Alumni Highlight

Erin Green Erin Green, Alumni highlight

Erin Green, 2013 alumni, is on the path to a very successful career. This is what she had to say about her current position and her MS-ST program experiences:

“I have just completed my first six months working as an associate at McCabe World Travel in McLean, Virginia, just out of the Washington DC metro area. We are a full service travel agency that specializes in both international and domestic travel. As a member of t he Virtuoso luxury travel consortium, we have preferred relationships with hotels, tour operators, and cruise lines around the world and are able to offer exclusive benefits and amenities, as well as unique travel experiences to our clients. It has been both interesting and exciting to see that sustainability takes an important role in much of the luxury hotel market. Nearly every representative for the various hotels or tour operators that come to speak to us mentions the efforts their property makes in sourcing locally, whether it be food, decor for the hotel, or hiring local community members, and the environmental initiatives their property features. The travel industry clearly understands the importance of sustainability in tourism and I am very pleased to be starting out at a time when an issue so important to me is in focus. My degree in Sustainable Tourism brings me to the table with a very unique perspective which has already provided me with exciting opportunities in my role at McCabe and I look forward to seeing how it will open more doors in the future!“


The degree program requires a minimum of 34 (thesis option) to 37 (non-thesis option) semester hours. These include courses in the common core made up of required courses, research methods, and directed electives. 

Common Core

MS-ST 2 year plan

 Research Methods (6 s.h)- Possible courses listed below, but this is not an exhaustive list

  • SOCI 6212, 6213 Social Statistics (3)
  • RCLS 6300 Statistics and Analysis in Health and Human Performance (3)
  • ECON 6301 Econometrics I (3)
  • PSYC 6430 Statistics and Research Design (3)
  • RCLS 6110 Research Methods in Recreational Therapy and Recreational Leisure Services (3)
  • GEOG 6150 Quantitative Methods in Geography (3)
  • OMGT 6213 Operations and Supply Chain Management (3)
  • PLAN 6301 GIS and CAD Application for Planning (3)

Directed Electives- Choose a minimum of 9 s.h. electives from approved listing of elective courses.

Courses Offered in MS-ST Program

SUTO 6000. Principles of Tourism and Sustainability (3 s.h.)

Theories of tourism and sustainable tourism; local and global applications of sustainable tourism practices.

SUTO 6100. Environmental Systems and Sustainability (3 s.h.)

Integration of environmental science in sustainability and tourism; emphasis on environmental systems impacts and tourism; causes and consequences of environmental change.

SUTO 6200. Development and Management of Sustainable Tourism (3 s.h.)

P: Admission to the graduate program or consent of instructor. Socially and environmentally responsible business practices in sustainable tourism.

SUTO 6300. Policy and Planning of Sustainable Tourism (3 s.h.)

P: Admission to the graduate program or consent of instructor. Public policy issues and planning; strategies crucial to sustainable tourism.

SUTO 6400. Sustainable Tourism Internship (Non-Thesis Option) (3 s.h.)

P: SUTO 6000 or consent of program director. Application of advanced sustainable concepts within a community or industrial setting.

SUTO 6600. Study Abroad in International Sustainable Tourism and Management (3 s.h.)

P: Consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 s.h. Sustainable management of natural and cultural resources in international settings.

SUTO 6610. Sustainable Tourism Field Studies in Regional and National Settings (1, 2, 3 s.h.)

P: Consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 s.h. Sustainable tourism principles and practices in regional and national settings.

SUTO 6700. Research Seminar in Sustainable Tourism (1 s.h.)

P: Consent of the Graduate Program Director. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 s.h. Review and critique of current research, methods, theory, best practices, and/or applied projects.

SUTO 6710. Special Topics in Sustainable Tourism (1, 2, 3 s.h.)

P: Graduate standing. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 s.h. New or advanced topics in an area of specialization within sustainable tourism.

SUTO 6900. Independent Study in Sustainable Tourism (1, 2, 3 s.h.)

P: Consent of Graduate Program Director. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 s.h. Analysis of specific problems and issues in sustainable tourism.

SUTO 7000. Thesis (Thesis Option) (1-6 s.h.)

May be repeated. May count a maximum of 6 s.h.


Sustainable Tourism | Program Requirements

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