BS Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

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Program Learning Objectives

At the completion of this degree program, RPTA students will be able to:

  1. Think critically and creatively.
  2. Communicate effectively.
  3. Demonstrate their expertise in Recreation, Parks, Tourism and their associated industries in relation to the larger world of arts, sciences, and technology.
  4. Work productively as individuals and in groups.
  5. Use their knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution to society.
  6. Make reasoned decisions based on an understanding of ethics, a respect for diversity, and an awareness related to sustainability.
  7. Engage in lifelong learning.
  8. Demonstrate the following entry-level knowledge in the RPTA field: a) the nature and scope of the relevant park, recreation, tourism or related professions and their associated industries; b) techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in those industries; and c) the foundations of the profession in history, science, and philosophy (COAPRT Standard 7.01).
  9. Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity (COAPRT Standard 7.02).
  10. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions (COAPRT Standard 7.03).
  11. Demonstrate, through a comprehensive internship of not less than 400 clock hours and no fewer than 10 weeks, the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher levels in park, recreation, tourism, or related organizations (COAPRT Standard 7.04).

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

RPTA 101Introduction to Recreation, Parks and Tourism4
RPTA 110Orientation and College Success in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration1
RPTA 210Introduction to Program Design4
or RPTA 260 Recreational Sport Programming
RPTA 221Professionalism and Customer Service4
RPTA 257Leadership and Diverse Groups4
RPTA 313Sustainability in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism4
RPTA 342Risk Management for Recreation, Parks and Tourism4
RPTA 360Assessment and Evaluation of Recreation, Parks and Tourism4
RPTA 370Experiential Marketing Strategies for Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Services4
RPTA 405Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management4
RPTA 424Financing Recreation, Parks and Tourism Services4
RPTA 460Senior Project in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism4
RPTA 463Pre-Internship Seminar1
RPTA 465Internship6
Concentration or individualized course of study courses (see below)28
BUS 212Financial Accounting for Nonbusiness Majors4
BUS 346Principles of Marketing4
ECON 201Survey of Economics (D2) 14
or ECON 222 Macroeconomics
ENGL 310Corporate Communication4
JOUR 312Public Relations4
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B1) 1, 24
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 14
(See GE program requirements below.) 60
Free Electives12
Total units180

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.


MATH 116 and MATH 117 substitute.

Concentrations (Select one)

Individualized Course of Study

A minimum of 28 units of coursework are selected by the student and approved by the student's academic advisor.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 12 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy (4 units in Support) 10
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area FTechnology
F Upper-division elective4
Total units60

Required in Support; also satisfies GE