Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management

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Welcome to Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management at California State University, Chico! Founded in 1962, we are one of California’s oldest programs in recreation, hospitality, and parks management. With the motto “Do What You Love” our students are ready for careers that follow their passions.


What are our classes like?  

We prepare our graduates for careers, starting with a firm foundation in management principles, like customer service, diversity and inclusion, law, and marketing. We offer three degree options which focus on a specific field: event management, parks and recreation, or resort and lodging management. All of the options include special experiences, hands-on study, field trips, and volunteer opportunities. You can find our classes learning at state and national parks, touring hotels and convention centers, taking weekend trips to volunteer at natural areas, listening to expert guest speakers, and working on projects that give them hands-on experiences. 


What do our graduates do? They make lives better for others.

Our graduates help people to escape their daily lives by managing hotels and resorts. They plan special events at wineries and international conventions. They help people lead more fulfilling lives through programs in public parks and community activities.

They maintain and improve our parks and natural and cultural resources. They create learning environments by leading kids programs or developing city tours. They create memorable music festivals, and they preserve and showcase our natural resources and parks.

Does this sound like you? Join us.