Department & Faculty Information
Recreation (B.S.) 180 units
The Department of Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism prepares students graduate as leaders in the fields of hospitality, recreation management, recreation therapy, and tourism. Through experiential learning students apply their knowledge to seek and develop sustainable solutions that make a difference in the world. Experiences include course projects, event planning, tours, site visits, service learning, and internship experiences. The program supports the development of students’ leadership, communication, technical, data-driven decision-making, and critical thinking skills through immersion in industry relevant curriculum. Curriculum includes social justice, management, leadership, evaluation and research, event planning classes and more. Graduates of the program enjoy opportunities for career advancement, contribute to the quality of life of participants, interact with various cultures, and increase the positive impact of the recreation industry. They are employed at for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental organizations throughout California, the United States, and internationally.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a B.S. in Recreation from Cal State East Bay will be able to:
- Critical Thinking - Analyze and generate effective, sustainable solutions based on evidence and technology and provide relevant references.
- Leadership - Demonstrate significant knowledge of effective leadership and teamwork strategies, management skills and evaluation of service quality and consumer needs through investigation and practical experience.
- Professional Knowledge - Articulate clearly (speak and write) ethical, philosophical, historical and current practices and administrative foundations of the profession.
- Social Justice - Demonstrate techniques that contribute to a culture of dignity and respect in the workplace.
- Aquatic Management
- Camp Management
- Campus Recreation
- Correctional Facilities
- Cultural Arts Management
- Event Planning
- Golf Course Management
- Health and Wellness Centers
- High Adventure Programs
- Mental Health Facilities
- Military Recreation
- Nonprofit Management
- Outdoor Recreation Management
- Park Management
- Recreation Therapy
- Recovery Treatment Center
- Recreation Management
- Rehabilitation Centers
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Sports Management
- Senior Services
- Sustainable Management
- Venue Management
- Wedding Planning
- Youth Development
The department’s programs are student-centered and specifically designed for both on campus and online students. Our courses are offered in three formats:
We are dedicated to assisting you with realizing your dreams even if you work fulltime. Our educated, experienced and passionate faculty and staff members will work together to advise you so that you can meet all requirements in the most efficient manner. We have excellent industry contacts and can help connect you with professional part-time jobs to build your resume while in school.
Major Requirements (B.S.) 95-102 units
The B.S. degree requires a total of 180 units.
- The core major consists of 40 units;
- the Recreation Management Option consists of 62 units;
- the Recreation Therapy Option consists of 55 units.
- GE/USHG/UWS consists of 84 units (some courses may double-count units - see your advisor).
- Free Electives (if any) will make up the remainder units to reach 180 minimum total units (see your advisor).
Note: Consult an advisor in your major department for clarification and interpretation of your major requirements. Some courses require prerequisites.
Lower Division Core (10 units)
Hospitality and Tourism B.S. degree and the Recreation B.S. degree share the same lower division core requirements:
Upper Division Core (30 units)
Hospitality and Tourism B.S. degree and the Recreation B.S. degree share the same upper division core requirements:
Recreation B.S. students are required to choose an option to complete the degree:
Recreation Management Option (62 units)
The Recreation Management Option prepares students for management and leadership professional positions in public settings where increasing the quality of life through people, parks and programs is the main objective. Jobs include program directors and coordinators for sports, after -school, seniors, youth development, aquatics, adult services, preschool and teens. Many of our graduates are upper management leaders in East Bay leisure services organizations including Concord, Livermore, Oakland, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and East Bay Regional Parks (a small sample).
Job duties are varied and are focused on providing quality of life services in municipal, special districts, county, state and national park and recreation organizations. Many majors also work in the non-profit sector for YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and other youth organizations. Emerging opportunities with active senior living organizations owned and managed by hospitality leaders like Marriott and Hilton offer the chance to increase the quality of life of our aging population.
Forty-six (46) units required:
Choose 16 units of elective courses:
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Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements
In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described throughout this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.