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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.


What We're Doing

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

Undergraduate

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.

Graduate

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.

Tourism and Hospitality Management, B.S.

Health and Human Performance 
615-494-8648
Elizabeth Whalen, program coordinator
Elizabeth.Whalen@mtsu.edu

The Tourism and Hospitality Management (THM) degree offers preparation 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. THM students can choose from three specializations: tourism management, hospitality management, and event planning.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Tourism and Hospitality Management, B.S., Academic Map 

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hoursMajor Requirements52 hours     Major Courses   25 hours     THM Upper-Division   15 hours     Internship   12 hoursMinor15-18 hoursElectives9-12 hoursTOTAL120 hours

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (25 hours)

  • THM 3100 - Introduction to the Tourism and Hospitality Industry

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the structure and scope of the travel/tourism and hospitality industry, the largest national employment base in private industry. The tourism and hospitality industry encompasses lodging, travel, tourism, recreation, amusements, attractions, resorts, restaurants, and food and beverage service. Provides knowledge and skills for industry standards to ensure students prepared to complete in this multifaceted industry.

  • THM 4110 - Tourism and Hospitality Planning and Development

    3 credit hours

    Explores various dimensions of the role tourism plays in community and regional development. Discusses the theories and practices regarding tourism supply and demand, economic impact, tourism structure and policy, environmental and social considerations, travel and tourism research. Specific attention given to sustainability of the community and industry and the examination of the dynamics between social or economic development and the quality of life for the residents.

  • THM 4210 - Service Design and Delivery in Tourism and Hospitality Management

    3 credit hours

    Introduces students to a myriad of concerns, issues, and objectives found when managing service operations in the tourism and hospitality industry; provides a look into the decision-making process for improved organization operations. Reviews designing and delivering service to internal and external customers through basic principles of service management, service environment, and interactions.

  • THM 4300 - Issues and Trends in Tourism and Hospitality Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: THM 3100. Examines current critical issues facing the hospitality and tourism industry. Through examination, students will assess the implications and impacts of these trends and issues as well as develop an understanding for how to manage, utilize, mitigate, and develop their outcomes.  

  • THM 4400 - Capstone in Tourism and Hospitality Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: THM 3100 and THM 4210. Focuses on understanding and analyzing managerial decisions and actions that determine and influence the long-run direction and performance of an organization through looking at objectives, developing appropriate plans, and finding and allocating resources.

  • LSTS 4660 - Research and Evaluation of Leisure, Sport, and Tourism

    3 credit hours

    Research and evaluation procedures and techniques applicable to assessing leisure, sport, and tourism service programs, participants, administrative structures, and resources. Emphasis on beginning and completing a "real-world" evaluation project.

  • LSTS 4890 - Senior Seminar in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: LSTS 3010 and LSTS 3530. Review of philosophy and professional ethics of leisure, sport, and tourism services. Self assessment of student's strengths, limitations, and career aspirations. Preparation of reference files, letters, and resumes. Identification of, application to, and acceptance by department-approved agencies for completion of internship.

THM Specializations (15 hours)

Tourism Management

  • THM 4100 - Destination Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: THM 3100. Examines both economic and marketing aspects of the tourism destination management and related principles and theories.

  • MKT 3900 - Social Media Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission into the College of Business. Direct marketing and its strategic use in the development of an integrated marketing communications plan. Topics include traditional direct marketing techniques such as direct mail, broadcast and print media, and telemarketing; Web-based marketing; and technology's impact on direct marketing communications techniques.

  • Approved electives 6 credit hours

 

  • THM 4220 - International Tourism  3 credit hours  
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    THM 4220 - International Tourism

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FL 4220.) Examines international travel and tourism issues and trends, travel challenges, demand, popular destinations, safety, and international travel and tourism organizations. Utilizes current international tourism statistics to identify and analyze current industry trends. 

  • LSTS 4850 - Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Leisure and Tourism

    3 credit hours

    An in-depth study of the leisure experience in other (non-U.S.) cultures through onsite observations; visits to cultural/historic sites; and interactions with managers and staff at selected parks, museums, attractions, and world heritage sites.

Hospitality Management

  • THM 4200 - Principles of Lodging and Food and Beverage

    3 credit hours

    In-depth examination of the principles, theories, and practices related to lodging and food and beverage (F&B) business operation. Covers managerial practice, marketing, human resources, budgeting, and career components of hotel/lodging, resorts, restaurants, catering, and food and beverage services in the hospitality industry.

  • NFS 4100 - Food Service Management for Culinary Arts

    3 credit hours

    Explores the management process of the food service industry. Areas of study include food and beverage operations, facility design, food service marketing, menu planning, and nutritional concerns. 

  • THM 4140 - Food and Spirits Tourism

    3 credit hours

    Familiarizes students with how food, wine, beer, and spirits tourism industries diverge, and indeed converge, across a range of economic, technical, cultural, geographic, and vocational factors.

  • Approved electives 6 credit hours

Event Planning

  • BCED 4300 - Professional Meeting, Event, Exhibition, and Convention (MEEC) Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business. Introduces students to the meetings, events, exhibitions, and conventions (MEEC) industry.  Explores the core issues of the MEEC industry from the fundamentals to the contemporary trends.

  • LSTS 3560 - Field Studies in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: LSTS 3010 and LSTS 3530. Provides an opportunity for supervised practical application of classroom theory in professional leisure, sports, and tourism field work. LSTS majors only.

  • THM 4350 - Special Event Planning

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the planning and administration of special events to include weddings, ceremonies, festivals, and concerts. Explores the social, political, economic, cultural, religious, and historical influences on special event decision-making. Reviews practices relevant to successful special events and consultancy for diverse clientele and settings. Offers understanding of the history, theoretical foundations, key intricacies of special events, the role of the planner, industry standards and trends, and career opportunities.

  • Approved electives 6 credit hours

No Specialization

  • Approved electives 15 credit hours

Internship (12 hours)

Choose one from the following:

  • THM 4904 - Internship in Tourism Management

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Departmental approval; senior standing; minimum 2.25 GPA; LSTS 3010 or THM 3100, LSTS 3530, and LSTS 4890. Provides practical experience. Students assigned to a field experience to spend an entire semester or two summer sessions in on-the-job training with a tourism agency. Students will work or volunteer 40 hours per week with an agency for a minimum of 480 hours of contact time.

  • THM 4905 - Internship in Hospitality Management

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Departmental approval; minimum 2.25 GPA; THM 3100, THM 4110, THM 4200, THM 4210, LSTS 3530, and LSTS 4890. Provides practical experience. Students assigned to a field experience to spend an entire semester or two summer sessions in on-the-job training with a lodging and/or food and beverage agency. Students will work or volunteer 40 hours per week with an agency for a minimum of 480 hours of contact time for duration of course.

  • THM 4906 - Internship in Event Planning

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Departmental approval; minimum 2.25 GPA; THM 3100, THM 3110, THM 3390, THM 3530, THM 4100, THM 4210, THM 4200, LSTS 4660, and LSTS 4890. Provides practical experience. Students assigned to a field experience to spend an entire semester or two summer sessions in on-the-job training in event planning. Students will work or volunteer 40 hours per week with an agency for a minimum of 480 hours of contact time for duration of course.

Minor (15-18 hours)

Choose a minor in Business Administration Minor or Entrepreneurship Minor.

Electives (9-12 hours)

Curriculum: Tourism and Hospitality Management

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 6 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • THM 3100 - Introduction to the Tourism and Hospitality Industry

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the structure and scope of the travel/tourism and hospitality industry, the largest national employment base in private industry. The tourism and hospitality industry encompasses lodging, travel, tourism, recreation, amusements, attractions, resorts, restaurants, and food and beverage service. Provides knowledge and skills for industry standards to ensure students prepared to complete in this multifaceted industry.

  • Minor 3 credit hours
  • THM UD course 3 credit hours
  • THM 4210 - Service Design and Delivery in Tourism and Hospitality Management

    3 credit hours

    Introduces students to a myriad of concerns, issues, and objectives found when managing service operations in the tourism and hospitality industry; provides a look into the decision-making process for improved organization operations. Reviews designing and delivering service to internal and external customers through basic principles of service management, service environment, and interactions.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Minor 3 credit hours
  • THM 4110 - Tourism and Hospitality Planning and Development

    3 credit hours

    Explores various dimensions of the role tourism plays in community and regional development. Discusses the theories and practices regarding tourism supply and demand, economic impact, tourism structure and policy, environmental and social considerations, travel and tourism research. Specific attention given to sustainability of the community and industry and the examination of the dynamics between social or economic development and the quality of life for the residents.

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Junior Fall

  • THM 4300 - Issues and Trends in Tourism and Hospitality Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: THM 3100. Examines current critical issues facing the hospitality and tourism industry. Through examination, students will assess the implications and impacts of these trends and issues as well as develop an understanding for how to manage, utilize, mitigate, and develop their outcomes.  

  • THM UD course 3 credit hours
  • THM open-advised elective 3 credit hours
  • Minor 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • THM 4400 - Capstone in Tourism and Hospitality Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: THM 3100 and THM 4210. Focuses on understanding and analyzing managerial decisions and actions that determine and influence the long-run direction and performance of an organization through looking at objectives, developing appropriate plans, and finding and allocating resources.

  • THM open-advised elective 3 credit hours
  • THM UD course 3 credit hours
  • Minor 3 credit hours
  • Minor/elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • LSTS 4890 - Senior Seminar in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: LSTS 3010 and LSTS 3530. Review of philosophy and professional ethics of leisure, sport, and tourism services. Self assessment of student's strengths, limitations, and career aspirations. Preparation of reference files, letters, and resumes. Identification of, application to, and acceptance by department-approved agencies for completion of internship.

  • LSTS 4660 - Research and Evaluation of Leisure, Sport, and Tourism

    3 credit hours

    Research and evaluation procedures and techniques applicable to assessing leisure, sport, and tourism service programs, participants, administrative structures, and resources. Emphasis on beginning and completing a "real-world" evaluation project.

  • Electives 9 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Senior Spring

  • THM 4904 - Internship in Tourism Management  12 credit hours  
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    THM 4904 - Internship in Tourism Management

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Departmental approval; senior standing; minimum 2.25 GPA; LSTS 3010 or THM 3100, LSTS 3530, and LSTS 4890. Provides practical experience. Students assigned to a field experience to spend an entire semester or two summer sessions in on-the-job training with a tourism agency. Students will work or volunteer 40 hours per week with an agency for a minimum of 480 hours of contact time.

  • THM 4905 - Internship in Hospitality Management  12 credit hours  
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    OR 

    THM 4905 - Internship in Hospitality Management

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Departmental approval; minimum 2.25 GPA; THM 3100, THM 4110, THM 4200, THM 4210, LSTS 3530, and LSTS 4890. Provides practical experience. Students assigned to a field experience to spend an entire semester or two summer sessions in on-the-job training with a lodging and/or food and beverage agency. Students will work or volunteer 40 hours per week with an agency for a minimum of 480 hours of contact time for duration of course.

  • THM 4906 - Internship in Event Planning

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Departmental approval; minimum 2.25 GPA; THM 3100, THM 3110, THM 3390, THM 3530, THM 4100, THM 4210, THM 4200, LSTS 4660, and LSTS 4890. Provides practical experience. Students assigned to a field experience to spend an entire semester or two summer sessions in on-the-job training in event planning. Students will work or volunteer 40 hours per week with an agency for a minimum of 480 hours of contact time for duration of course.

Subtotal: 12 Hours

Contact Information

Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
Elizabeth.Whalen@mtsu.edu
615-494-8648 | AMG 208

Who is My Advisor?

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Sarah.Fossett@mtsu.edu
615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

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Crystal.Ellis@mtsu.edu
615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

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615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

Judy Monroe (S-Z)
Judy.Monroe@mtsu.edu
615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

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