Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? Recreation, Parks & Tourism (RPT) has been a major since 1946 No prerequisites needed for RPT major SF State Studies (university requirement) are satisfied in major All RPT classes are offered every semester 1st semester classes (12 units) are offered T/Th 2nd semester classes (15 units) are offered M/W 3rd semester classes (12 units) are offered T/Th Last semester class (12 units) is an internship 400+ Bay Area RPT organizations provide jobs/internships.
When should I first meet with my major department? Anytime – contact Dr. Erik Rosegard (Chair/Undergraduate Coordinator) at: or 415-338-2030.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? All students meet with Dr. Erik Rosegard (Chair/Undergraduate Coordinator): or 415-338-2030.
Where can I find information about major advising?

Students can find major advising information on the department's website: or stop by HSS 307 anytime.

Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No pre-work is required, but contacting the Department is recommended (HSS 307,, 415-338-2030) prior to course registration. 
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? As a major, you are guaranteed enrollment in all RPT courses. Contact Erik Rosegard, Chair: or 415-338-2030.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Yes . . . know that if you choose RPT as a major, you will be learning how to engineer experiences that engage, empower, and educate! Here are a few career areas within RPT: - Events and Themed Entertainment (Disney, wineries, museums) - Public/Community Recreation (every city has a recreation center) - Nonprofit Recreation (YMCA, Sierra Club, youth programs) - Parks & Natural Resources (national, state, county parks) - Outdoor Recreation (environmental education, summer camps) - Travel & Tourism (cruise lines, tour operators, hostels, DMCs) - Wellness & Therapeutic Recreation (art/music/adventure therapy) - University & Campus Recreation (student events, intramurals).

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

1) RPT 200 – Foundations in RPT RPT 300 – Leadership in RPT;

2) RPT 325 – Information Technology in RPT; and

3) RPT 350 – Facilitating Wellness through Leisure;

(All 1st semester classes are offered on Tuesdays/Thursdays).

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? Completion or concurrent enrollment in RPT 200 (Foundations of RPT) or equivalent.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? No, there are no registration blocks or holds for RPT.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No, an approved ADT roadmap does not exist for RPT.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

Not required, but here are GE courses that introduce our major: 

1) Area A3 (Critical Thinking) - RPT 110 (Critical Thinking and the Leisure Experience)

2) Area C1 (Arts) - RPT 210 (Growth through Art and Leisure)

3) Area C3 (Humanities/Literature) - RPT 230 (Growth through Adventure)

4) Area D1 (Social Sciences) - RPT 200 (Foundations of RPT)*

*Satisfies both GE and the major requirements.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

No entry or prerequisites are required.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? No, there are currently no AP or IB tests that count towards the RPT major.

College of Health & Social Sciences Student Resource Center (SRC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students with College of Health and Social Sciences majors, pre-majors and minors.

Services offered: Academic planning (GE, DARs, DPR and major), freshman transitioning support, impacted major consultation, academic probation advising, general life/support counseling, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), resume and cover letter help

Phone: (415) 405-3740
Location: HSS 254