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Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management

Tourism and Event Management

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This emphasis area takes you places.

Learn about the scope and scale of the tourism and event management industries. Discover how it can be planned, promoted and managed to meet the needs of the consumer through high quality services and experiences while supporting sustainable community development locally and globally.

  • Overview

    Classes will introduce you to the wide-ranging role that travel, tourism and the event management industries have in society, the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by a tourism manager, and the sustainable development of tourism destinations domestically and internationally.

    After you graduate, career opportunities can involve working with private, non-profit and commercial enterprises, governmental agencies, destination marketing and management organizations, travel and tour operators, attractions, special events and festivals, and the hospitality industry. Many of our graduates also become successful entrepreneurs.

  • Admission Requirements

    Visit Clemson University Admissions to learn more about admission requirements, how to apply and important dates.

  • Program Requirements

    You will follow the general curriculum for the B.S. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (catalog year 2023-2024) and the following courses on the Tourism and Event Management track:

    • PRTM 3420 Introduction to Tourism
    • PRTM 3450 Tourism Management
    • PRTM 3920 Special Event Management
    • PRTM 4460 Community Tourism Development
    • PRTM 4470 Perspectives of International Travel
    • 12 additional credits selected from any 3000- or 4000-level courses offered at Clemson University

    Explore the Course Catalog for details about PRTM course options. Course selections must be made in consultation with your academic advisor.

  • Practicums and Internships
    You'll take two practicums and one internship during your degree program. Learn more about practicums and internships, including what they involve and when you take them.
  • Student Groups

    Student groups are a great way for students to build industry connections both on Clemson University campus and throughout the wider community in their field of study. 

    There are currently two student groups related to the Tourism and Event Management concentration:

    • Clemson Event Planners Association (CEPA)
    • Clemson Tourism Network (CTN)
    Explore PRTM student groups on campus.
  • Links of Interest
  • Find Out More

    For more information about the Tourism and Event Management track, please contact:

    Daniel Anderson, Advisor/Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services

    Lauren Duffy, Coordinator, PRTM Undergraduate Program (for curriculum questions)

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