International Tourism


Effective 1 June 2023 through 31 May 2024

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18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences/Global Languages, Cultures and Societies Department.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

Note: Students must successfully complete coursework for this certificate with a grade of B- or better.

This certificate introduces students to terms, theories and strategies from international studies, business and management that relate to the complex international tourism industry. The intercultural approach empowers students to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines in order to develop ethical, informed and practical perspectives on emerging questions in international tourism. With skills learned in courses and through customized field work, students will analyze critically the aims of tourism development and consider ways of rendering it both sustainable and equitable.

Students may choose to complete the six-course sequence for the certificate or take individual courses to satisfy specific needs.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Compare different cultural, religious, belief and value systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different political and economic systems in the world.
  • Understand and describe the impact of various models of tourism on natural and cultural resources. 
  • Understand and describe tourism as a performative act that creates "destinations".
  • Design and implement practice-oriented cultural research.

Course Requirements

  • ISTL 1600 Introduction to International Tourism and Development (3 hours)
  • BUSN 1200 Introduction to Business (3 hours)
  • MGMT 2100 Management Theory and Practice (3 hours)
  • ISTL 2500 International Field Experience in Global Studies (3 hours)
  • ISTL 3600 Intercultural Negotiations (3 hours)
  • MNGT 2700 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3 hours)

Knowledge of a second language is strongly recommended.