Parks and Protected Area Management (Minor)

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As the Southwest continues to develop and urbanize, the demands and pressures on public lands and natural resources continue to grow, and the interplay between society and natural resources is key to understanding modernity and continues to be at the center of policy issues and quality of life debates in the West.

The minor program in parks and protected area management introduces students to the role of parks and protected areas, with a focus on the unique issues faced by managers of urban-proximate natural areas.

The minor allows students enrolled in other undergraduate programs at ASU to broaden their educational experiences; students from such various disciplines as business, education, nursing, public affairs, social work and many others might find this program a beneficial supplement to their existing program.

Students interested in this parks and protected area management minor may also be interested in therapeutic recreation, available through the parks and recreation management program.

Program Offered

Parks and Protected Area Management (Minor)

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


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Program Requirements

Completion of a parks and protected area management minor in the School of Community Resources and Development requires the following:
Required Core Courses -- 12 credit hours
Elective Course (choose one) -- 3 credit hours
1. 15 hours of graded classroom course work (no internship, no independent study)
2. 12 hours of course work at the upper-division level, from the approved list
3. minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) required for all classes in the minor
4. no double counting of courses for a major and the minor
5. minimum GPA of 2.00 for those pursuing the minor, a major or premajor, other than a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation management.
6. should be a junior to take 400-level courses
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.