Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Event and Recreation Management
The Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Event and Recreation Management program prepares students to develop, manage and deliver leisure services to a variety of populations in diverse settings and to become decision makers in private and public organizations while providing a foundation for students to pursue graduate studies. This program offers 2 different curriculums, or specializations for students to choose from based on their academic interests, career goals and academic capabilities.
Tourism, Event and Recreation Management students can select one of the following specializations:
To earn a Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Event and Recreation Management you must successfully complete 120 hours of prescribed course work. Professional core courses and specialization courses are taken during your last two years of work. A posting of the full list of courses and brief description are listed in the undergraduate catalog for the University of Florida. An overview of the required courses for the professional core is listed below.
Professional Core Courses:
Examines leisure as a condition of being human, as a cultural mirror and as a social instrument; reflects a wide range of literature from a number of academic disciplines. (S)
An overview of the meetings, conventions, special events and expositions industry.
Overview of the travel and tourism industry. Course content covers historical, behavioral, societal and business aspects of travel and tourism.
Overview of the hospitality industry, including hotel management, food and beverage operations, business and leisure travel markets, convention services, hospitality trends, quest-based customer service strategies and career opportunities.
Analyzes the entrepreneurial opportunities in tourism, hospitality, recreation, events and sport by examining the process of creating, planning and managing business ventures in these sectors.
Practical field experience in leisure service delivery. Students will apply skill and knowledge as volunteers where they will utilize leadership and management skills to enhance participant involvement and agency operations. In addition, the student prepares a resume, investigates agencies as potential intern sites and submits the appropriate forms for approval of an internship site.
The management process as it relates to planning and operation of leisure service facilities. Subjects include traditional and contemporary management theory, the management process, legal and financial aspects, risk management and contemporary issues in leisure services management. Facility topics include feasibility studies and design issues.
Concentrates on the legal aspects of recreation, tourism, hospitality and event management. Enables students to better understand the law as it pertains to their area of specialization and improves risk management practice.
Introductory course providing a broad understanding of measurement and evaluation in recreation, sports, events, tourism and hospitality; introduces diverse aspects of research, from setting the theoretical background to evaluating the results of analyses.
Practical field experience in selected off-campus leisure service agencies. Normally taken during the last semester before graduation. (S-U)