Tourism Development and Management, BS

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Prepare to become a tourism professional. The comprehensive coursework, career exposure opportunities, study abroad options and culminating internship experiences of this program prepare you for management and leadership opportunities. By understanding how the bigger pieces of tourism fit together, you will affect change and improve tourism for communities, economies and the environment.

Through the BS program in tourism development and management, students acquire the planning and management skills related to the growth and development of tourism throughout the world. The curriculum prepares students for employment across a wide variety of occupations in the rapidly expanding travel and tourism industry while taking full advantage of its strong connections with the professional tourism community in Phoenix.

The required internship component of the program allows students to gain practical experiences leading to professional positions in various travel, tourism and related fields. Exposure to the practices of heritage tourism, sustainable tourism, resort management, and meeting and convention planning prepares students for successful careers in the travel and tourism industry. While pursuing the bachelor's degree in tourism development and management, a student may also choose to complete a certificate in convention sales and meeting planning. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program.

This degree program offers the following concentrations:

Prepare to become a tourism professional. The comprehensive coursework, career exposure opportunities, study abroad options and culminating internship experiences of this program prepare you for management and leadership opportunities. By understanding how the bigger pieces of tourism fit together, you will affect change and improve tourism for communities, economies and the environment.

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Through the BS program in tourism development and management, students acquire the planning and management skills related to the growth and development of tourism throughout the world. The curriculum prepares students for employment across a wide variety of occupations in the rapidly expanding travel and tourism industry while taking full advantage of its strong connections with the professional tourism community in Phoenix.

The required internship component of the program allows students to gain practical experiences leading to professional positions in various travel, tourism and related fields. Exposure to the practices of heritage tourism, sustainable tourism, resort management, and meeting and convention planning prepares students for successful careers in the travel and tourism industry. While pursuing the bachelor's degree in tourism development and management, a student may also choose to complete a certificate in convention sales and meeting planning. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program.

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Tourism Development and Management, BS

Required Courses

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Application requirements

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Career outlook

The travel and tourism industry is the largest employer in the world and the second largest in Arizona. Based upon interests, graduates can seek work in the public, nonprofit or private and commercial sectors. Graduates find employment in such diverse settings as resorts, meeting planning, convention and visitor bureaus, tour operations and commercial recreation businesses. In such settings, graduates design, develop and manage services that address the needs of a particular clientele. The metropolitan Phoenix area is a major hub of tourism in the southwestern U.S. and has experienced rapid growth in:

  • air transportation
  • business and corporate travel
  • gaming and casinos
  • meetings and conventions
  • resorts and hotels
  • sports tourism
  • state and national parks

Example careers

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:


Career*growth*median salary
Chief Executives-3.9%$183,270
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 10.9%$48,290
Lodging Managers4%$51,800
General and Operations Managers 9.1%$100,410
Administrative Services Managers 10.1%$94,020
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 10.4%$111,280
Food Service Managers9%$52,030
Travel Agents-11.7%$36,990
Urban and Regional Planners 12.8%$71,490

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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