Student Highlight

Leah Joyner, MS-STLeah Joyner

Leah's passion for food and agritourism inspired the second year MS-ST student to co-host (with Dr. Carol Kline) the Sustainable Farm Tour this past year in the Greenbriar Valley of West Virginia. Leah recently gave her mid-semester presentation on the experience. This is one presentation you will not want to miss out on! View it now!!

As pictured above, Leah also has a profound passion for photography. Her work is amazing and you can view her collection here.


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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