BS in Recreation Administration (Recreation Therapy)

Units required for Major: 70-71

Program Description

The BA in Recreation Administration with a Concentration in Recreation Therapy focuses on recreation services for individuals who are ill, disabled, elderly, or incarcerated. It can be applied in clinical, transitional, and community based settings. Emphasis is on therapeutic recreation as it applies to children and adults who are physically, mentally, socially, and/or emotionally challenged.


  • 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 Therapy 

Required Recreation Therapy Courses (30-31 Units)
RPTA 102Recreation Therapy Professional Practice1
RPTA 115Recreation Therapy Assessment and Documentation3
RPTA 116Recreation Therapy Principles and Practices and the Recreation Therapy Process3
RPTA 117Recreation Therapy and Contemporary Aspects of Disability3
RPTA 118Recreation Therapy Facilitation Techniques3
RPTA 119Recreation Therapy Management and Advancement of the Profession3
RPTA 195DRecreation Therapy Internship14 - 15
Recreation Therapy Non-RPTA Supportive Coursework (18 Units)
Select 18 units 118
Total Units48-49

Supportive coursework units selected in consultation with a major advisor, including at least 3 units each in

  1. Abnormal Psychology, Life span Human Development, and Human Anatomy/Human Physiology;
  2. 9 units of Human Service Classes, as defined by NCTRC.

Advisor approval required to assure compliance with certification requirements.