B.S. in Tourism, Event & Recreation Management

The Tourism, Event & Recreation Management program teaches students to develop, manage and deliver leisure services to various populations in diverse settings; to become decision makers in private and public organizations; and helps build a foundation for graduate studies. The program focuses on the role and impact of leisure services including tourism, events and recreation on individuals, society and the environment and includes courses in event promotion, convention sales and service, hospitality marketing, and lodging operations and management.

Students will select one of the following specializations:

Event Management: Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to administer and manage commercial and entrepreneurial leisure service businesses. This program includes courses in conference and special event planning, commercial recreation, and community recreation.

Tourism & Hospitality Management: Prepare for employment opportunities in the tourism industry and with agencies responsible for travel and tourism development, resort recreation management, and hospitality management.

Curriculum and Advising

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Event and Recreation Management, you must successfully complete 120 hours of prescribed coursework. Professional core courses, related option courses and specialization electives are taken during your last two years of work. A posting of the full list of tourism, event and recreation management courses and brief description are listed in the undergraduate catalog for the University of Florida. For information about the required coursework please schedule an appointment with one of our Academic Advisors:

Interested in changing your major to Tourism, Event and Recreation Management? Click here for more information.

>> Click here to learn more about a minor in Event Management.

Internship and Practicum Resources

Required Internship

One of the things that makes our program unique when compared to other majors is that all students are required to complete a full semester of internship. This internship requirement must be completed prior to graduation and should be completed during the semester of expected graduation after all other coursework has been successfully completed. Credit hours for the internship requirement are included in the credit hour total required for graduation.

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Optional Practicum Opportunities

The optional TERM Practicum Proposal Form is designed to provide practical experience for students in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management. Students can earn elective course credit by maintaining a part-time workload in a setting appropriate to their specialization such as corporate and private event and meeting planners, visitors’ bureaus, theme parks and attractions, resorts, hotels and destination management organizations where significant learning possibilities exist. For more information about the practicum option, click here.

Please direct all internship questions to:

Career Outlook

Networking and Industry Outreach: Obtaining employment in tourism, hospitality or event management requires an intentional effort at building relationships (i.e., networking) with industry professionals. Networking opportunities are shared weekly through the Pulse Email Newsletter. For more information about networking opportunities, contact Dr. Craig Schmitt, Director of Engaged Learning & Outreach at craig33@ufl.edu.

      >> Career Opportunities:

  • Conference and convention centers
  • Visitors’ bureaus
  • Corporate and private event and meeting planners
  • Music, fashion and entertainment industry special event planning
  • Tourism development companies & Chambers of Commerce
  • Theme parks and attractions, resorts & hotels
  • Cultural facilities

For more information about career opportunities in Tourism, Event and Recreation Management, please schedule an appointment with your or visit the Career Resource Center.

Combined Degree Program

The B.S./M.S. combined degree program allows qualified students to earn both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management with 9 credit hours of graduate coursework counting towards both degrees. This program allows students to complete both degrees within a five-year time period instead of the usual six years. Click here to learn more.

Interested students should meet with an academic advisor early in their undergraduate career to determine eligibility.

Opportunities for Involvement and Leadership

For more information about these and all HHP student organizations, please visit our Student Involvement page.

Study Abroad

Go further with HHP's study abroad program. Our immersive study abroad programs provide opportunities in tourism, recreation, natural resources and health. Work with local cultural institutions and health organizations as you explore the world around you. Upcoming Study Abroad locations are listed below:

Financial Aid

 A variety of types of assistance are available including federal loans, work-study positions, scholarships, full-time and temporary employment and private sources. The Office for Student Financial Affairs at the University of Florida provides information about how to apply for financial aid at UF, deadlines and financial aid programs.

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Earn your BS and MS in 5 years with a combined degree

Combined degrees offer you the chance to earn an undergraduate and a graduate degree at an accelerated pace. If you meet combined degree application requirements, you can enroll in up to 9 credits of graduate courses during your junior and senior years. These credits will satisfy undergraduate degree requirements and, if you are admitted to the UF Graduate School, they will also satisfy part of your graduate degree requirements.

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