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Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration

  • Natural Resource Administration

    Interning as a Wilderness Ranger for the United States Forest Service has been an experience of a lifetime.  On top of using the knowledge gained from the RPTA department at Sac State, this internship has given me a better understanding of how our public lands and wilderness areas are managed.  I have become even more passionate about protecting these places for the future generations. I can attest that the old saying is true, "do what you love and never work a day in your life." 

    --Richard Orth

    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration
    • Concentration: Recreation and Park Management (RPM)
    • Certificate: Natural Resource Administration
    Stanislaus National Forest
  • Recreation Therapy

    Thank you RPTA for being a part of my journey and getting me to where I am now. It feels great to be working, doing what I love.

    -- Nicole Johnson

    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration
    • Concentration: Recreation Therapy (RT)

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    Eskaton Care Center
  • Fall 2016 Course

    RPTA 196B: Youth Development in Recreation, Parks & Tourism

    This course will focus on examining contemporary issues and trends related to young people and youth development in recreation, parks and tourism. Students will learn about youth development frameworks and how to apply those frameworks to recreation -based settings. Students will learn about the importance of engaging youth in the process of program planning and development.

    Wednesdays | 12:00PM-2:50PM | 3 units

    Youth Development
  • Event Planning

    I'm so glad I chose this major because it has benefited my life in so many ways. My internship at Raley Field has been awesome! 

    -- Amber Dixon

    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration
    • Concentration: Recreation and Park Management (RPM)
    • Certificate: Event Planning
    Raley Field
  • Recreation Majors Association

    Join the Recreation Majors Association (RMA)!

    • Annual Membership: $20
    • T-Shirts: $10

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    RMA
  • Natural Resource Administration

    My internship with California State Parks in Big Sur was an amazing, life changing experience.   It gave me the opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful parts of California while giving me invaluable work experience.  This internship has reminded me why I love being an RPTA major: We have the best "office" jobs in the entire world!

    -- Taylor Rucker

    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration
    • Concentration: Recreation and Park Management (RPM)
    • Certificate: Natural Resource Administration
    Big Sur
  • Fall 2016 Course

    RPTA 180: Foundations of Commercial Recreation 

    Overview of the historical and philosophical foundations of the commercial recreation field. Identification of providers of commercial recreation goods and services. Analyzes current functions and trends in the operation of commercial leisure enterprises.

    Tu/Th | 1:30PM-2:45PM | 3 units

    Foundations of Commercial Recreation
  • Event Planning

    I'm absolutely loving my internship at Artery Recordings. As the sign says, we are an artist management, record label, and booking agency all under one roof. We own and operate local venues such as Goldfield Trading Post and The Boardwalk. We also manage Ace of Spades, which we just sold to Live Nation two months ago. I work on the label side, marketing our bands to radio stations across the globe. So much goes on in this office and it is such a privilege to be a part of it.

    -- Tori Cruz

    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration
    • Concentration: Recreation and Park Management (RPM)
    • Certificate: Event Planning
    Artery Artist Management
  • Fall 2016 Course

    RPTA 196C: Introduction to Rock Climbing 

    Designed to provide students with the basic knowledge, skills, and techniques of modern rock climbing. Students will learn skills pertaining to indoor top-rope and lead climbing, indoor and outdoor bouldering, and outdoor sport climbing. Students will also learn and discuss outdoor ethics and environmental impact in relation to rock climbing.

    Tuesday | 7:00AM-7:50AM | 1 unit

    Rock Climbing

At Sacramento State, we're proud to be the oldest nationally accredited program of Recreation Administration in the CSU System. The RPTA Department offers a Master of Science, a Bachelor of Science, Certificate Programs, and a flexible Minor. Degree programs provide students with exciting, broad-based curricula that include both stimulating in-class coursework and practical out-of-class field experience. Job opportunities, ranging from recreation therapists, to hotel managers, to program coordinators, to park rangers, are numerous both in and out of the Greater Sacramento Area.


To learn more about accreditation, national certifications (CTRS and CPRP), and the negative impacts of degree mills, please click on the "accreditation" link under "resources."

CONTACT US

Office Hours: 8:00AM-12:00PM, 1:00PM-4:00PM (please note that the office is closed for lunch, 12:00PM-1:00PM)


Main Office: Solano Hall (SLN) 4000 (campus map: http://www.csus.edu/campusmap/)
Department Phone: (916) 278-6752
Department Email: rpta@csus.edu
Department Fax: (916) 278-5053

RPTA Certificate Programs!

The new RPTA Certificate Programs are in the final stages of approval. 

  • Certificates are officially recognized by Sacramento State and will show on transcripts
  • Certificates can be listed on resumes and included in cover letters
  • Certificates are restricted to RPTA majors and minors