Recreation Administration - Community Recreation, Youth Development, and Senior Services Emphasis, B.S.


Department of Recreation Administration

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
Recreation Administration Major

1. Major requirements (65-67 units)
The following core program courses are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses dependent upon the selected emphasis area.

Core Courses (27 units)
RA 55, RA 60, RA 73S, RA 77S, RA 80, RA 101, RA 125, RA 128, RA 179, RA 180 

Community Recreation, Youth Development, & Senior Services Emphasis (38-40 units)
RA 113, RA 117, RA 121, RA 133, RA 135 or MKTG 100S, RA 139, and RA 184i (30-31 units)

Select from the following: RA 106, RA 142, RA 192T (3 units), CFS 39, CRIM 120, CSDS 139, BA 105W, GERON 10S, GERON 115, GERON 161, HHS 116W, MCJ 152S, PH 100, PLSI 163, PSYCH 101 or PSYCH 102, SOC 144, SOC 163, SOC 183S, SOC 184S, SWRK 128 (8-9 units)

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements.  Consult the department chair or faculty advisor for additional details.

Advising Notes

  1. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the recreation administration major with the exceptions of REC 74, 75, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87, 88; RA 115, and 192T.
  2. General Education and elective units may be used toward a minor (see departmental minor below). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.
  3. Students are advised to take HHS 116W to fulfill the Upper-Division Writing Skills requirement.
  4. All Recreation Administration courses used in the major must be completed with a grade of C or higher.


Faculty are committed to providing a high quality professional preparation program in recreation and leisure services, founded on a competency based curriculum. Our graduates acquire specific skills as identified by practitioners, faculty, and the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions. These competencies are related to leadership, program planning, recreation and leisure oriented activities, budgeting, evaluation of programs and personnel, history, professional ethics, philosophy, research techniques, marketing and public relations, communication skills, organi-zational systems, laws and legislation, facility management and administration, and therapeutic techniques. Students may elect to study: (1) community recreation and youth services, (2) commercial recreation and event planning, (3) adventure recreation and tourism, (4) sports and entertainment facility management, (5) recreation therapy.

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B.S. in Recreation Administration - Community Recreation & Youth Services)

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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Recreation Administration is the academic program for students who want to prepare for a career in the "Recreation and Leisure Industry." Overall, the Recreation Industry, including tourism, is a huge and diverse industry with over $1 trillion of spending within the U.S. each year.

We manage facilities, programs, and services that help people have a higher quality of life through positive, enjoyable, and enriching recreation and leisure experiences. That's what recreation and leisure professionals do, and our curriculum helps students learn the necessary skills to facilitate such experiences.

What You Can Earn

Campus Recreation Director
$63,993 (in our region)

Recreation Coordinator 
$44,078 (Intramurals - in our region)

Source: as of December 2012

Based on a 2009 national survey of full-time professionals by Recreation Management Magazine:

Golf/Country Club

U.S. Gov. Military Recreation

Resort/Resort Hotel

School District Recreation Program

City Parks & Recreation Department

Private Recreation/Sports Center

Community Recreation/Sports Center


College/University Recreation/Intramurals

Sports/Health/Fitness Club

Youth/Private Camp

Campground/RV Park

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Leadership in Recreation, Parks and Tourism
  • Lifelong Learning in the Natural Environment
  • Leisure and Human Behavior
  • Challenge Course Facilitation
  • Serving At-Risk Youth
  • Special Event Planning
  • Diversity and Inclusive Practices in Recreation
  • Sports and Entertainment Facility Booking, Promotion, and Box Office Operations

What You Can Learn

Fundamental skills and knowledge for traveling outdoors by map and compass, and by knowledge of natural features

Leisure as related to the individual and society

A knowledge of the conference, convention, and meeting industry, inclusive of the design, budgeting, and programming principles used within the industry

The development of budgets and data analysis methods for park, recreation, and tourism agencies through the use of a variety of computer programs

About the College

The College of Health and Human Services offers a broad range of fully accredited post-secondary and graduate educational programs to more than 2100 students each year. The College includes the Departments of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, and Social Work Education.

Residents and communities in the Central California region continue to face serious issues within the health and human service environment that will require continuing generations of well-prepared health and human service professionals.

College Contact Information

2345 E. San Ramon
M/S MH26
Fresno CA 93740-8031

Phone: (559) 278-4004

FAX: (559) 278-4437

Department Contact Information

Department of Recreation Administration 
California State University, Fresno 
5310 N. Campus Drive M/S PH103 
Fresno CA 93740-8019

Phone: (559) 278-2838 
FAX: (559) 278-5267 

Where We're Located

Professional Human Services (PHS) Building Room 121