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Department of Recreation Administration

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Community Recreation,Youth Development, and Senior Services

Exploring Community Recreation, Youth Development, and Senior Services

Recreation Professionals design, deliver and evaluate a range of leisure-time-related activities, interactions, and experiences to meet the recreational needs of communities, families, and individuals.

The Community Recreation, Youth, and Senior Services option focuses on essential principles of promoting social responsibility, sustaining livable communities, reducing juvenile delinquency, and preserving cultural heritage. Through active learning and community engagement, our students learn and participate in hands-on activities to help all people live healthy, enjoyable, active, and meaningful lifestyles.


Experience in the Profession

Our program concludes with a 525-hour semester-long internship within the community recreation or related field under the supervision of a current full-time recreation professional. Internship sites include municipal Parks and Recreation agencies such as the cities of Fresno, Clovis, Sanger, Reedley, and Visalia; Special Districts such as Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Coalinga Huron; and Community Benefit Organizations (non-profits) including Every Neighborhood Partnership, Boys and Girls Club, and Big Brothers Big Sister.

Students must obtain practical experience while taking classes by completing 200 -1,000 pre-internship hours (paid or volunteer). Local area agencies, including Parks and Recreation Agencies, School Districts, and other Community Services Organizations, can be considered to complete the requirement.


Job Placements and Career Outlook

A bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years of experience working in the field are typical entry-level requirements.

This area of study prepares students for employment in public and community benefit recreation settings such as:

  • City, County, and District Recreation Departments
  • State and Federal Government Agencies
  • Community-Benefit Organizations (non-profits)
  • Social/ Human Service Agencies
  • Organized Camps
  • University Student Life Programs
  • K-12 and Higher Educational Settings

Related professional organizations include the California Park and Recreation Association, National Recreation and Park Association, National AfterSchool Association, Afterschool Alliance, National Alliance for Youth Sports, American Camp Association, and National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. Many of these organizations provide student membership at a discount.

For employment outlook and salary information, check out the National Recreation and Park Association. For employment opportunities, visit the job posting/ boards of the organizations listed above and USAJOBS.



Major requirements (65-66 units)
The following core program courses are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses dependent upon the selected option area. 

RA 55. Foundations and Careers in RPT

RA 60. Technologies in RPT

RA 73S. Leadership in RPT

RA 77S. Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Programming

RA 80. Lifelong Learning in the Natural Environment

RA 101. Leisure and Human Behavior

RA 125. Diversity and Inclusive Practices in RPT

RA 128. Legal and Financial Aspects of RPT

RA 179. Supervision and Administration in RPT

RA 180. Professional Placement in RPT

*27 units total

RA 113. Programming for Youth At-Risk

RA 117. Special Event Planning

RA 121. Community and Non-Profit Recreation Services

RA 133. Recreation and Parks Facilities Planning and Operations

RA 135. Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Marketing (or MKTG 100S)

RA 139. Research and Evaluation in RPT

RA 184I. Internship in RPT

*30 units total

Select one of the tract areas below. Students may also create a general focus by selecting courses from each of the areas below.

Community Services

PLSI 163. Municipal Government

SOC 144. Social Policy Analysis

SOC 163. Urban Sociology (Area ID)

Youth Development

CFS 39. Introductory Child Development

CRIM 120. Juvenile Delinquency (Area ID)

PSYCH 101 Child Psych OR 102 Adolescent Psych

Seniors Services

GERON 10S. Journey of Adulthood

GERON 115. Health Issues of Aging

GERON 161. Multicultural/Aging (Area M/I)

Adaptive Services

RA 142. Foundations of Recreation Therapy

KINES 157. Adapted & Inclusive Physical Education

CSDS 139. Deaf Culture (Area ID)

Other electives courses

BA 105W. Business Communication

MCJ 152S. Fundamentals of Public Relations

SOC 183S. Philanthropy and Grant Making

HHS 116W. Interprofessional Communication in Health and Human Services         

SOC 184S. Grant Writing & Evaluation

PH 100. Contemporary Health Issues

RA 192T. Topics in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

*8-9 units total

General Education requirements (49 units)

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

Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

Total minimum units (120)*

Contact Us

Brandon T. Taylor,D.Mgt
Option Coordinator
PHS 107 To schedule an appointment go to: Dr. Taylor Appointments Page