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Do you love to travel, plan events, and/or have a natural tendency for hospitality? A multi-trillion dollar industry, supporting 1 in 10 jobs worldwide; that is over 322 million jobs and growing by about 5% every year! According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, by 2028, Travel & Tourism is forecasted to support 413,556,000 jobs (11.6% of total employment), a steady increase in employment opportunities each year. The Tourism and Hospitality Management major at Middle Tennessee State University offers three specialization areas: Tourism Management, Hospitality Management, and Event Planning. A minor in Business Administration or Entrepreneurship from the AACSB accredited College of Business is required for this degree, which equips you with business management knowledge and skills to be ready for the managerial positions. 

Working closely with industry partners in Nashville, Tennessee, and around the world, we ensure our graduates enter tourism and hospitality industry with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to be successful in their careers. The THM degree provides career opportunities that range from travel and tourism, to hotel and resorts, to conference and wedding planning….and everything in between.

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Brooke Culver in New Zealand

Graduate’s experience “doing what she loves” helps land jobs in wine tourism and global hospitality

Brooke Culver graduated from the Leisure, Sport and Tourism Studies program in 2018, and says her time in the program was incredibly valuable in setting her up for career success, allowing her to get hands-on experience across the world doing what she loves. Through an eco-tourism study abroad trip to New Zealand and a field study with Hilton hotels where she visited destinations like Spain, France, Italy and Hawaii, she was able to travel the world, experience new cultures, and get valuable work experience that she felt gave her an edge moving into the workforce.  After getting her undergraduate degree, Culver worked in the wine tourism industry at Tennessee-famed Arrington Vineyards and currently works for a property management firm in Nashville while studying to get her master’s degree in Leisure and Sport Management.

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Tourism and Hospitality Management is a multi-trillion-dollar industry that employs over 5 million people in the United States and supports about 313 million jobs internationally. Utilizing experiential learning and corporate connections in Nashville, TN, and surrounding communities, the Tourism and Hospitality (THM) major provides hands-on experience with unique professional exposure. The THM degree prepares students for a wide variety of careers such as travel and tourism services, food and beverage services, entertainment, concerts and festivals, travel transportation, hotel and resort industries, cruise industry, events and attractions, corporate travel, and event planning.

Tourism and Hospitality Management

  • Airlines/Transportation Managers
  • Casino Superintendents
  • Chambers of Commerce Administrator
  • Convention and Conference Planner
  • Cruise Ship Director
  • Curator
  • Hotel Management
  • Infrastructure and Facility Management
  • Meeting and Convention Planner
  • Recreation and vacation directors
  • Resort and Spa Management
  • Restaurant Management
  • Special Events Planner
  • Theme or Amusement Park Management
  • Tourism Planning and Development
  • Tour Guide/Operator
  • Travel and Tourism Management
  • Travel Agent/Counselor
  • Travel and Tourism Research and Education
  • Wedding and Venue Manager
  • Winery Sales and Service Manager

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Disney
  • Embassy Suites
  • Events by Riana
  • Hilton
  • InterContinental (Holiday Inn)
  • Marriott
  • Restaurants
  • Winery or Distillery


Tourism and Hospitality Management is a major leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a general core. Students may choose courses to specialize in one of three areas: tourism, hospitality, and event planning. Click here to see the upper division form. The THM degree requires a minor in Business Administration or Entrepreneurship.


The department also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a major in Leisure and Sport Management and two concentrations from which to choose: Recreation and Leisure Services and Sport Industry. A Ph.D. is available in Human Performance within which one can specialize in leisure and sport management.

Other specializations under the Ph.D. in Human Performance are exercise science, health, leisure and sport management, and physical education.

Please view the Academic Map for more information on program requirements.

Contact Information

Dr. I-Chun (Nicky) Wu
615-904-8293 | AMG 201

Who is My Advisor?

Sarah Fossett (A-D)
615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

Crystal Ellis (E-K)
615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

Dauthan Keener (L-R)
615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

Judy Monroe (S-Z)
615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

Mailing Address

Department of Health and Human Performance
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 96
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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