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Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration College of Health & Human Services

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RPTA Minor & Certificate Programs

The Minor Programs in Non-Profit Administration and Recreation Administration are programs designed for non-RPTA majors. RPTA majors cannot complete a minor program, but are eligible to complete Certificate Programs.

Minor in Recreation Administration

The Minor in Recreation Administration is designed for non-RPTA majors interested in learning about career areas within the recreation, parks, and tourism fields. The minor can lead to careers in community services, natural resource management (as a park ranger), youth leagues and sports, non-profit leadership, adventure recreation, hospitality, campus recreation, activity programming, experiential education, and destination marketing.

Minor students may also enroll in RPTA Certificates with advisor approval. A Certificate cannot be awarded unless the minor program is completed.

Minor in Non-Profit Administration

Non-profit leadership is becoming an essential skill for students planning to work in government, tax-supported, and not-for-profit agencies.

Designed for non-RPTA majors, students pursuing a Minor in Non-Profit Administration will gain valuable skills in:

  • writing grants,
  • planning fundraising events,
  • managing volunteers, and
  • working with various populations such as youth, underserved persons, or community professionals.

An emphasis is placed on overall agency management and leadership. Minor students may also enroll in RPTA Certificates with advisor approval. A Certificate cannot be awarded unless the minor program is completed.

Certificate in Event Planning

The certificate program in Event Planning is designed for students interested in working for both private and public agencies in the areas of:

  • Event planning,
  • Wedding planning,
  • Meeting planning, and
  • Rrecreational programming.

Course work includes classes that teach the essentials in successful event management, including volunteer management, fundraising, sponsorships and leadership.

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Certificate in Natural Resources Administration

The certificate program in Natural Resource Administration prepares students to work in outdoor recreation agencies such as California State Parks, National Parks, National Forests, and other agencies that manage our natural, cultural and heritage resources.

Through an informative coursework, students will receive a strong foundation in recreation management related to providing the public with high-quality outdoor recreational opportunities.

Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Administration

The certificate program in Outdoor Adventure Administration is for students wanting to provide the public with experiences and programs to play and learn in the great outdoors.

Students will extend the general park and recreation management foundation of the Recreation Administration core with courses that teach adventure recreation programming and experiential education skills.

Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Management

Hospitality and tourism are two of California’s fastest growing and most important industries. Curriculum focuses on hotel management, tourism destination marketing, and convention and meeting planning, as well as the basics of entrepreneurial businesses, and the skills needed for working with for-profit, and experience industry agencies (e.g., resorts, ski lodges, conference and meeting facilities, cruise lines, theme parks, destination marketing agencies, spas, clubs, and travel agencies).

Local industry professionals from the Sacramento Hotel Association and Visit Sacramento (Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau) work closely with department faculty to give students practical skills associated with internships and jobs in the industry.

Minor Program Advising

When students declare an RPTA minor program, they are assigned an advisor. The minor advisor is a student's primary point of contact within RPTA and can answer questions about requirements, transfer course substitutions, minor course choices, etc.

Minor Advisor: Dr. Lisa Easterla

Certificate Advising

Certificate advising occurs during regular major or minor advising meetings.

If you have questions about course substitutions or transfer credit, or any other questions not covered in the section on Certificate FAQs, consult your advisor.

Additional RPTA Minor and Certificate Resources