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Tourism and Special Events
The Tourism and Special Events concentration aims to provide students with "real world" practice and theory within the discipline. Students will be armed with tools to succeed in the field, understand current theories, and be exposed to professionals to formulate relationships with practitioners which can lead to internships and job placements. Several of the tourism and special events courses provide opportunities to learn about emerging trends, business and marketing skills and opportunities to create and implement event planning skills.
There are diverse career opportunities in Tourism and Special Events. This includes: resorts, hotels, desintation marketing organizations, convention and visitor bureaus, tour operators, travel agencies, convention and congress centers, event planning companies, airlines and many more.
Tourism and Special Events Highlights:
- Whether you want to pursue a career in tourism or event planning, the program's student-centric mentorship approach will prepare you for a successful start
- Hands-on projects in classes provide assignments with real-life impact
- Get involved with the Tourism and Special Events Lab to work on industry projects
- Opportunites to network with industry, such as site visits, invited speakers, field work and conferences
- Tourism Institute- a five week field course designed to offer students field-based learning in various locations both nationally and internationally
Concentration Requirements (21 credits)
In addition to the core curriculum, those wishing to complete the Tourism and Special Events concentration must copmlete the following requirements. Click on this link to access the requirements for Recreation, Parks and Tourism and the Tourism and Special Events concentration. For more information contact Dr. Joshua Carroll.
Minor in Tourism and Special Events
For students interested in gaining skills in Tourism and Special Events who are not enrolled in the Recreation, Parks and Tourism department we offer a minor. For program requirements please click here.
The Tourism Resource Lab is designed to facilitate student involvement with regional professionals in order to offer diverse opportunities in tourism development throughout the area and surrounding communities. The Lab functions as an innovative approach to learning and professional advancement by directly channeling students into areas of need for the design, promotion, and implementation of tourism and special events for the region. The Lab becomes an extension of the Tourism and Special Events curriculum at Radford University by enabling student engagement in tourism projects and events that facilitate mentoring and learning experiences alongside professionals in the field, while providing resources and expertise for those partnering entities. Students engaged in the Tourism Resource Lab can work on a multitude of tourism projects such as marketing, promotion, research, outreach, and many others as opportunities arise.