The mission of the department is to assist in promoting the full potential for quality of life for the citizens of the region, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation. Thus, the faculty is committed to excellence in teaching, advising, scholarship, research and service. The Recreation, Parks, and Tourism degree is accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Fields. The department provides each student with opportunities, resources, and guidance to enhance the quality of life of individuals through effective leadership in tourism and special events, recreation therapy, and outdoor recreation. Toward this end, both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees are designed for the student who is seeking basic, pre-professional knowledge, understanding and experience toward a career in recreation, parks and tourism.