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

The Bachelor of Science in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Studies with a concentration in Tourism & Hospitality Management prepares students for careers as working in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry, as well as festival and event planning. Students take classes with experienced industry professionals, complete a practicum prior to their internship, and have the opportunity to attend conferences such as the VA-1 Tourism Summit and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance Conference.

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


Description


What is Tourism & Hospitality Management at ODU like?

The Bachelor of Science in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Studies with a concentration in Tourism & Hospitality Management prepares students for careers as working in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry, as well as festival and event planning. Students take classes with experienced industry professionals, complete a practicum prior to their internship, and have the opportunity to attend conferences such as the VA-1 Tourism Summit and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance Conference.

Program Highlights


What makes Tourism & Hospitality Management at ODU unique?

  • Tourism & Hospitality 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 & Hospitality Management at ODU?

PRTS 271:
Introduction to Tourism Management


This course is designed to present an introduction to the tourism industry. Emphasis is placed on historical and technological development within tourism, the different components of the industry |transportation, accommodations, attractions, events), and career opportunities in tourism, events, and hospitality.

PRTS 475:
Sustainable Tourism Management


This course examines the principles and practices of planning, marketing, and managing sustainable tourism. Assessment, development, and maintenance of sustainable tourism products are explored. 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 & Hospitality Management at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Tourism & Hospitality 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 2022-23 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:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

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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