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About the Department
The origins of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration are almost as old as those of California State University, Sacramento.
- 1947 – Sacramento State College (now California State University, Sacramento) is founded.
- 1953 – Sacramento State College is relocated to its current 300-acre site on the American River.
- 1953 – Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation begins in the Division of Physical Education (now the Department of Kinesiology).
- 1955 – The Recreation Department begins as part of the Division of Physical Education and Recreation.
- 1955 – Minor in Recreation is added to the degree options.
- 1956 – Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Leadership is created with the following specializations: Camping and Outdoor Education, Public Recreation, Recreation and Youth Agencies, and Therapy and Hospital Recreation.
- 1960 – The California State University System is created and will go on to incorporate several pre-existing institutions such as Sacramento State College.
- 1964 – Degree changes to Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Management.
- 1964 – Master of Arts in Recreation and Physical Education begins.
- 1964 – The Park Management Department begins with a Bachelor of Science of the same name in the School of Arts and Sciences.
- 1972 – Sacramento State College becomes California State University, Sacramento.
- 1973 – The Department of Environmental Resources merges with the Department of Recreation Administration in the Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
- 1978 – The department is relocated to the School of Business and Public Administration.
- 1982 – The department is moved to the College of Health and Human Services, and shortly after the name is changed to the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.
- 1988 – The Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration consists of four separate concentrations: Concentration in Park and Recreation Resource Management, Concentration in Community Recreation Management, Concentration in Commercial Recreation Management, and Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation.
- 1992 – Undergraduate degree concentrations are reduced to two: Concentration in Recreation and Park Management Park (with focus areas in Recreation Resource Management, Recreation Program Management, Commercial Recreation Management ) and Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation.
- 2000 – The Commercial Recreation Management focus area is renamed, Commercial Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management.
- 2007 – The department changes its name to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration.
- 2010 – Therapeutic Recreation changes to Recreation Therapy.
- 2014 – The Master of Science in Recreation Administration begins a three-campus collaborative with San Francisco State University and California State University, Chico.
- 2016 – The department creates five certificate programs to help differentiate Recreation and Park Management: Event Planning, Hospitality and Tourism Administration, Natural Resource Administration, Non-Profit Administration, and Outdoor Adventure Administration
- 2018 – Curriculum development begins for Recreation Therapy to become a separate major degree program within RPTA (as opposed to a concentration). Approval is given for the first separate Recreation Therapy degree program within the CSU to begin in Fall 2019.
- 2018 – Another certificate program is added: Community and Agency Recreation Leadership.
- 2018 – Curriculum development begins for a degree concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management, anticipated for Fall 2020.
- 2019 – Recreation Therapy is now a separate major program within RPTA, the first separate RT program within the CSU.
- 2019 – Approval is received to begin a new Master's program, to replace the previous three-campus collaborative program, with admissions to begin in Fall 2020.
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