B.S. in Tourism, Event and Recreation Management

Thank you for your interest in the B.S. Tourism, Event & Recreation Management. For students starting summer 2020, please see the page.

The B.S. degree provides students to gain competencies in industry knowledge, develop intellectual abilities, and foster technical, interpersonal and professional skills. Through class projects, internship opportunities, and field experiences, students learn leadership, management, marketing and evaluation, entrepreneurism, legal issues, and communication skills. All students take a common core of classes providing them with foundational knowledge within the discipline. Subsequently, students select one of two specializations: Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Event Management.

Event Management: Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to administer and manage commercial and entrepreneurial event service businesses. This program includes courses in conference and special event planning, promotion, sponsorship, financial and revenue management, and production.

Tourism & Hospitality Management: Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to administer and manage destination management organizations, tour operations, public recreation, hospitality enterprises such as hotels, resorts, attractions, and cruises.  

Prior to the semester before graduation, students are placed in a capstone course (12 credit hours) which is a 13-week seniorinternship where they learn from experienced professionals, and provide excellent models of practice, quality service delivery and leadership. Most students are offered employment at the end of their internship due to their educational preparation and ability to transfer knowledge gained in an applied context. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates pursue career opportunities in tourism, public recreation, resort and attractions, lodging and hospitality services, convention centers, corporate, public, and private events, inclusive of the music, fashion, and entertainment industry. Specializations and internships assist to guide a career path.   

Curriculum and Advising

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Hospitality and Event 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 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 Academic Advisor Daniel Moore:

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

Experiential Learning Opportunities in the Curriculum

Required Field Experience

Field Experience (LEI 3921) provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience within a leisure services/hospitality/sport management agency. Students apply their skills and knowledge as an agency volunteer in their particular sub-field of choice, by working and successfully filling 80 hours over the course of one semester, ideally the semester prior to completing their full-time internship. Upon the successful completion of this course, all students will have finished their field experience requirement and have the tools necessary to submit a proposal required for their internship (packets will be submitted during the term).

During the course, we will provide resources to help students generate and modify their resumes and cover letters, help position their credentials more effectively as they pursue their senior internship, help them refine their site assessment skills, and we will also require them to practice one of the most important success prediction skills, the personal interview.

For more information about LEI 3921, see a recent syllabus for the course here.

We encourage students to start looking into potential sites to complete their Field Work for LEI 3921 up to 18 months in advance. International Students should be sure to connect with their advisor in the UF International Center, https://internationalcenter.ufl.edu/international-students-scholars/contact-advisor, about how this requirement might impact their visas ahead of time as it may require approval from both the International Center and their departmental advisor. FYI: Students are able to be paid/compensated for the field work experience and the senior internship however, they are not permitted to use a current job to fulfill the class or internship requirement. Additionally, to receive approval to complete the experience, the site and duties/responsibilities must align with the degree plan the student has selected.

Please click here to request to be registered for LEI 3921.

Required Internship

One of the things that makes THEM unique when compared to other majors is all THEM 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 practicum 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:

Bachelor's degrees in Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management are also available online. Click HERE to learn more.

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, check out the THEM section of UF Engaged Learning.

      >> 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 Connections 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.

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.

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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