BS in Recreation Administration (Recreation and Park Management)

Units required for Major: 57-59

Program Description

The BS in Recreation Administration with a Concentration in Recreation and Park Management allows students flexibility in the selection of courses in the areas of:

  • Community Recreation Management. These courses focus on skills needed for working with public recreation and park agencies at the city, county, regional, and state levels (e.g., city or county Department of Parks and Recreation), special districts (e.g., East Bay Regional Park District) and/or non-profit agencies (e.g., after-school programs, programs for seniors, summer camps, etc.). Students who take courses in this area are being trained for positions that involve planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating comprehensive recreation programs in public and nonprofit settings.
  • Park and Recreation Resource Management. These courses focus on skills needed for working with agencies that provide opportunities for outdoor recreation (e.g., the Forest Service), agencies that manage natural resources (e.g., the National Park Service), and agencies that plan for and manage outdoor recreation experiences and resources (e.g., the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Planning Division). Students who take courses in this area are being trained for positions as park rangers and managers, interpreters of natural and cultural history, managers of visitors to parks, and outdoor recreation planners.
  • Commercial Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management. These courses focus on the basics of entrepreneurial businesses, and the skills needed for working with for-profit, commercial recreation agencies (e.g., resorts, hotels, cruise lines, event planners, and travel agencies). Students who take courses in this area are being trained for positions in enterprises which offer leisure services and/or products for a profit. Examples include clubs and spas, resorts, ski areas, theme parks, and the hospitality industry.

Note:

  • Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Administration: Recreation and Park Management/Recreation Therapy will not be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. Students who change major may be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement.
  • No more than 6 units of RPTA 198 and RPTA 199 in combination may be used to meet program requirements. No more than 3 units of RPTA 198 may be used to meet major requirements.
  • RPTA 100 and RPTA 122 may not be used to meet program requirements.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Grade of "C-" or better required in all courses applied to the major. 

Additional Graduation Requirement

Majors are required to compile and consistently maintain an assessment portfolio. The portfolio is a cumulative collection of individual assignments designed to demonstrate competency in specific areas such as written communication, oral communication, group interaction, research and analysis, and computer literacy. Each competency may be assessed at more than one level (e.g., beginning, advanced) and adequate opportunities for completion of all required demonstrations of competency are available within the required major coursework (as listed above). Additionally, opportunities for specific competency level demonstrations may be made available in supportive coursework within the major (e.g., RPTA 153, RPTA 182). In individual course-based assignments, learning outcomes, and competencies are assessed based upon specified criteria. Continuing instructor feedback and self-assessment exercises are intended to create a process that improves learning outcomes, as well as facilitates the student's ability to demonstrate those outcomes and competencies both before and after graduation.

It is the responsibility of the student, in consultation with their portfolio advisor, to maintain the portfolio and to insure that all requirements have been successfully completed prior to graduation. The completed portfolio is presented in RPTA 101 for Recreation and Park Management Concentration students, or RPTA 102 for Recreation Therapy Concentration students.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (10 Units)
RPTA 1Orientation to Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration1
RPTA 30Recreation, Parks and Tourism in Contemporary Society3
RPTA 32Leadership and Group Development3
RPTA 42Recreation and Parks: Natural, Cultural, and Heritage Resources3
Required Upper Division Courses (12 Units)
RPTA 105Management in Recreation, Parks and Tourism3
RPTA 106Introduction to Inclusive Recreation and Recreation Therapy3
RPTA 110Research and Evaluation in Recreation, Parks and Tourism3
RPTA 136Program and Event Planning in Recreation, Parks and Tourism3
Concentration Requirement (35-49 Units)
Select one of the following concentrations:35 - 49
Recreation Therapy
Recreation and Park Management
Total Units57-71

Concentration in Recreation and Park Management

RPTA 101Senior Seminar1
RPTA 160Legal and Budget Topics in RPTA3
RPTA 166Administration in Recreation, Parks and Tourism3
RPTA 183Marketing Recreation Services3
Select one of the following:10 - 12
Partial Internship: Recreation and Park Management
Partial Internship: Recreation and Park Management
or
Internship: Recreation and Park Management
Select any RPTA courses approved by major advisor from one of the three areas: commercial recreation, tourism, and hospitality management, community recreation management, and recreation resource management 115
Total Units35-37
1

At least 9 units must be at the upper division level. RPTA 100 or RPTA 122 may not be used to meet major requirements.