Bachelor of Science Degree: Tourism Management

Tourism comprises the activities of persons traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business, and other purposes (World Tourism Organization, 1993). The tourism industry is one of the world’s largest. It is made up of many segments, the principle ones being transportation, accommodations, food service, shopping, travel arrangement, and activities for tourists, such as history, culture, adventure, sports, recreation, entertainment, and other similar activities.

Curriculum for Tourism Management Concentration

General Education Requirements

* Completion through the third level of the same language in high school or college

  • Composition I, 3-4 hrs
  • Advanced Composition (RST 410), 3 hrs
  • Communications, 3 hrs
  • Quantitative Reasoning I, 3 hrs
  • Quantitative Reasoning II (RST 370), 3 hrs
  • Humanities & Arts, 6 hrs
  • Natural Science & Technology, 6 hrs
  • Social and Behavioral Science, 6 hrs
  • Social Science (RST 100 & 330), 3 hrs
  • Cultural Studies: Western (RST 330)
  • Cultural Studies: Non-West/US Minority
  • * Foreign Language
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  • Subtotal: 41 hrs

 

Leisure Studies Core Requirements

  • RST 100 Society and Leisure, 3 hrs
  • RST 101 Orientation to Leisure Studies, 1 hr
  • RST 230 Leisure & Diversity, 3 hrs
  • RST 316 Leisure & Human Development, 3 hrs
  • RST 330 Leisure & Consumer Culture, 3 hrs
  • RST 370 Research Methods & Analysis, 3 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 16 hrs

 

Management Core Requirements

  • RST 110 Leisure Service Delivery, 2 hrs
  • RST 200 Leadership in Leisure Services, 2 hrs
  • RST 300 Programming in Leisure, 3 hrs
  • RST 320 Leisure Services Marketing, 3 hrs
  • RST 340 Leisure & Facility Management, 3 hrs
  • RST 410 Administration of Leisure Services, 3 hrs
  • RST 420 Hum Res Mgt in Leisure Organizations, 3 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 19 hrs

 

Experiential Education Requirements

  • RST 480 Orientation to Practicum, 1 hr
  • RST 484 Leisure Studies Practicum, 12 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 13 hrs

Tourism Mgmt Requirements

  • RST 150 Foundations of Tourism Mgmt, 3 hrs
  • KIN 218 Entrepreneurship, 3 hrs
  • RST 351 Cultural Aspects of Tourism, 3 hrs
  • RST 457 Tourism Development, 4 hrs
  • RST 429 Contemporary Issues in Leisure Services, 4 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 17 hrs

 

Tourism Mgmt Electives

  • Department Electives, 13 hrs
  • Free Electives, 11 hrs
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  • Subtotal: 24 hrs

 

Summary of Requirements

  • General Education Requirements, 41 hrs
  • Leisure Studies Core Requirements, 16 hrs
  • Management Core Requirements, 19 hrs
  • Internship Requirements, 13 hrs
  • Concentration Requirements, 15 hrs
  • Elective Requirements, 24 hrs
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  • Total 128 hrs

 

Graduation Requirement Checklist

  • 2.00 UIUC Cumulative GPA
  • Residency Requirement
  • 128 Credit Hours

 

Pre-Intern Learning Requirements

All RST students must obtain 300 hours of work experience related to the industry.

Minimum hours – 40 hours per agency
Minimum of 2 agencies must be used

For additional information on The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism contact LoriKay Paden, Academic Advisor, at (217) 244-2695 or lkpaden@illinois.edu.