Undergraduate Academic Programs


Event Planning


Undergraduate students in all schools except the College of Arts and Sciences may earn this minor in addition to the baccalaureate degree. A student who decides to pursue this minor should visit https://sph.indiana.edu/academics/public/selectMinor.html to declare it.  Alternatively, the student may visit the records office of his or her degree-granting school/unit to have this minor officially added as an academic objective. Students are responsible for checking with their degree-granting schools/units to determine whether or not this minor may be officially recorded on their transcripts.

Students considering this minor may seek advising from the academic advisors for the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, Janet Donley, jdonley [at] indiana [dot] edu; and Barbara Grinder, bgrinder [at] indiana [dot] edu.

Ordinarily minors may be discussed and approved during drop-in advising hours. For drop-in advising hours and instructions for making an appointment, if desired, see the SPH Academic Advising website: https://publichealth.indiana.edu/student-portal/advising/index.html .

The faculty director for this minor is Dr. Joseph Chen, joechen [at] indiana [dot] edu.


This undergraduate minor program is intended for students in degree programs other than the BS in Recreation degree program with a major in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management, who wish to add this specialty to their studies. This minor requires:

  • successful completion of 15 credit hours prescribed below.
  • a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0.
  • a minimum grade of C- is required in each course used in this minor.

(Note: No course in this minor may be taken under the Pass/Fail Option.)

Event Planning Core Courses (12 cr.)
Complete each of the following courses:
(Note: No substitutions allowed.)

  • SPH-R 410 Event Planning and Program Development (3 cr.)
  • SPH-T 201 Introduction to Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management Industries (3 cr.)
  • SPH-T 311 Convention Management and Meeting Planning (3 cr.)
  • SPH-T 333 Festival and Event Tourism (3 cr.)

Event Planning Elective Courses (3 cr.)
Complete one course from the following list:

  • MSCH-A 320 Principles of Creative Advertising (3 cr.)
  • MSCH-C 207 Introduction of Media Industry & Management (3 cr.)
  • MSCH-D 337 New Media (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-A 354 Arts Marketing Fundamentals (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 221 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 362 Nonprofit Management and Leadership (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 101 Resource Development & Fundraising (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 230 Recreational Sport Programming (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 388 (Formerly SPH-R 412) Marketing for Leisure Services (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 413 Fiscal Management of Leisure Services Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 414 Legal Aspects of Recreation (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 425 Strategic Planning for Recreation Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPH-T 203 Principles of Lodging Management (3 cr.)

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