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Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
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Degrees and Certificate Programs

The curriculum includes courses selected to provide an understanding of the role recreation and community services play in people's lives, management of recreation services, and a variety of specialty areas within recreation professions.

Bachelor of Arts in Recreation

The undergraduate major in Recreation includes:

  • 9 units of lower division required core courses
  • 27 units of upper division required core courses, comprised of 9 units of recreation common core and 18 units of core recreation management courses
  • 15  units of concentration area courses (addressing one of the following:  Community Recreation, Tourism Management, Parks and Outdoor Recreation Resource Management, Campus Recreation and Student Services)
  • 6 units of internship placement in a recreation service agency requiring a minimum of 400 hours

A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of a minimum of 120 units for the units, consisting of major requirements, university General Education requirements, and elective units.

The undergraduate curriculum is designed to prepare men and women for positions of supervision and administration in public recreation and parks, therapeutic recreation, outdoor recreation and resource management, camp administration, voluntary youth and adult services, travel and tourism, and commercial recreation. See Career Choices for more information on career opportunities in recreation services.

Bachelor of Arts in Recreation – Option in Recreation Therapy

The undergraduate major in Recreation – Option in Recreation Therapy includes:

  • 10 units of lower division required core courses
  • 38 units of upper division required core courses, comprised of 9 units of recreation common core, and 21 units of  recreation therapy core courses
  • 9 units of elective courses completed with advisor approval
  • 6 units of internship placement in a recreation service agency requiring a minimum of 560 hours

A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of a minimum of 120 units for the units, consisting of major requirements, university General Education requirements, and elective units.

State and National Certification in recreation therapy is often required for employment in this field; the curriculum of this option prepares students for the California Board of Recreation and Park Certification exam and for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam.  See Career Choices for more information on career opportunities in recreation therapy.

Certificate Program

Post baccalaureate Certificate Program in Recreation Therapy

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies offers a post-baccalaureate certificate program in Recreation Therapy that can be completed subsequent to earning a bachelor’s degree.  Students may pursue the certificate as a 'stand-alone' program and it prepares students for gainful employment in a "recognized occupation." The U.S. Department of Labor Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for Therapeutic Recreation is 29-1125. To find out additional information about this professional field, please visit www.onetonline.org and search the SOC code of 29-1125 to read the occupational profile for Therapeutic Recreation.

Minor in Recreation

Minor in Event Planning Management

Master of Science in Recreation Administration

Graduate study in Recreation Administration prepares students for advanced careers in the field of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.  Through a combination of online and traditional classroom instruction, students will explore the theoretical foundations of the field while developing the administrative and management skills needed to become managers of private, commercial, and public recreation agencies. Students may also focus on research design and methodology in preparation for a researched-based position and/or doctoral studies.

To apply please visit the CSU Mentor