BS in Recreation Administration (Recreation and Park Management)

Units required for Major: 57-59
Total units required for BS: 120

Program Description

The BS in Recreation Administration with a Concentration in Recreation and Park Management allows students flexibility in the selection of courses related to department certificate programs in:

  • Community Recreation Management and Non-Profit Administration. 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, fundraising events, 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.
  • Natural Resource, Experiential Education, and Outdoor Recreation. 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.
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management, Commercial Recreation, and Event Planning. These courses focus on the basics of entrepreneurial businesses, and the skills needed for working with for-profit, commercial recreation and experience industry agencies (e.g., resorts, hotels, conference and meeting facilities, cruise lines, event planners, destination marketing agencies, 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 are 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 21RPTA 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. 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.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (16 Units)
RPTA 1Orientation to Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration1
RPTA 30Recreation, Parks and Tourism in Contemporary Society3
RPTA 32Leadership and Group Development 13
RPTA 42Recreation and Parks: Natural, Cultural, and Heritage Resources3
RPTA 62Introduction to Recreation Law3
Select one of the following:3
Budgeting for Recreation Services
Cost Management for Hospitality
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 (29-31 Units)
Select one of the following concentrations:29 - 31
Recreation Therapy
Recreation and Park Management
Total Units57-59

Concentration in Recreation and Park Management

RPTA 101Senior Seminar1
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. Students are encouraged to select courses that complete at least one of the department certificate programs. 115
Race, Class Gender and Leisure 2
The Outdoor Recreation Experience
Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism
Grant Writing for Leisure Organizations
RPTA 121
Recreation Services for Diverse, Underserved and Underrepresented Populations
Youth Development in Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Community Sport Programming
Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR): Military Recreation Services
Campus Recreation
Community Organization
Conference and Meeting Planning
Experiential Education in Outdoor Recreation Settings
Developing and Programming Adventure Experiences
Ecology Of Resource Areas
Visitor Management in Recreation Areas
Law Enforcement for Forest and Park Rangers
Environmental Interpretation
Management of Recreation Facilities
Leadership and Fundraising for Non-profit Organizations
Volunteer Management in Recreation, Parks and Tourism
Administration in Recreation, Parks and Tourism
Professional Organization Leadership
Foundations of Commercial Recreation
Travel And Tourism
Hospitality Administration
Advanced Seminar in Commercial Recreation Administration
California Wine and Agri-Tourism
Revenue Management for Hospitality
Total Units29-31

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (9-12 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course 20 - 3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development
Area E Course 30
Total Units43-46

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI)3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (6 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 20