to apply creative communication, leadership, and managerial skills in an array of positions in the sports industry, including sales, marketing, public relations, operations, facilities, and event management.

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  • Sport and American Culture, Minor

    The Sport and American Culture interdisciplinary minor is offered jointly by the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism and the Department of History and Art History. Coursework includes a core requirement of sports history, culture, and society, with additional electives in sport-specific management and topics in history. The strong analytical skills and historical background developed while earning this minor contribute to student success in a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate education. 

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  • Sport and Computer Game Design, Minor

    The Sport and Computer Game Design minor offers students the opportunity to study the rapid expansion in the sale, design, and production of sport-related games around the world. Students will gain insights into the video game industry, with a particular emphasis on sports products. The required courses in this minor provide students with a foundational overview of the sports industry, sport management, and computer game design. Students can complement that knowledge with an assortment of specific courses in these disciplines that meet their individual interests. The program prepares students for employment and further study in the evolving field of sports computer game design and development.

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  • Sport and Recreation Studies, Accelerated MS

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a Bachelor's degree in any area and an MS in Sport and Recreation Studies within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Sport and Recreation Studies, MS

    The MS in Sport and Recreation Studies meets the growing need for professionals and academics in the areas of recreation administration, sport and leisure studies, and sport management. This degree prepares students as professionals who will more adequately serve the industry and their communities, and students who wish to pursue advanced study through doctoral programs in these disciplinary areas, leading to employment and contributions in academe. Students choose from three concentrations: Recreation Administration, Sport and Leisure Studies, and Sport Management. This program offers a traditional research masters’ thesis option or an applied research project linked to a professional setting or internship.

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  • Therapeutic Recreation - Concentration in Recreation Management, BS

    The Therapeutic Recreation concentration within Recreation Management teaches a holistic approach to the treatment for people with disabilities across the lifespan. Course work includes therapeutic recreation foundation, issues, processes, programming and assessment, and an internship supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Graduates implement activities as tools for intervention and rehabilitation to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities in a variety of clinical and community settings, finding employment in clinical and community settings, senior and adult health care, non-profit organizations, and schools.

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  • Tourism Management, Concentration in Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management, BS

    Tourism and Events Management is built on scholarship and research excellence, and delivers one of the most dynamic, cutting-edge professional preparation curriculums in the country. Students can pursue studies in one of three concentrations. Events Management Planning is the implementation and evaluation of events ranging from social gatherings such as weddings to major conferences, festivals and mega-events. Hospitality Management and Planning focuses on the operation of and sales pertaining to hotels, resorts and restaurants. Tourism Management and Planning looks at the presentation and interpretation of cultural sites, built environments and public spaces for sustainable tourism purposes. Students also develop understanding and skills in policy, administration, planning, programming, marketing, finance, and leadership. All students complete two fieldwork experiences: a practicum and an internship.

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  • Tourism and Events Management, Minor

    This 15-credit minor is available to all Mason undergraduate students, with the exception of those enrolled in the BS in Tourism and Events Management degree program. Eight credits must be unique to the minor.

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