More Than 100 Million Jobs Worldwide in Diverse Industries

$4.5 Trillion
Health and Wellness
$2.9 Trillion
Travel and Tourism
$2 Trillion
Parks and Recreation

Our interdisciplinary department merges both Recreation, Parks & Tourism (RPT) and Holistic Health (HH) Studies to provide an array of benefits for students and faculty at all levels. Our diverse range of connections encourage new innovative approaches for students to explore vibrant career paths in the $4.5 trillion health and wellness$2.9 trillion travel and tourism, and approximately $2 trillion parks and recreation industries. 

  • 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)

Mission, Vision, Purpose and History


To advance the fields of recreation, parks, tourism and holistic health through transformative education, scholarship and service for the next generation of leaders.


A world where wellness and leisure permeates all facets of life.


Create experiences and lifestyles that heal, engage and educate. 

Department History and Background

The Recreation, Parks & Tourism (RPT) Department in SF State’s College of Health & Social Sciences, in existence since 1946, has established a reputation for excellence. From distinguished faculty with extensive experience in teaching, research, and service, to a dynamic curriculum based on comprehensive feedback from students, alumni, current trends, and an advisory board of RPT professionals, students acquire the knowledge and skills to: 

Engineer Experiences that Engage, Empower and Educate.


Recreation, Parks & Tourism (RPT) Accreditation

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.

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