B.A. in Parks and Recreation Management

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Parks and Recreation degree builds knowledge and leadership skills relevant to careers in parks and recreation management and leisure services. Students learn how to design, plan, implement and evaluate visitor experiences and administer parks and recreation systems. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). 

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
REC 165  Introduction to Recreation and Leisure 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar** 1
Free Elective 3
General Education Courses 6
   
Second Semester 15
ENG 102  English Composition II  OR  ENG 211  Business Writing  OR  ENG 217  Science and Tech Writing 3
General Education Courses 6
Related Elective 3
Related REC Course 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
REC 361  Parks and Recreation for Diverse Populations
3
General Education Courses 6
Related Elective 3
Required Related Course 3
   
Fourth Semester 15
REC 362  Recreation Site Design and Management 3
General Education Courses 6
Related Electives 6
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
REC 365  Recreation Resource Management 3
REC 374  Commercial Recreation Management 3
General Education Course 3
Related Elective 3
Required Related Course 3
   
Sixth Semester 15
REC 378  Recreation Management and Leadership
3
REC 412  Program Planning and Evaluation
3
General Education Courses 6
Related Elective 3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
GEO 474  Developing the Master Plan 3
REC 415  Challenges and Trends in Parks and Recreation 3
REC 478  Professional Development in Recreation 3
Related Electives 6
   
Eighth Semester 15
GEO 479  Internship 12
Related Elective 3
Total 120

Required Related Courses (6 credits)

  • REC 195  Leisure and Wellness Recreation 
  • REC 220  Youth Competitive Recreation Activities
  • REC 225  Recreation and Youth Development
  • REC 230  Youth Camp Counseling and Administration
  • REC 235  Special Event Management in Recreation Settings
  • REC 240  Human Ecology
  • REC 246  Scenic Areas of U.S.
  • REC 250  Non-Profit and Community Recreation
  • REC 255  Water-Based Rec Management
  • REC 270  Interpretative Methods in Parks and Recreation
  • REC 275  Sustainable Recreation and Green Parks
  • REC 280  Adventure and Outdoor Recreation Outfitting

Free Electives (36 credits)

Suggested program-related classes:

  • REC 195  Leisure and Wellness Recreation
  • REC 220  Youth Competitive Recreation Activities
  • REC 225  Recreation and Youth Development
  • REC 230  Youth Camp Counseling and Administration
  • REC 235  Special Event Management in Recreation Settings
  • REC 240  Sustainable Communities and Ecosystems
  • REC 246  Scenic Areas of U.S.
  • REC 250  Non-Profit and Community Recreation
  • REC 285  Water-Based Rec Management
  • REC 270  Interpretative Methods in Parks and Recreation
  • REC 275  Sustainable Recreation and Green Parks
  • REC 280  Adventure and Outdoor Recreation Outfitting
  • GEO 150  Survey of Travel and Tourism
  • GEO 217  Demographic Analysis
  • GEO 420  Disaster Vulnerability Assessment
  • GEO 426  Impacts and Sustainability of Tourism
  • GIS 311  Geographic Information Systems
  • EAS 150  Intro to Geology
  • EAS 230  Earth Resources
  • EAS 300  Natural Hazards (4 credits)
  • ELM 360  Environment Ecology and Nature-study Education
  • ENS 399  Conservation Biology
  • Other Advisor Approved Courses

Program Notes

  • A minimum of 42 credits must be upper-division courses (300-400 level) for graduation.
  • Graduation Requirements: minimum GPA of 2.0; minimum of 120 credits; all required major and gen ed courses completed.

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/parks-recreation-management/index.aspx