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Recreation and Leisure Studies

College of Health and Human Services

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Recreation and Leisure Studies - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Recreation (code REC_BA01) (120 units)

Academic Program The curriculum is designed to prepare men and women for positions of supervision and administration in public recreation and parks, therapeutic recreation, outdoor education, voluntary youth and adult services, camp administration, special event planning and management, travel and tourism, commercial recreation, and armed forces recreation.

The curriculum includes courses selected to provide an understanding of human development, service management, and a variety of specialty areas within leisure service professions.

Departmental Policies

Each major student must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA on all units attempted and achieve a "C" or better in each course of the Recreation major to progress in the sequence of study. Students earning less than a “C” grade in a course required in the major must repeat that course.

Students wishing to substitute courses or deviate in any way from the Department requirements must submit a letter of request to the Department faculty. No more than six units of Recreation-prefix courses may be taken by contract. The Internship is "Letter grade only (A-F)." The Internship is taken the last semester before graduation. No other courses may be taken concurrently with the Internship.


Lower Division: REC 141, 225

Upper Division: REC 325, 341, 351, 421, 423, 425, 427, 431, 480, 498.

Additional Courses: Each major student is required to complete courses in the following groups: REC 100 or 300; Choose one from the following: HDEV 307I, 357I, or PSY 370I; Choose 15 units from the following: REC 321, 322, 324, 337, 340I, 371, 428, 430, 433, 451, 452, 454, 457, 458, 462, 465, 468, 469, 473, 490, 499. Choose 3 units from collaborative fields with advisor approval, such as CAFF, CDFS, CRIM, EDP, FCS, FCSE, FMD, FSCI, HFHM, KIN, NUTR, SW.

Minor In Recreation (code REC_UM01)

A minimum of 21 units approved by the departmental minor advisor which must include: REC 141, 225, 321, 340I, 351 and two of the following: REC 220, 322, 324, 337, 371, 428, 430, 431, 433, 462, 473, or 490 with consent of the advisor.

Certificate Programs

The certificate programs offered by the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies are available to both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students who already possess a baccalaureate degree and are enrolling in a certificate program, unless otherwise noted. Students pursuing an approved degree at CSULB may complete the certificate programs concurrently with their degree or subsequent to their degree by enrolling as a certificate student. Courses taken to meet the requirements of a certificate may also be used, where appropriate, to meet the General Education requirements or the degree requirements of cooperating departments. Extension and/or transfer credit may comprise no more than one-fourth of the course work used to meet baccalaureate certificate requirements. Students wishing to pursue a certificate should contact the department to schedule a meeting with the certificate advisor.

Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation (code REC_CT01)

Therapeutic recreation has been identified as one of the fastest growing fields of employment. Recreational therapists work in clinical and community settings using recreation as a tool to assist post-injury rehabilitation and to improve quality of life for people with disabilities. State and National Certification in therapeutic recreation is often required for employment in this field; the curriculum of this certificate program prepares students for the California Board of Recreation and Park Certification exam and for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam. A baccalaureate degree, which may be awarded concurrently, is required for completion of this certificate program.

Core requirements: REC 351, 451, 452, 454, 458, 498 and six-units of Advisor approved Recreation courses.

Additional courses: 18 to 19 units, which must be taken with approval from the certificate advisor. This includes an anatomy/physiology course (3 - 4 units); abnormal psychology (3 units); a human growth and development across the lifespan course (3 units); and upper division support courses (9 units) from any of the following areas: sociology, psychology, educational psychology, health science, adapted physical education, anthropology, biology, communication studies, family and consumer sciences, gerontology, human development, kinesiology/physical education, social work, and special education.

Recreation and Student Service Programs (code REC_CT05)

Campus Recreation and Student Services is a growing field in elementary, secondary and higher education, as it relates to the co-curricular programs offered in support of the educational program, both in public and private institutions. The Certificate enhances professional development in Student Services such as Student Activities, Student Leadership Development, Residential Life, Student Community Service Volunteer Programs, and Intramurals and Recreational Sports; and Campus Services such as Conferences, Scheduling, Event Planning, and Alumni Relations. For those looking to be Certified Recreation Sports Specialist through NIRSA the courses will prepare them for the certification examination.

Twenty-four (24) units of core requirements including: REC 321, 322, 324, 325, 421, 427, 485; and one (3 unit) evaluation course: REC 341 or equivalent. The remaining six (6) units are electives which must be taken with approval of the advisor of the certificate program. These may include REC, KIN, HDEV, or HRM courses.

Certificate in Management of Nonprofit and Volunteer Services (code REC_CT02)

Nonprofit organizations require trained professionals to meet the demanding need of managing effective organizations and programs. This certificate program prepares students for employment as managers of nonprofit organizations and volunteer services.

Core requirements: REC 325, 421, 425, 427/527, 428/528, 498.

Additional courses: 6 units of elective courses addressing youth development, communication skills, marketing, evaluation, or working with diverse populations which must be taken with approval of the advisor of the certificate program.

Certificate in Administration of Outdoor Recreation Resources (code REC_CT03)

Outdoor recreation includes both the provision of recreation programs in the outdoors and the management of the parks and public lands that serve as the settings for these recreation experiences. Recreation program management and land management are distinct fields that must work cooperatively. This certificate program prepares students for careers in these interrelated fields. The curriculum includes courses selected to provide an understanding of outdoor recreation behavior, outdoor education, resource management policies, and an introductory understanding of natural science.

Core Requirements: REC 427, 430, 431; REC 337 or SCED 401; REC 433, 485, or 499.

Additional courses: 9 units of elective courses from biology, geology, or geography which must be taken with approval of the advisor of the certificate program.

Certificate in Administration of Travel and Tourism (code REC_CT04)

Travel and tourism is a very large and growing field in which there are usually many opportunities for well-trained individuals. This certificate program provides instruction in the history and theoretical bases of tourism, including its economics, psychology, and sociology as well as the political and legal aspects. The fundamentals of business, food and food service technology, the performing arts, and resource management are themes throughout the program.

Core requirements: REC 462, 468; REC 485 or 498; FCS 270, GEOG 352.

Additional courses: 6 units of upper division courses listed in the University Catalog under the Regional category in the Department of Geography or 6 units of a foreign language; plus 3 additional upper division units selected in consultation with the advisor of the certificate program.