Undergraduate Academic Programs
Bachelor of Science in Recreation (BSR), Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management Major
The tourism, hospitality, and event management program prepares students to enter the world's largest and most diverse industry. Tourism is the business of attracting and catering to the needs and expectations of visitors. Although the tourism industry includes transportation, travel brokers, and food and lodging, students in this program focus on the marketing and management of tourist facilities and destinations. These include government tourism divisions, hotels, resorts, convention centers, theme parks, visitor centers, cruises, and airlines.
Apply online for undergraduate admission to Indiana University at http://admit.indiana.edu/.
A newly admitted freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Recreation degree with a major in tourism, hospitality, and event management will receive an offer of direct freshman admission to this major program if he or she meets both of the following criteria:
- The applicant must have earned one of the following minimum standardized test scores: A combined critical reading and math score of 1270 on the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or a composite score of 29 on the ACT (American College Test).
- The applicant must have either graduated in the top 12 percent of his or her high school graduating class or earned a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.
Before entering the School of Public Health - Bloomington as a tourism, hospitality, and event management major, all other students must meet both of the following criteria:
- The student must successfully complete at least 26 credit hours.
- The student must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at Indiana University.
Students in the University Division must also declare their intention to major in tourism, hospitality, and event management to the University Division Records Office. Undergraduate students who complete the semester before certification of admission to the school with less than a 2.0 GPA for the semester will be admitted on a probationary status.
International transfer applicants to the School of Public Health - Bloomington, whose primary language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper- based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or a 80 on the Internet-based test, is required for direct admission to the School of Public Health - Bloomington. For students from countries where the TOEFL is not available, other evidence of English proficiency may be considered. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) offers an alternative to the TOEFL. A minimum IELTS score of 7 is required for direct admission to the School of Public Health - Bloomington. All entering international students whose primary language is not English will be required to take the Indiana University English language examination before registering for course work. Appropriate remedial English courses may be prescribed on the basis of test results.
All entering international students whose primary language is not English will be required to take a special examination in English with IU prior to registering. Prepared by IU and designed to test a student’s ability to use English in an academic setting, the exam consists of three parts: an essay on a general topic, a listening comprehension exercise, and a grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension section. There is little that one can do to prepare for this exam other than to continue using written and spoken English at every opportunity.
International students whose primary language is not English must agree to take any English language courses prescribed from the results of this examination. Fees for special part-time English courses are the same as for other courses; however, credits earned do not meet degree requirements. If the results of the proficiency examination indicate that full-time work in English is required, the student will be assigned to the Intensive English Program (IEP).
Students enrolled in IEP do not take academic courses until they achieve adequate English proficiency. If a student has serious doubts about English ability and is not financially prepared to undertake the additional time and expense of an intensive English program here, the student should consider completing English study in the student’s home country. In addition, the student may consider delaying admission to a future session.
This is a four-year program leading to the degree, Bachelor of Science in Recreation with a major in tourism, hospitality, and event management. This major program prepares students to become leaders in the tourism industry for a wide range of careers as students develop competencies in administration, budgeting, communications, event planning, marketing, and management. A minimum of 26 successfully completed credit hours and a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) are required for admission to this program. Graduation requirements include:
- completion of general education requirements.
- completion of tourism, hospitality, and event management major requirements.
- a minimum of 124 successfully completed credit hours which count toward the degree program.
- a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
- a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in courses with the following department code-prefixes: HPER-R and HPER-L.
- No Pass/Fail except for free electives.
General Education (20 – 39 credits)
All undergraduate students must complete the IU Bloomington campus-wide general education common ground requirements. Such students must visit the 2012-2013 General Education Bulletin to view these requirements.
Major (75 cr.)Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management Specialization (42 cr.)
Complete each of the following courses:
- ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3 cr)
- HPER-R 236 Tourism and Commercial Recreation (3 cr)
- HPER-R 240 International Tourism (3 cr)
- HPER-R 252 Introduction to Lodging Management (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 350 Sustainable Tourism (3 cr.) (minimum C- required)
- HPER-R 351 Convention Management and Meeting Planning (3 cr.) (minimum C- required)
- HPER-R 352 Resort Management (3 cr)
- HPER-R 353 Festival and Event Management (3 cr)
- HPER-R 422 Marketing for Leisure Services (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 441 Legal Aspects of Recreation (3 cr)
- HPER-R 451 Fiscal Management of Leisure Service Organizations (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 457 Green Operations in Hospitality Management (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 468 Strategic Planning for Recreation Organizations (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 471 Human Resource Management in Leisure Services(3 cr.)
Recreation Core (33 cr.)
Complete each of the following courses:
- HPER-R 160 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure (3 cr.) +(S&H)
- HPER-R 270 Inclusion in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 330 Management in Recreation, Parks and Tourism (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 392 Career Perspectives and Internship Preparation (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 395 Data-Based Decision-Making Methods (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 430 Event Planning and Program Development (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 463 Professional Internship (12 cr.)
- HPER-T 142 Living Well (3 cr.) +(S&H)
- 320 Hours of Field Experience are required.
+ Courses followed by a S&H notation apply toward completion of both the major requirement and the general education, social and historical studies requirement.
Tourism students have opportunities to expand their understanding of international tourism and travel through select study abroad programs. Further, internship opportunities allow students to preview their career interests and build a competitive edge within a field of specialization (e.g., hotel/resort management, event planning, destination management) prior to graduation.
Tourism graduates often secure positions in hotel, resort, and theme park management as well as visitor and convention bureaus, and event and meeting planning organizations.