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2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
  Sep 22, 2023
2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin

Tourism Management, BS

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Bachelors of Science in Tourism Management is designed to prepare students for managerial positions in the tourism industry, including convention centers, event tourism, destination management organizations, and travel distribution.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students should be able to apply business management principles to identify problems and utilize analytical reasoning to formulate local-to-global solutions. 
  • Students should be able to identify, evaluate and explain tourism impacts on the host community and global environment. 
  • Students should be able to examine and apply tourism policy and planning principles to match the needs of diverse stakeholders, destinations and environments. 
  • Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and characteristics of tourism as an academic area of study. 
  • Students should be able to understand the products, processes, structure(s) and interactions in the tourism system. 

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Tourism Management, BS


Degree Requirements (120 hours)

Program of Study

  1. Carolina Core (31-43 hours)
  2. College Requirements (21 hours)
  3. Program Requirements (8-20 hours)
  4. Major Requirements (48 hours)

1. Carolina Core (31-43 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written — CMW (6 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving — ARP (6-8 hours) 

Scientific Literacy — SCI (7 hours)

  • Two CC-SCI courses from the natural sciences, including one laboratory selected from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science or Physics

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language — GFL (0-6 hours)

College of HRSM students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by achieving a score of 2 or higher on the foreign language placement test or by completing one foreign language course through 110 or 121.

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking — GHS (3 hours) 

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences — GSS (3 hours) 

Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding —  AIU (3 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component* — CMS (3 hours)

Information Literacy* —  INF (0-3 hours)

Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility* — VSR (0-3 hours)

*Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.

3. Program Requirements (8-20 hours)

Supporting Courses (6 hours)

Minor (0-18 hours) optional

  • Tourism Management majors may pursue a minor in any course of study offered by the College of HRSM as well as any other University program with an approved minor. College of HRSM required courses may not be counted toward a minor.

Electives (2-14 hours)

  • The Tourism Major Curriculum includes 2 to 14 hours of approved electives depending on how students fulfill the Carolina Core Requirements. Any course in the university can be used to satisfy the elective requirement including additional electives in the major.

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