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2016-2017 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2016-2017 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Recreation, Recreation Therapy Option, B.S.

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Recreation (B.S.) 180 units

Program Description

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.
Career Possibilities
  • 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:

  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • On ground

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:

Option Requirements

Recreation B.S. students are required to choose an option to complete the degree:

Recreation Therapy Option (55 units)

The Recreation Therapy option is designed to prepare students to work as allied health professionals with people who have special needs in clinical, residential, and community-based agencies. This option is specifically designed to meet the standards developed by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and the California Board of Recreation and Park Certification. Successfully completing this curriculum will provide students with knowledge competencies necessary to qualify for both the National and State Therapeutic Recreation Certification Exams. Our program is accredited by the California Board of Recreation and Park Certification.

Many graduates of this option are leaders in Recreation Therapy in the San Francisco Bay Area. They work in rehabilitation hospitals, drug treatment programs, mental health clinics and inpatient programs, state hospitals, long term care facilities, prisons and schools to name just a few.

Course Descriptions

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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 in the Undergraduate Admission and Degree Information & FAQ  chapter in the front of 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.

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