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Recreation Administration is the academic program for students who want to prepare for a career in the "Recreation and Leisure Industry." Overall, the Recreation Industry, including tourism, is a huge and diverse industry with over $1 trillion of spending within the U.S. each year.

We manage facilities, programs, and services that help people have a higher quality of life through positive, enjoyable, and enriching recreation and leisure experiences. That's what recreation and leisure professionals do, and our curriculum helps students learn the necessary skills to facilitate such experiences.

What You Can Earn

Campus Recreation Director
$63,993 (in our region)

Recreation Coordinator
$44,078 (Intramurals - in our region)

Source: as of December 2012

Based on a 2009 national survey of full-time professionals by Recreation Management Magazine:

Golf/Country Club

U.S. Gov. Military Recreation

Resort/Resort Hotel

School District Recreation Program

City Parks & Recreation Department

Private Recreation/Sports Center

Community Recreation/Sports Center


College/University Recreation/Intramurals

Sports/Health/Fitness Club

Youth/Private Camp

Campground/RV Park

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Leadership in Recreation, Parks and Tourism
  • Lifelong Learning in the Natural Environment
  • Leisure and Human Behavior
  • Challenge Course Facilitation
  • Serving At-Risk Youth
  • Special Event Planning
  • Diversity and Inclusive Practices in Recreation
  • Sports and Entertainment Facility Booking, Promotion, and Box Office Operations

What You Can Learn

Fundamental skills and knowledge for traveling outdoors by map and compass, and by knowledge of natural features

Leisure as related to the individual and society

A knowledge of the conference, convention, and meeting industry, inclusive of the design, budgeting, and programming principles used within the industry

The development of budgets and data analysis methods for park, recreation, and tourism agencies through the use of a variety of computer programs


About the College

The College of Health and Human Services offers a broad range of fully accredited post-secondary and graduate educational programs to more than 2100 students each year. The College includes the Departments of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, and Social Work Education.

Residents and communities in the Central California region continue to face serious issues within the health and human service environment that will require continuing generations of well-prepared health and human service professionals.

College Contact Information

2345 E. San Ramon
M/S MH26
Fresno CA 93740-8031

Phone: (559) 278-4004

FAX: (559) 278-4437

Department Contact Information

Department of Recreation Administration
California State University, Fresno
5310 N. Campus Drive M/S PH103
Fresno CA 93740-8019

Phone: (559) 278-2838
FAX: (559) 278-5267

Where We're Located

Professional Human Services (PHS) Building Room 121