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Tourism Management (Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies, B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Studies with a concentration in Tourism Management prepares students for careers as professionals working in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry, as well as festival and event planning. Students have the opportunity to take several American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute courses in which they can take earn a certificate upon successful completion of a final exam.

Tourism Management (Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies, B.S.)


Description


What is Tourism Management at ODU like?

The Bachelor of Science in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Studies with a concentration in Tourism Management prepares students for careers as professionals working in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry, as well as festival and event planning. Students have the opportunity to take several American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute courses in which they can take earn a certificate upon successful completion of a final exam.

Program Highlights


What makes Tourism Management at ODU unique?

  • Tourism Management students engage in service learning activities such as volunteering with the Virginia International Tattoo Festival and other area events

  • Students gain industry experience through a practicum with a travel or tourism organization before their final internship

  • Students have the opportunity to take classes with industry professionals who have years of experience planning and executing meetings, festivals, and events.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?
  • Meeting, Convention & Event Planner
  • Lodging Manager
  • Amusement Park Manager
  • Sales & Marketing Coordinator for Visitors' Bureau

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Virginia Arts Festival, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Gold Key Resorts, Norfolk Botanical Gardens  

Courses


What are some courses offered in Tourism Management at ODU?

PRTS 271:
Introduction to Tourism Management


This course is designed to present an introduction to the development of the tourism |airline, cruise, rail, and hotel) industry. Emphasis is placed on historical and technological development, the different components of the industry, and career opportunities in tourism.

PRTS 441:
Marketing of Hospitality Services


This course is designed to introduce students to theories and concepts related to successful service-oriented tourism and recreation businesses. It provides a solid foundation in the important aspects of hospitality/tourism operations, including human resources, guest services, psychographics, demographics, marketing and the assessment of industry needs. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

PRTS 491:
Festival and Event Management


This course will introduce students to the growing profession of events management. Specific focus will be on knowledge that encompasses the management of public assembly for the purpose of celebration, education, marketing and reunions. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Tourism Management at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Tourism Management should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Have completed 12 semester hours of course work (including ENGL 110C) with a grade point average of 2.00. Have a personal interview with a faculty member in the program.
Complete a background check to ensure eligibility for service learning experiences with youth.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Lindsay Usher


Location:

2019 STUDENT RECREATION CTR, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-7056


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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