The recreation degree prepares students for leadership positions in public recreation and leisure services agencies. Such work enhances the quality of life for millions of people each day across the nation. 

The Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism Department offers a B.S. degree in recreation. Specializations available in the degree include the sustainability concentration, youth development programming concentration, and a recreation therapy concentration that prepares students to sit for the state RT licensing exam.


We Offer:

Online programs are for anyone who has already completed their lower-division general education breadth requirements. Only upper-division, major requirements will be taken completely online.


Your Future

Career Opportunities Include:

Athletics Coordinator • Business Administrator • Community Leader • Event Coordinator • Marketing Director • Parks and Recreation Director • Park Ranger • Program coordinator • Teacher (Physical Education) • Youth Service Leader


Future Income:

Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics to learn more about the outlook for your future career.


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Courses You Might Take

REC 100 - Introduction to Recreation and Recreation Therapy

Explores sociocultural, environmental, and economic impacts of recreation on individuals and communities throughout history and into the future. Focuses on differences in U.S. cultural groups, gender, and abilities.

REC 210 - Programming in Community Recreation, Sport and Camp

Examines factors influencing the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of community recreation, sports, and camp programs. Focuses on ensuring social justice for ability, ethnic and cultural diversity.

REC 215 - Special Events in Recreation

Analysis and project planning of small to large-scale events. Learn best practices and trends in special events, such as sports, festivals and fundraisers.

REC 230 - Introduction to Youth Development

Examines the principles of positive youth development for youth aged 5-17. Explores the effects of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, and social class on youth development.

REC 340 - Sustainable Facilities, Parks and Open Space

Learn principles and procedures for planning, design, operation, care, and management of sustainable facilities, parks, open spaces and other areas. Examines economic, social, and environmental impacts of sustainable areas.

REC 360 - Foundations in Recreational Therapy

Covers the human developmental stages of recreation therapy across the lifespan, including theories of human behavior, behavioral change, and concepts and models of health and human services.

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Department of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism
  • California State University, East Bay
  • Physical Education & Gym, PE 130
  • Hayward, CA 94542