Academics & Admissions

Overview

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (RPT), in existence since 1946, offers the following degree programs:

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

The department offers an accredited Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration. This 51-unit experiential curriculum leads to a 400-hour, 12-unit, full-time internship at one of 400+ approved RPT organizations, with the majority of students being offered job positions as a result of this culminating experience.

Graduate

Master of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

The Master of Science in Recreation, Parks, & Tourism develops leaders in the RPT profession and prepares students for an advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D.). The hybrid (online and face-to-face) curriculum allows students to focus on their interest area within the field. 

GENERAL EDUCATION

In addition to providing a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, the RPT Department provides students with an opportunity to explore recreation, parks, and tourism through General Education (GE). Below are classes offered each semester that satisfy GE requirements, with a few courses satisfying both GE and RPT major requirements.

Course                        General Education Area

RPT 110                      A3 (Critical Thinking)
RPT 200                      D1 (Social Science)*
RPT 210                      C1 (Art)
RPT 230                      C3 (Literature)
RPT 380                      UD-D (Upper Division Social Science)*
RPT 440                      UD-D (Upper Division Social Science)*
RPT 605                      UD-D (Upper Division Social Science)*

*Courses with an asterisk also satisfy RPT major requirements.