Suggestions for students who want to plan events such as:
* fundraising dinners, run/walk events, silent auctions and sales, receptions and tastings
* ceremonies, ribbon cuttings, tours and open houses, commemorative events
* celebrations, reunions, fairs, festivals
* weddings, galas, balls
* informative events, training, orientation, benefits fairs, health fairs
* meetings, retreats, conferences
These events can be done for nonprofit organizations, corporations, hotels, resorts,
and event management firms.
A minor in Entrepreneurship is highly recommended if you want to own an event planning business. You might also consider the Meeting and Event Planning Certificate Program at Belmont University in Nashville. Other recommended minors are Management or Marketing.
Be sure to check out the web site of the Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville. This web site has job postings for fundraisers, event planners, and other staff for nonprofit organizations in Tennessee.
Courses below seem to be best if your interest is in event planning; however, they are not required. You may take any of the courses approved for General Education and for the Cognate in the Organizational Communication major.
General Education - 41 hours
Suggestions for General Education: From among the 41 hours required in the General Education, we recommend specific courses in three areas which seem pertinent to special event planning.
Humanities and/or Fine Arts:
MUS 1030 Introduction to Music
ASTR 1030/1031 Exploring the Universe
CHEM 1030/1031 Chemistry for the Consumer
HLTH 1530 Health and Wellness
Organizational Communication major - 33 hours
Please talk to your advisor about requirements in the major.
Cognate - 18 hours
Please look over the Cognate list and choose courses that sound interesting and will help you with your career goals.
Electives - 28 hours
Suggestions for Electives: For your elective hours, we recommend you choose more courses listed in the Cognate or from the following list.