Message from the Chair


Welcome to the website of Fresno State’s Recreation Administration Department. Nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions, the department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Administration.

We'd like you to consider the diversity and impact of the parks and recreation profession!

The local and regional parks provided an economic impact in the United States of $140 billion in economic activity in 2015, and supported another 1 million jobs. Also, according to the Outdoor Industry Association, “more than 140 million Americans make outdoor recreation a priority in their daily lives. Americans spend $646 billion on outdoor recreation,” resulting in 6.1 million American jobs.”  If you have an interest in working in this rewarding field, the department offers an opportunity to specialize in Adventure Recreation, Community Recreation and Youth Services, Commercial Recreation and Event Management, Sports and Entertainment Facility Management, and Therapeutic Recreation. Please contact an advisor to learn more about our major and the options of study.

Our outstanding faculty have diverse professional interests, are energetic and passionate, and are student oriented.   If you are considering pursuing your degree in our department, we promise you that you will be provided with an engaged, professional, personable, and challenging academic experience.  

We hope you find the information you need on our website, and you are encouraged to visit us on campus in order to learn more about the major and to explore the diverse career opportunities in parks and recreation.

We look forward to meeting you, please feel free to contact us for further information.

Recreation Administration is a leader when it comes to experiential learning!  

Our department is very active at Fresno State in the number of students and faculty engaged in service learning and community engagement. As part of the degree, out students complete between 500 to 1000 hours of pre-internship service to park and recreation agencies and the community.

In addition, many courses offered in the department are designated “service-learning” as a part of the university’s overall program. The impact of the service learning courses is significant. In 2014/2015, our students logged 8,395 service learning hours! According to the Independent Sector’s Value of Volunteer Time and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economic impact of this service ranges from $136,385 to $193,672 annually. Finally, all students complete a 15 week 35-40 hour internship as a culminating experience.

Another opportunity for engagement is the new program – Sustainable Parks and Recreation Community Initiative (SPARCI). SPARCI provides a platform for almost all of our classes in Recreation Administration and other classes across campus to address park and recreation issues one city at a time. See SPARCI under the community engagement heading.

In addition, our department hosts the Therapeutic Recreation Annual Symposium in the spring, which draws professionals from throughout the valley.

Finally, our department offers the program “Recreation Research and Service” which provides research and training programs for park and recreation organizations in California and beyond. Students work with faculty in the delivery of this new and innovative program. If you desire to be engaged in the community and obtain professional experiences prior to graduation, consider Recreation Administration as a major or minor.