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Bachelor of Science in Health & Wellness Design, Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management Major

Description of Program

The Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management (THEM) program prepares students to enter the world's largest and most diverse industry. Tourism is travel for business, recreation, leisure, and wellness. Although the tourism industry includes transportation, travel, and food and lodging, students in this program focus on the marketing and management of tourism facilities and destinations within the context of wellness and public health. Graduates pursue careers in tourism agencies, hotels, hospitals, resorts, convention centers, theme parks, visitor centers, golf courses, cruises, and airlines.

Degree Requirements

This is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Health & Wellness Design with a major in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management (THEM). It 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. Graduation requirements include:

  • completion of general education requirements.
  • completion of tourism, hospitality, and event management major requirements.
  • a minimum of 120 successfully completed credit hours which count toward the degree program.
  • a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in courses used to complete the major.
  • No Pass/Fail except for free electives.
General Education (20–39 credits)

All undergraduate students must complete the IU Bloomington General Education Common Ground Requirements. Visit gened.indiana.edu to review them.

Major (72 cr.)
Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management (THEM) Major Core Courses (45 cr.)

Complete each of the following courses:

  • SPH-T 201 Introduction to Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management Industries (3 cr.)
  • SPH-T 335 Entrepreneurship in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-T 337 Revenue Management in THEM (3 cr.)
  • SPH-T 425 Capstone in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management (3 cr.) (P: Senior Standing)
  • SPH-R 200 Health & Happiness by Design (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 210 Inclusion in Health & Wellness Design (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 312 Career Perspective & Internship Prep (3 cr.) (P: SPH-R 200, admission to a HWD major) 
  • SPH-R 314 Data-Based Decision Making (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 388 Experience Marketing (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 414 Legal Aspects in HWD (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 426 Human Resource Management in HWD (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 497 Professional Internship  (12 cr.) (P: SPH-R 312 -AND- 320 Hours Field Experience completed) 

THEM Professional Courses (18 credit hours)

  • 3 SPH-T 203 Lodging Management
  • 3 SPH-T 311 Convention & Meeting Planning (P: SPH-T 201)
  • 3 SPH-T 336 Systems Integration in Hospitality
  • 3 SPH-T 345 Special Event Production
  • 3 SPH-T 355 Hospitality Bridging Healthcare (H2H)
  • 3 SPH-T 389 Global Destination Management

THEM Electives (9 credit hours)

  • 3 SPH-T 211 International Tourism
  • 3 SPH-T 301 Sustainable Tourism
  • 3 SPH-T 302 Mgmt of Food & Beverage Operations 3 SPH-R 311 Management in HWD
  • 3 SPH-T 323 Festival & Event Design
  •  3 SPH-T 375 Winery & Food Tourism: Italy (summer only)
  • 3 SPH-R 250 Health & Wellness Tourism: Spain (summer only)
  • 3 SPH-R 410 Event Planning & Program Development
  • 3 SPH-T 418 Public Health Issues in Global Travel & Tourism
  • 3 SPH-T 431 Green Ops in Hospitality 

+ Courses followed by an S&H notation apply toward completion of both the major requirement and the general education, social and historical studies requirement.

Special Opportunities

Tourism students can expand their understanding of international tourism and travel through a variety of 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, wellness, and public health) prior to graduation.


Graduates have one of the widest array of potential job opportunities. Alumni are employed in sales, food & beverage management, hotel management and sales, catering, merchandising, business development, marketing, brand management, revenue management, and well-being management.

Careers in this field are only limited by the graduate. The skillset developed during their time at Indiana University Bloomington gives them the opportunity to apply these skills in any number of fields. The required final internship and the access to faculty previously employed in management in the industry also help students achieve their career goals.

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