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Recreation and Leisure Studies

College of Health and Human Services

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Recreation and Leisure Studies - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Recreation (code REC_BA01) (120 units)

Student must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA on all units attempted and achieve a "C" or better in each course of the Recreation major to progress in the sequence of study. Students earning less than a “C” grade in a course required in the major must repeat that course.

Students wishing to substitute courses or deviate in any way from department requirements must submit a letter of request to the Department faculty. No more than six units of Recreation-prefix courses may be taken by contract. The Internship is "Letter grade only (A-F)." The Internship is taken the last semester before graduation. No other courses may be taken concurrently with the Internship.

Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • REC 141 Introduction to Leisure Services (3)
    • REC 225 Programming Recreation Activities (3)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • REC 325 Advanced Program & Event Management (3)
    • REC 341 Eval and Research in Leisure Services (3)
    • REC 351 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation (3)
    • REC 421 Supervisory & Administrative Practices (3)
    • REC 423 Facility Design and Operations (3)
    • REC 425 Financing Leisure Services (3)
    • REC 427 Legal Aspects of Leisure Services (3)
    • REC 431 Recreation Resource Management (3)
    • REC 480 Philosophy of Recreation and Leisure (3)
    • REC 498 Internship in Leisure Services (6-9)
  • Additional Courses:
    • Take one the following courses:
      • REC 100 , 300
    • Take one of the following courses:
      • HDEV 307I, 357I, or PSY 370I
    • Take 15 units from the following courses:
      • REC 321, 322, 324, 337, 340I, 371, 428, 430, 433, 451, 452, 454, 457, 458, 462, 465, 468, 469, 473, 490, 499
    • Choose 3 units from collaborative fields with advisor approval, such as CAFF, CDFS, CRJU, EDP, FCS, FCSE, FMD, FSCI, HFHM, KIN, NUTR, SW

Minor in Recreation (code REC_UM01)

A minimum of 21 units approved by the departmental minor advisor which must include:

  • Take all of the following:
    • REC 141 Introduction to Leisure Services (3)
    • REC 225 Programming Recreation Activities (3)
    • REC 321 Leadership in Recreation & Leisure Studies (3)
    • REC 340I Leisure in Contemporary Society (3)
    • REC 351 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation (3)
  • Take two of the following:
    • REC 220, 322, 324, 337, 371, 428, 430, 431, 433, 462, 473, or 490 with consent of the advisor.

Certificate Programs

The certificate programs are available undergraduate and graduate students, and students who already possess a baccalaureate degree and are enrolling in a certificate program, unless otherwise noted. Students pursuing a degree may complete the certificate concurrently with or subsequent to their degree by enrolling as a certificate student. Courses taken for certificate requirements may be used, where appropriate, to meet the General Education or degree requirements of cooperating departments. Extension and/or transfer credit may comprise no more than one-fourth of the course work used to meet baccalaureate certificate requirements. Students should contact the department to schedule a meeting with the certificate advisor.

Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation (code REC_CT01)

This certificate prepares students for the California Board of Recreation and Park Certification exam and for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam. A baccalaureate degree, which may be awarded concurrently, is required for completion of this certificate program.

Core requirements:

  • Take all of the following:
    • REC 351 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation (3)
    • REC 451 Management of Therapeutic Recreation Services (3)
    • REC 452 Therapeutic Recreation Treatment/Program Planning (3)
    • REC 454 Counseling Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation (3)
    • REC 458 Therapeutic Recreation: Facilitating Leisure and Wellness (3)
    • REC 498 Internship in Leisure Services (6-9)
  • Take six units of advisor-approved Recreation courses.

Additional courses: 18 to 19 units taken with approval from certificate advisor. Includes anatomy/physiology course (3 - 4 units); abnormal psychology (3 units); human growth and development across the lifespan course (3 units); upper division support courses (9 units) from any of the following areas: sociology, psychology, educational psychology, health science, adapted physical education, anthropology, biology, communication studies, family and consumer sciences, gerontology, human development, kinesiology/physical education, social work, and special education.

Certificate in Administration of Campus Recreation and Student Service Programs (code REC_CT05)

This certificate is for those looking to be Certified Recreation Sports Specialist through NIRSA. It will prepare them for the certification examination.

Twenty-four (24) units of core requirements including:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • REC 321 Leadership in Rec and Leisure Studies (3)
    • REC 322 Recreational Sports Supervision (3)
    • REC 324 Campus Recreation Services (3)
    • REC 325 Adv Program and Event Management (3)
    • REC 421 Supervisory and Administrative Practices (3)
    • REC 427 Legal Aspects of Leisure Services (3)
    • REC 485 Field Work (3)
  • Take one (3 unit) evaluation course from the following:
    • REC 341 Eval and Research in Leisure Services (3)
    • or equivalent

The remaining 6 units are electives which must be taken with approval of the advisor of the certificate program. These may include REC, KIN, HDEV, or HRM courses.

Certificate in Management of Nonprofit and Volunteer Services (code REC_CT02)

Core requirements:

Take off of the following:

  • REC 325 Advanced Program & Event Management (3)
  • REC 421 Supervisory & Administrative Practices (3)
  • REC 425 Financing Leisure Services (3)
  • REC 427 Legal Aspects of Leisure Services (3)
  • REC 428 Principles of Nonprofit and Volunteer Management (3)
  • REC 498 Internship in Leisure Services (6-9)

Additional courses:

Take 6 units of elective courses addressing youth development, communication skills, marketing, evaluation, or working with diverse populations which must be taken with approval of the advisor of the certificate program.

**The information provided below for the Certificate in Administration of Outdoor Recreation Resources has been altered from the print catalog. The correct version below removes REC 433 from the required list of course and add it to the appropriate selection of choices with REC 485 and REC 499. (5/11/10) **

Certificate in Administration of Outdoor Recreation Resources (code REC_CT03)

Core requirements:

  • Take all of the following:
    • REC 427 Legal Aspects of Leisure Services (3)
    • REC 430 Recreation in the Ocean Environment (3)
    • REC 431 Recreation Resource Management (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • REC 337 Environmental & Cultural Interpretation (3)
    • SCED 401 A Process Approach to Science (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • REC 433 Management of Organized Camps (3)
    • REC 485 Field Work (3)
    • REC 499 Independent Study (1-3)

Additional courses:

  • Take 9 units of elective courses from biology, geology, or geography which must be taken with approval of the advisor of the certificate program.

Certificate in Administration of Travel and Tourism (code REC_CT04)

Core requirements:

  • Take all of the following:
    • REC 462 Travel, Tourism, and Resort Recreation Management (3)
    • REC 468 Tourism Planning and Development (3)
    • GEOG 352 Geography of Travel and Tourism (3)
    • HFHM 270 Intro to Hospitality Foodservice and Hotel Management (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • REC 485 Field Work (3)
    • REC 498 Internship in Leisure Services (6-9)
  • Additional courses:
    • Take 6 units of upper division courses listed in the University Catalog under the Regional category in the Department of Geography or 6 units of a foreign language; plus 3 additional upper division units selected in consultation with the advisor of the certificate program.