Recreation, parks, tourism and holistic health programs are leaders in improving the overall health and wellness of the nation and significant economic contributors. The $4.5 trillion health and wellness, $2.9 trillion travel and tourism, and approximately $1 trillion outdoor recreation industries are interconnected an include:

  • Parks & and outdoor recreation (national parks, hiking, camping)
  • Complementary medicine (traditional healing arts, botanicals)
  • Workplace and community wellness (campus, city, and corporate recreation)
  • Adventure, special event, wellness, eco and leisure tourism
  • Mind-body healing (meditation, biofeedback, stress management)

The above sectors generate over 100 million jobs worldwide and are critical to the local and global economy and quality of life. Through our major, minors, certificates and classes, students are finding vibrant career paths that are directly responsible for facilitating the happiness and well-being of individuals, the community, and society. 

Recreation, Parks & Tourism Program

  • Vision - A world where leisure permeates all facets of life.
  • Mission - To advance and advocate for the recreation, parks and tourism field through transformative education, scholarship, and service.
  • Purpose - Engineer Experiences that Engage, Empower, and Educate.

The experiential curriculum focuses on the following nine competencies:

  • Communication  (verbal/nonverbal, visual, written, virtual)
  • Foundations  (concepts & philosophy, history, science)
  • Information Technology  (application, research, reporting)
  • Leadership  (ethics, intrapersonal, interpersonal)
  • Management & Administration  (finance, human capital, structures)
  • Programming  (plan, implementation, evaluation)
  • Profession & Industry  (nature & scope, principles & practices, trends & issues)
  • Sustainability  (economic, environment, equity)
  • Wellness  (dimensions, applications, assessment/evaluation)
The experiential curriculum is based on the following:
  • National accreditation standards, current trends, and research
  • Comprehensive feedback from students, alumni, and an advisory board of RPT professionals
  • Distinguished faculty with extensive knowledge and experience in teaching, research, and service
  • The diversity and vitality of the San Francisco Bay Area as a hands-on classroom and living laboratory
  • Current and relevant content in the areas of for-profit, non-profit, and public recreation; local, state, and national parks; and domestic and international tourism.

The overall purpose of the curriculum is to prepare students to . . .  Engineer Experiences that Engage, Empower, and Educate

The Recreation, Parks & Tourism (RPT) undergraduate program was first accredited in 1990 and has been continuously accredited since then.  Most recently the program was re-accredited by Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COARPT) on October 31, 2015.  Since this accreditation, the department is required to adhere to a revised set of COARPT standards.  The RPT Department has made significant progress since the last reaccreditation towards meeting the new standards. Under the current COAPRT accreditation requirements, standard 2.05.05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcome assessments.  Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2017-2018) are posted below.

Important Information Regarding Degree Mills

Please watch this important video (https://www.chea.org/degree-accreditation-mills-video) regarding degree and accreditation mills.  According to CHEA, "Degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school. Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. “Accreditation” from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institution. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a useable credential."  Read more on CHEA's website (https://www.chea.org/degree-accreditation-mills).

Evidence of Program Quality and Student Achievement

The following section presents evidence of the quality of the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism undergraduate degree program and indicators of student achievement of program learning outcomes.