Mission Statement

The Department of Recreation and Tourism Management at CSUN provides a challenging, student-centered education to prepare professionals to enhance the quality of life of others through recreation, leisure and play.

Academic Advisement

Recreation and Tourism Management faculty are available each semester for academic advisement prior to registration. Meeting with a faculty member of your choice can take place during their regular faculty office hours or by appointment. The undergraduate and graduate advisors are Mechelle Best,  Nathan Martin, Joong Won Lee, Dianne Philibosian, Jan Tolan, Veda Ward, Al Wright and Jimmy Xie. Additional advising resources for students are available at a Moodle site (RTM Advisement). Please contact the RTM office for access information.

Upon completion of the academic advisement session, a student’s “registration hard hold” is lifted and he or she may then participate in the registration process as scheduled by the University.


Recreation and Tourism Management graduates have many career paths to pursue within the recreation, human services, tourism and hospitality industries. Included in this vast array of career opportunities are: adventure travel coordinators, hotel and hospitality management, managers of health clubs and spas, tour guides and interpreters, tourism destination specialists, convention coordinators, cruise ship activity directors, event planners and coordinators, recreational sport and entertainment facility managers and entrepreneurs.

Other graduates choose paths in the outdoors, municipal recreation and nonprofit sectors of the profession. These professional areas offer careers as recreation center directors, recreation center specialists, outdoor education specialists, camp directors, nature interpreters, park rangers, aquatic specialists, campus recreational sport directors, play center facilitation/directors and employee recreation services and sport directors.

Finally, other graduates find fulfilling careers in professional settings such as military recreation, correctional recreation, campus student unions, religious youth recreation, therapeutic recreation, fund development, community youth recreation and sport agencies.


The Department of Recreation and Tourism Management is accredited through the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT).

Clubs and Societies

The Recreation Management Association is a student club created by and run by students in the department.  Special opportunities for leadership and professional development are created by your involvement.


Chair: Al Wright
Staff: Lora Hnat
Redwood Hall (RE) 250
(818) 677-3202