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Graduate Catalog 2012-13


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Center for Sustainable Tourism


Patrick T. Long, Director, RW-208A Rivers Building

The Center for Sustainable Tourism emphasizes analyses of tourism's net impact on economic, natural, and social issues to quantify such impacts, ascertain potential tradeoffs, and identify synergy among these dimensions of sustainable tourism. While many opportunities exist to promote economic, environmental, and social objectives simultaneously, it is also often necessary to make choices between them, especially in the short term. As planning horizons lengthen, protecting and enhancing the environment and socio-cultural objectives become more important in sustaining economic growth. Over time these three dimensions of sustainability, often referred to as the "Triple Bottom Line," reinforce each other by creating long-term approaches that simultaneously promote better jobs, higher profits, better natural environments, and stronger social/cultural dimensions.

MS in Sustainable Tourism

Patrick T. Long, Interim Graduate Program Director, RW-208A Rivers Building

The MS in sustainable tourism is managed by the Center for Sustainable Tourism with oversight from an interdisciplinary faculty advisory committee. The sustainable tourism degree is designed for individuals interested in the tourism profession with a focus on sustainability as it applies to economic success, social and cultural vitality, environmental conservation, and long term health. The MS in sustainable tourism prepares students for managerial or regulatory positions in the profession and for relevant PhD programs.

The degree program requires a minimum of 34 (thesis) to 37 (non-thesis) semester hours. These include courses in the common core made up of required courses, research methods, and directed electives. Directed electives are chosen, in consultation with the student’s advisor, from a range of disciplines which provide exposure to the examination of economic, social and environmental issues from a variety of perspectives. The listing of directed electives can be obtained from the director of the program. Students selecting the non-thesis option complete electives including at least three credits of independent study or directed research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Other electives should be carefully chosen to enhance professional success within an area of the industry.

Common Core
Required SUTO 6000, 6100, 6300, 6700 - 13 s.h.
Research Methods - 6 s.h.
Choose a minimum of 6 s.h. (CRM 6200, ECON 6301, GEOG 6150, OMGT 6123, PLAN 6301, PSYC 6430, RCLS 6110, RCLS 6300, SOCI 6212, SOCI 6213, SOCI 6488, SOCI 6500)
Directed Electives - 9 s.h.
Choose a minimum of 9 s.h. electives from approved listing of courses.
Thesis Option
SUTO 7000 - 6 s.h.
Non-thesis Option
Independent study, research, internship - 3 s.h.
Complete directed study, research, internship under faculty mentor.
Electives - 6 s.h.