History

Temple University has a long and distinguished record of professional preparation for the fields of recreation, sport, tourism, and hospitality. As early as 1908, Temple offered courses in playground supervision through its Physical Education program. By the 1950′s, Temple was offering programs in recreation education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

In 1973, a curriculum in Recreation and Leisure Studies was established. With the creation of a new College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in 1974, a new Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies was formed. By the 1980′s, the department had expanded its offerings to include courses in recreation, leisure studies, campus recreation, tourism, and commercial recreation.

In 1991, the Department merged with the existing program in Sports Administration to form a new Department of Sport Management and Leisure Studies, offering an undergraduate degree in Sport and Recreation Management, and a graduate degree in Sport and Recreation Administration.

In 1998, Temple University established a new School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. The new School offers four degree programs: a B.S. in Tourism and Hospitality Management, a B.S. in Sport and Recreation Management, an M.T.H.M. (Master of Tourism and Hospitality Management), and an M.Ed. in Sport and Recreation Administration. In 2011, the School revised it’s M.Ed. in Sport and Recreation Administration to a Master of Science (MS) in Sport Business. In addition, the School offers the tourism emphasis for the Ph.D. degree in Business Administration offered in The Fox School of Business and Management.

In 2016, Temple University’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the school’s motion for rebranding as the School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management. [Read More]