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Are you ready to join a growing industry with rewarding work and opportunities to see the world? The Tourism and Hospitality Management program at MTSU offers the chance to join one of the biggest and fastest growing industries with career opportunities in travel and tourism, hotels and restaurants, events, and so much more. With the wide number of opportunities in this field, you are sure to get a return on your investment and do what you love.

This specialized degree combines basic business principles such as accounting, human resources, marketing, and management within the perspective of the greater service sector. The tourism and hospitality industry is a multi-trillion dollar industry with over 313 million jobs worldwide. This program is designed to give students a competitive edge for a fulfilling career through studies in food and beverage and lodging management, tourism and hospitality marketing, revenue management, operational design, strategic decision making, tourism planning and development, and so much more.

MTSU's Tourism and Hospitality Management program was recently ranked No. 19 for the Best Affordable Hospitality Management Degree by University HQ


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Ashley Conser

As a junior, student starts first THM student organization

As a junior, Ashley Conser started the first THM student organization, which is the first-ever student chapter of the Southeast Tourism Society, a major networking organization for tourism professionals in the region. She served on the student chapter’s executive board as president where she had opportunities to not only connect with her fellow classmates but also received mentorship from the sitting STS president, Monica Smith. Through her experience starting the student organization, Ashley was able to gain invaluable experience interacting with industry professionals and honing her skills in leadership. Ashley was also invited to the annual Connections Conference in 2021 where she met with the STS executive and general boards to present about the MTSU student chapter and create relationships for future personal career opportunities. About this experience, Ashley says, “Without these experiences that have been fostered by the THM program, I would not have been able to gain this knowledge and these business life skills.” After graduation, Ashley plans to pursue a career in tourism through a DMO, travel company, or travel operator. 

Student prepares for future in event planning while helping classmates

Student prepares for future in event planning while helping classmates

Dominique Diallo took every advantage available during her time in the Tourism and Hospitality Management program at MTSU. Graduating in the Spring of 2021, Dominique says her experience at MTSU has set her up for future success. Dominique helped plan the first-ever Tourism, Hospitality, Leisure, Sports, and Events Career Fair as a part of her Field Study course. She invested her time in learning applicable skills for a career in event planning which she deemed “priceless.” “I am very proud of what I accomplished and what the potential outcome was going to be. The planning process was a lot of fun and taught me I can do anything I set in my mind to achieve as long as I am never afraid to ask for help and don't give up.” Dominique is pursuing a career as an event planner after graduation. 


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The tourism and hospitality industry is a multi-trillion dollar industry with over 313 million jobs worldwide. Utilizing experiential learning and corporate connections in Nashville, Tennessee, 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 food and beverage management, lodging and resort operations, travel and tourism services, event planning, tourism and hospitality marketing, revenue management, operational design, strategic decision making, tourism planning and development, and so much more.

Tourism and Hospitality Management

  • Airlines/transportation manager
  • Alcohol distributor
  • Chambers of Commerce administrator
  • Comptroller
  • Convention and conference planner
  • Cruise ship director
  • Director of sales
  • Distribution and sales lead
  • General manager
  • Hotel manager
  • Hotel owner and operator
  • Human resources manager
  • Infrastructure and facility manager
  • Marketing manager/director
  • Meeting and convention planner
  • Recreation and vacation director
  • Resort and spa management
  • Restaurant manager
  • Restaurant owner and operator
  • Special events planner
  • Theme or amusement park manager/director
  • Tourism planning and development
  • Tour guide/operator
  • Travel and tourism manager
  • Travel agent/counselor
  • Travel and tourism research and education
  • Wedding and venue manager
  • Winery sales and service manager

Undergraduate

Undergraduates in Tourism and Hospitality Management earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a general core. Students may specialize in Tourism, Hospitality Management, or Event Planning. 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, Sport, and Tourism Management. Masters students select either Recreation and Leisure Services or Sport Industry as their concentration. Graduates may also pursue a /programs/human-performance-phd/index.php with a specialization in leisure and sport management, exercise science, health, or physical education.

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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.

Accelerated Bachelors/Masters (ABM) Program

High achieving students majoring in Tourism and Hospitality Management who intend to pursue a master's degree in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Management may apply to participate in the Accelerated Bachelors/Masters (ABM) pathway. The pathway allows undergraduate students an opportunity to complete select requirements for both the bachelor's and master's degrees simultaneously. Upon successful completion of the ABM pathway, students must submit an application (including application fee) to the graduate program. Additional application requirements will be waived, and the student will be admitted to the program automatically. For more information about the ABM pathway, see the Graduate Catalog.

Academic Map

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

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

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements52 hours
     Major Courses   25 hours
     THM Upper-Division   12 hours
     Major Electives   9 hours
     Work Experience   6 hours
Minor15-18 hours
Electives9-12 hours
TOTAL120 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 (52 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 3110 - Tourism 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 3210 - 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 3350 - Event Planning  3 credit hours  

    THM 3350 - Event Planning

    3 credit hours

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

  • 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 3210. 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.

  • THM 3600 - Professional Development

    3 credit hours

    Provides professional development preparation to help students obtain quality work experiences during their college career and help prepare students for post-graduation employment within the tourism and hospitality industry.

THM Specializations (12 hours)

Tourism Management

  • LSTS 4580 - Seminar: Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Issues

    3 credit hours

    Increases awareness of the importance of environmental considerations when planning, managing, or administering outdoor recreation programs. Includes environmental issues and methods of seeking solutions to environmental problems.

  • THM 3250 - Destination Management

    3 credit hours

    Examines both economic and marketing aspects of the tourism destination management and related principles and theories.

  • 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.

 

  • 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 to 6 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 3200 - Principles of Lodging

    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. 

  • MGMT 3810 - Human Resource Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission to the College of Business. An introduction to the management of human resources, including strategic human resource management, diversity and inclusion, employment law, talent acquisition and management, compensation, training and development, employee and labor relations, performance management, and health/safety/security.

 

  • THM 4167 - Hospitality Revenue Management  3 credit hours  
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    THM 4167 - Hospitality Revenue Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: THM 3200. Provides the principles of revenue management including demand management, pricing strategies, distribution channels, market segmentation, forecasting, strategic decision making, discounting, and profit optimization.

  • THM 4267 - Hospitality Technology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: THM 3100 and THM 3210. Designed for a non-technical audience interested in pursuing careers in tourism and hospitality. Provides a foundation and awareness of technology used in the industry and the subsequent technology decisions and operations necessary to run tourism and hospitality organizations.

Event Planning

  • 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.

  • MGMT 3810 - Human Resource Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission to the College of Business. An introduction to the management of human resources, including strategic human resource management, diversity and inclusion, employment law, talent acquisition and management, compensation, training and development, employee and labor relations, performance management, and health/safety/security.

  • MKT 3900 - Social Media Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission into the College of Business; junior standing. Discover how to leverage the power of social media to impact an organization at various levels. Focuses on crafting quality content to execute a successful marketing strategy. Gain real-world experience in identifying an audience, content development, increasing user engagement, follower acquisition, social media advertising, influencer marketing, social media analytics, and measuring the return on investment (ROI). 

No Specialization

  • Approved electives chosen only in consultation with advisor 12 credit hours

Approved Major Electives (9 hours)

  • ACTG 2110 - Principles of Accounting I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Financial accounting for proprietorships and partnerships with emphasis on the accounting cycle for service and merchandising organizations. Additional topics include accounting for receivables; inventories; property, plant, and equipment; and current liabilities. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 3000.)

  • ACTG 2120 - Principles of Accounting II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ACTG 2110. A continuation of financial accounting concepts with emphasis on debt and equity structures, the statement of cash flows, and ratio analysis. Managerial accounting topics include job, standard- and activity-based costing, cost/volume/profit (CVP) analysis, and budgeting. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 2125 or ACTG 3000.) [Same as TBR Community Colleges ACCT 1020.]

  • ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Accounting cycle given minor emphasis; financial statement analysis and managerial uses of accounting given major emphasis. May be used for general business minors or M.B.A. candidates who have had no previous accounting courses. (Not open to Accounting majors and students with credit in ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120.)

  • AGBS 4115 - Agritourism  3 credit hours  

    AGBS 4115 - Agritourism

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 2130 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on any activity, enterprise, or business that combines primary elements and characteristics of Tennessee agriculture and tourism and provides an experience for visitors that stimulates economic activity and impacts both farm and community income.

  • BLAW 3400 - Legal Environment of Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and potential liabilities of business persons. Presentation of the dynamic nature of law in responding to the changing social, ethical, political, regulatory, and international environment. Includes the development and nature of the legal system; business crimes; the law of torts and product liability; constitutional limitations on regulatory powers; legislative, judicial, and administrative control of business activity through the laws of business organizations, securities regulations, antitrust laws, employment laws, labor and safety laws, and consumer protection.

  • COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2100 and COMM 2140. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

  • COMM 3650 - Conflict in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COMM 2300; sophomore standing. Explores the role of communication in conflict management/resolution between or among individuals and groups. Also examines third party interventions (such as mediation and negotiation) and workplace policies (such as theft and employee assistance programs).

  • ENTR 2900 - Entrepreneurship  3 credit hours  

    ENTR 2900 - Entrepreneurship

    3 credit hours

    Theories and practices of starting and operating an entrepreneurial business. Topics include idea generation, opportunity recognition, feasibility analysis, business plan development, competitor analysis, new venture team building, start-up marketing, and growth strategies.

  • FERM 2500 - Wine Appreciation

    3 credit hours

    The fundamentals of wine appreciation, wine label interpretation, and wine judging. Students will evaluate wine products and must be 21 years of age to enroll. Lecture/lab.

  • FIN 3000 - Survey of Finance  3 credit hours  

    FIN 3000 - Survey of Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Will not substitute for FIN 3010. An overview of the fundamental concepts and tools for financial decision making within a business firm. (Not open to business majors.)

  • FIN 3040 - Entrepreneurial Financial Management

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ENTR 3040.) Prerequisites: ENTR 2900; junior standing. Focuses on tools, processes, systems, and practices used by entrepreneurs to manage resources. Specific focus on cash budgeting, working capital management, sources of capital, and financial analysis/forecasting for the small business/startup

  • GS 4150 - Ecotourism, Geotourism, and Sustainable Development

    3 credit hours

    In-depth examination of ecotourism (low-impact study and travel), geotourism (human engagement with abiotic resources), and sustainable development (interaction with and preservation of the natural environment). Examines the role humans play in interpretation and preservation of our natural and cultural surroundings from local, regional, and global perspectives. Requires field component(s). (Offered upon sufficient demand)

  • LSTS 4120 - Community Development through Leisure, Sport, and Tourism

    3 credit hours

    Explores and utilizes sustainable practices to assess, develop, implement, and evaluate tourism's potential contribution to, or detraction from, the quality of life for communities. Examines economic, environmental, socio-cultural, and political impacts on community tourism development within the community tourism development context.

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

    3 to 6 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.

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

  • MGMT 3730 - Management of Innovation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior level; MGMT 3620; and admission to the Jones College of Business. Technologies for products and services, learning from failure, idea generation/screening, management structures that promote innovation, as well as cost justification of new technologies. Examines the management of the process of forecasting, acquiring, and integrating emerging technologies into the firm's products/services and processes. Typical innovation areas include rapid prototyping/small lot production, last mile delivery, distribution, safety and productivity, entertainment/training, and medical. Course structure may vary.

     

  • MGMT 3810 - Human Resource Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission to the College of Business. An introduction to the management of human resources, including strategic human resource management, diversity and inclusion, employment law, talent acquisition and management, compensation, training and development, employee and labor relations, performance management, and health/safety/security.

  • MGMT 3940 - Ethical Leadership in Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission to the College of Business. Focuses on individual actions required of ethical organization members and how a leader can use organizational factors to lead an ethical organization. Goal is to sharpen skills in areas including values alignment, ethical decision making, creating an ethical organizational culture, developing a strategic approach to social responsibility, and leading with empathy by considering different perspectives of right/wrong and the impact business decisions have on various stakeholders through the lens of current events.

  • MGMT 4000 - Not-for-Profit Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610; junior or senior standing; and admission to the College of Business. Explores management theories and practices that impact effective management of organizations in the not-for-profit sector.

     

  • MGMT 4200 - Leadership in Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission to the College of Business. Explores the entire leadership process through comprehensive considerations of key leader, follower, and contextual factors. Topics include individual leader traits and behaviors, the leader-follower relationship, leaders' roles in shaping organizational culture, and ethical leadership. Encourages students to be reflective of their current leadership capabilities and of opportunities for growth.

  • MKT 3200 - Marketing for Entrepreneurs

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENTR 2900; admission into College of Business; junior standing. Applied study of marketing skills necessary to create a new business venture. Students will gain experience completing various marketing tasks that are important to new business startups.

  • MKT 3820 - Principles of Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Survey of the functions, processes, and institutions involved in the distribution of consumer and industrial goods and services. Decision making in marketing management introduced.

  • MKT 3900 - Social Media Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission into the College of Business; junior standing. Discover how to leverage the power of social media to impact an organization at various levels. Focuses on crafting quality content to execute a successful marketing strategy. Gain real-world experience in identifying an audience, content development, increasing user engagement, follower acquisition, social media advertising, influencer marketing, social media analytics, and measuring the return on investment (ROI). 

  • MKT 3910 - Consumer Behavior  3 credit hours  

    MKT 3910 - Consumer Behavior

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission into the College of Business; junior standing. Buyer behavior as an influence in marketing decisions; special attention given to the processes of motivation, perception, attitude, learning, and interaction.

  • NFS 4260 - Food Safety Issues from Production to Consumption

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AGRI 4850.) Issues impacting food production, food storage and transportation, food processing, and food consumption within food production facilities, the home, and food service facilities. Consumer concerns evaluated based on risk theory and scientific evaluation of safety, including decision-making through critical thinking. Food standards and regulations designed to improve safety of the food supply discussed.

  • NFS 4570 - Fundamentals of Culinary Arts

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FCSE 4570.) Fundamentals and basic concepts of culinary arts to include professionalism; mis en place; Escoffier's kitchen brigade system; tools and equipment; knife skills; preparation of sauces and stocks; principles of meat, fish, dairy, and vegetable cookery; garde manger; baking; and presentation of aesthetically appealing plates and buffets.

  • THM 3200 - Principles of Lodging

    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.

  • THM 3250 - Destination Management

    3 credit hours

    Examines both economic and marketing aspects of the tourism destination management and related principles and theories.

  • THM 4130 - Sport Tourism  3 credit hours  

    THM 4130 - Sport Tourism

    3 credit hours

    Familiarizes students with the sport tourism industry through exploration of sport in global society; sport event planning/execution/evaluation; spectatorship; the economic and political sport tourism landscape; and policy impacting, and impacted by, sport tourism.

  • 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.

  • THM 4167 - Hospitality Revenue Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: THM 3200. Provides the principles of revenue management including demand management, pricing strategies, distribution channels, market segmentation, forecasting, strategic decision making, discounting, and profit optimization.

  • 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. 

  • THM 4267 - Hospitality Technology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: THM 3100 and THM 3210. Designed for a non-technical audience interested in pursuing careers in tourism and hospitality. Provides a foundation and awareness of technology used in the industry and the subsequent technology decisions and operations necessary to run tourism and hospitality organizations.

  • THM 4909 - Internship in Tourism and Hospitality Management

    3 credit hours

    Three hundred (300) hours of work in tourism, hospitality, or events. Need rotational experience and/or management shadowing. Paid encouraged. May not be taken concurrently with THM 4907 or THM 4908. Must be taken after THM 4907. Must include either a new position within the same organization or a new organization compared to Work Experience I.

 

  • ENTR 4920 - Small Business Management  3 credit hours  
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    ENTR 4920 - Small Business Management

    3 credit hours

    (Same as MGMT 4920.) Prerequisites: MGMT 3610 or FIN 3040 or ENTR 3040 and admission to the College of Business. Analysis of problems and considerations involved in planning, organizing, and operating small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. Emphasis on environmental issues, growth strategies, process management activities, and human resource management.

  • MGMT 4920 - Small Business Management

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ENTR 4920.) Prerequisites: MGMT 3610 or FIN 3040 or ENTR 3040 and admission to the College of Business. Analysis of problems and considerations involved in planning, organizing, and operating small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. Emphasis on environmental issues, growth strategies, process management activities, and human resource management.

Work Experience (6 hours)

Choose two from the following:

  • THM 4907 - Work Experience I  3 credit hours  

    THM 4907 - Work Experience I

    3 credit hours

    Three hundred (300) hours of paid work in tourism, hospitality, or events. Pay exception available for nonprofit/not-for-profit organizations. May not be taken concurrently with THM 4908 or THM 4909. Pass/Fail.

  • THM 4908 - Work Experience II

    3 credit hours

    Three hundred (300) hours of paid work in tourism, hospitality, or events. Pay exception available for nonprofit/not-for-profit organizations. May not be taken concurrently with THM 4907 or THM 4909. Must be taken after THM 4907. Must include either a new position within the same organization or a new organization compared to Work Experience I.

  • THM 4909 - Internship in Tourism and Hospitality Management

    3 credit hours

    Three hundred (300) hours of work in tourism, hospitality, or events. Need rotational experience and/or management shadowing. Paid encouraged. May not be taken concurrently with THM 4907 or THM 4908. Must be taken after THM 4907. Must include either a new position within the same organization or a new organization compared to Work Experience I.

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  
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    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 to meet degree requirements.

  • 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. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of 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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    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. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the 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  
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    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

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
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    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  
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    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 to meet degree requirements.

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

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    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. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of 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. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the 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  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    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

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

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 - World Literatures  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - World Literatures

    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.

  • THM 3210 - 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 3250 - Destination Management

    3 credit hours

    Examines both economic and marketing aspects of the tourism destination management and related principles and theories.

  • Minor 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • THM 3110 - Tourism 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 3600 - Professional Development

    3 credit hours

    Provides professional development preparation to help students obtain quality work experiences during their college career and help prepare students for post-graduation employment within the tourism and hospitality industry.

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

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Junior Fall

  • THM 4907 - Work Experience I  3 credit hours  

    THM 4907 - Work Experience I

    3 credit hours

    Three hundred (300) hours of paid work in tourism, hospitality, or events. Pay exception available for nonprofit/not-for-profit organizations. May not be taken concurrently with THM 4908 or THM 4909. Pass/Fail.

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

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • THM 4908 - Work Experience II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    THM 4908 - Work Experience II

    3 credit hours

    Three hundred (300) hours of paid work in tourism, hospitality, or events. Pay exception available for nonprofit/not-for-profit organizations. May not be taken concurrently with THM 4907 or THM 4909. Must be taken after THM 4907. Must include either a new position within the same organization or a new organization compared to Work Experience I.

  • THM 4909 - Internship in Tourism and Hospitality Management

    3 credit hours

    Three hundred (300) hours of work in tourism, hospitality, or events. Need rotational experience and/or management shadowing. Paid encouraged. May not be taken concurrently with THM 4907 or THM 4908. Must be taken after THM 4907. Must include either a new position within the same organization or a new organization compared to Work Experience I.

 

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

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • THM 4400 - Capstone in Tourism and Hospitality Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: THM 3100 and THM 3210. 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
  • Minor 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 13 Hours

Senior Spring

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • THM UD course four 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Our adjunct faculty bring outstanding professional experience to our programs. Many are industry leaders with decorated careers and honors. Importantly, they are innovative educators who offer hands-on learning to our students to prepare them to enter and thrive in a dynamic, and oftentimes emerging, industry and professional world. They inspire, instruct, and challenge our students toward academic and professional success.

Transfer Students

Which courses will be accepted will be done on a case by case basis, however this is the standard

we will hold for all students in regards to number of accepted credits into the major.

We will accept a maximum of 9 credits transferred for core/specialization courses.

  • The ONLY core course that might be accepted is THM 3100 Intro to Tourism and Hospitality Industry. As this is a joint class about tourism and hospitality, we will require a syllabus and catalog description to ensure the course covers the necessary material.
  • Each specialization course must match in content or it will not count. This will be decided by the THM faculty.
  • If THM 3100 is counted, then the student could potentially also transfer two specialization classes.
  • If THM 3100 is not counted, then the student could potentially transfer three specialization classes.
  • There is no guarantee that all 9 credits will be accepted to transfer for the core/specialization courses.
  • The student must achieve a B or higher average in that particular class for it to be transferrable for the major.
  • Students can transfer as many electives as makes sense based on incoming credits.

THM Minor

Tourism and Hospitality Management Minor

Health and Human Performance 

The minor in Tourism and Hospitality Management requires 15 semester hours.

Required (9 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 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 3200 - Principles of Lodging

    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.

  • THM 3250 - Destination Management

    3 credit hours

    Examines both economic and marketing aspects of the tourism destination management and related principles and theories.

  • THM 3350 - Event Planning  3 credit hours  

    THM 3350 - Event Planning

    3 credit hours

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

Electives (6 hours)

  • THM 3110 - Tourism 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 3200 - Principles of Lodging

    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.

  • THM 3210 - 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 3250 - Destination Management

    3 credit hours

    Examines both economic and marketing aspects of the tourism destination management and related principles and theories.

  • THM 3350 - Event Planning  3 credit hours  

    THM 3350 - Event Planning

    3 credit hours

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

  • THM 4130 - Sport Tourism  3 credit hours  

    THM 4130 - Sport Tourism

    3 credit hours

    Familiarizes students with the sport tourism industry through exploration of sport in global society; sport event planning/execution/evaluation; spectatorship; the economic and political sport tourism landscape; and policy impacting, and impacted by, sport tourism.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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Contact Information

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

Who is My Advisor?

Sarah Fossett (A-D; L, P)
Sarah.Fossett@mtsu.edu
615-898-4818 | CKNB 201

Crystal Ellis (E-J; K, M, Q)
Crystal.Ellis@mtsu.edu
615-898-4810 | CKNB 201

Judy Monroe (S-Z; N, O,R)
Judy.Monroe@mtsu.edu
615-904-8494 | CKNB 201

Mailing Address

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MTSU Box 96
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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