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Travel and tourism is the largest industry and employer in the world. Along with recreation, sports and other leisure-oriented enterprises, there is significant employment potential for graduates, with opportunities in most communities or regions. This program is appropriate for students starting as freshmen as well as for transfer students.
Through the BS program in tourism and recreation management, students acquire the planning and management skills needed to work in the growing tourism and recreation industries throughout the world.
Selecting one of four emphasis areas: tourism, recreation, events or sports, the curriculum prepares students for employment across a wide variety of occupations. These areas of emphasis allow program graduates to contribute to community economic and social development and to positively influence quality of life both domestically and abroad. Graduates are able to gain professional positions in various travel, tourism, recreation, sports and related fields.
A major map outlines a major's critical requirements, courses, and optimal course sequence and aids students in remaining on track to graduation.
While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
Based upon interests, graduates can seek work in the public, nonprofit, or private and commercial sectors. Graduates find employment in such diverse organizations as resorts and hotels, convention and visitor bureaus, and in areas such as business and corporate travel, transportation, tour operations, event and meeting planning and management, and attractions management. Opportunities are also found with city and state parks and recreation departments; youth, recreation and sports-oriented nonprofits; sports and recreation program planning and management; sports events and tourism; and many others. In such settings, graduates plan, design, develop and manage services that address the needs of a particular clientele.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners||10.9%||$48,290|
|General and Operations Managers||9.1%||$100,410|
|Advertising and Promotions Managers||5.5%||$106,130|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).