Academics & Admissions


The Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism (RPT) and Holistic Health Studies offers the following degree and certificate programs:


Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration

The department offers an accredited Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks & 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.


Minor in Holistic Health Studies

A 22-unit minor in Holistic Health Studies is an excellent complement to the RPT and other SFSU majors. Holistic Health Studies includes Lower and Upper Division breadth requirements for Natural Science (UD-B), Humanities (UD-C) and Social Science (UD-D). Holistic Health courses count towards minor and general education requirements. An additional benefit of adding a minor is that it appears on your diploma.

Minor in Recreation

A 15-unit minor in Recreation is available. If provides foundations, history, philosophy, and science of recreation, parks, and tourism.


Certificate in Holistic Health Studies

The 30-unit certificate in Holistic Health Studies is available to all degree-seeking students, as well as Open University students through the College of Extended Learning. International students seeking the Holistic Health Studies certificate would qualify for an F1 visa. (link when available to certificate page)

Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Youth Services

The Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism offers a 24 unit Certificate in Youth and Human Services Nonprofit Administration. Nonprofit agencies play an important role in the development and well-being of individuals and communities. To help meet the growing need for qualified leadership in today’s nonprofit organizations, the certificate program inspires and prepares undergraduates for entry-level professional positions in the nonprofit sector. Interested students take courses within a broad-based curriculum designed to develop leadership and management skills in nonprofit organizations. Students are required to consult with the certificate campus advisor to determine coursework and field experience requirement.


RPT GE Courses

Course                Title & General Education Area

Lower Division
RPT 110       Critical Thinking and the Leisure Experience [A3]
RPT 200       Foundations of Recreation, Parks and Tourism [D1] *
RPT 205       Adventure Travel [D1]*
RPT 210       Growth Through Art and Leisure [C1]*
RPT 230       Growth Through Adventure [C2 C3]*
RPT 240       Leisure and Society [D1]
RPT 280       Developmental Play Processes [D1]*

Upper Division                 
RPT 440        Urban Recreation and Parks [D1]*
RPT 605        Ecotourism Principles and Practices [D1]*        
*Courses with an asterisk also satisfy RPT major requirements.


Lower Division
HH 200         Holistic Approach to Academic Success [Area D1]
HH 205         Relaxation and Stress Reduction [Area D1]
HH 210         The Tao of Well Being in Chinese Tradition [Area C2]

Upper Division
Core Courses (choose 3 for minor or certificate)
HH 380         Holistic Health: Western Perspectives [Area B]
HH 381         Holistic Health: Eastern Perspectives [Area D]
HH 382         Holistic Health: Human Nature and Global Perspectives [Area C]
HH 383         Chinese Perspectives in Holistic Health [Area D]

Western Perspectives
HH 430         Biofeedback: Mind-Body Connection and Self-Regulation [Area B]
HH 435         Autogenic Training and Embodied Living [Area B]
HH 535         Western Nutrition and Herbs [Area B]
HH 560         Naturopathic Medicine and Personal Wellness [Area B]
HH 690         Psychophysiology of Healing [Area B]

Eastern Perspectives
HH420         Qigong Body-Mind Energetics [Area C]
HH 530        Eastern Nutrition and Herbs [Area B]
HH 540        Meditation and Imagery in Healing [Area D]
HH 545        Mind-Body Healing in Tibetan Culture [Area C]
                      Human Nature and Global Perspectives
HH 450        Somatics: Body Awareness, Movement, and Well-being [Area D]
HH 650        Anthroposophical Health Studies [Area D]
HH 660        Art as Healing [Area C]
HH 670        Alternative Health Practices
HH 680        Holistic Health Internship Seminar
HH 699        Independent Study (1-3 credits)


Master of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism

The 21-unit graduate degree prepares students to be employed in supervisory and managerial positions in areas of community recreation and nonprofit leisure services, commercial and private enterprises, and in parks and natural resources management agencies. The master's program is offered in a hybrid format providing the advantages of both online and in-person experiences. All of the students in the core courses participate in a mandatory in-person seminar on one of the participating campuses at least once near the beginning of that semester and once at the end. In between these two in-person seminars, students meet for weekly interactive webinars that are scheduled in the evening so that full-time professionals can participate. Students choose nine units (three classes) of electives with advisor consent. Six units may be upper-division undergraduate courses, and at least six units must be from SF State. Students will complete one of two culminating experience options: a thesis or applied research project. Students must apply for admission to the program.