Tourism, Leisure and Event Planning

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

Enjoy a productive career in the travel, hospitality and event management fields, which stretch from private and public companies to nonprofit organizations. Tours is one of the biggest fields in the world, and as the premier program in Ohio, we prepare you for success.

Your capstone experience includes a tourism faculty advisor helping you to select an internship site where you will gain real-world experience, supervised by tourism professionals and THEM faculty.

Quality classroom experiences

Whether your interests are tightly focused or you would like to integrate your studies in tourism, hotel, and event planning, we have the faculty, internships and coursework to pave the way to your successful career.

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Career paths

  • Meeting and convention planner
  • Manager (front-line management positions)
  • Recreation leader

Quick Facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Incredible career opportunities are waiting for you, from the management of tourist destinations to the events ranging from meetings, conferences and festivals to social and corporate events.

Our students work at destination management and marketing organizations, the attraction industry (theme, amusement, location-based), cultural attractions (museums, arts and historic areas), cruise lines, chambers of commerce and more. This variety of settings and constantly diversifying industry give you multiple options.

According to information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is projected to grow 11 percent through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for professionally planned meetings and events is expected to remain steady as businesses and organizations continue to host events regularly.

International opportunities are available in Australia, China, Europe, Africa and other countries. 


You’ll choose a mix of classes within your content area that support your career goals. Well-credentialed faculty with real-world experience guide you along the way.

Required courses

event plan A62T0176

Sample courses

  • Recreation Leadership
  • Recreation Areas & Facilities
  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 03/22/2024 02:28PM