Event Planning and Management

Event Planning and Management Minor

About Event Planning and Management

Organize events for convention centers, corporations or nonprofits.

In the event planning and management minor at California University of Pennsylvania, you'll learn to organize and implement events, from small board meetings or destination weddings to international conferences and trade shows.

Gain experience on campus through the Cal U Tourism Research Center, accredited by the World Tourism Organization, and the 6,000-seat Cal U Convocation Center. 

Add a versatile minor and gain a competitive edge.

Develop skills that are in demand. Event planners find employment with top corporations, nonprofits, convention and conference centers, casinos, theme parks, stadiums, cruise lines and more.

Tailor the 18-credit minor program to complement your bachelor's degree in:

  • Tourism Studies.
  • Parks and Recreation Management.
  • Sport Management.
  • Professional Golf Management.
  • International Studies.
  • Public Relations.
  • Communication Studies.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Event Planning and Management Minor

Interdisciplinary faculty: Learn from faculty with expertise in tourism studies, parks and recreation management, geography and leisure studies.

Accredited programs: Tailor the minor to match your career goals by taking core and elective courses drawn from accredited academic programs.

Resume-building experience: Put your skills into practice with an optional 3-credit internship. Or volunteer at the Cal U Convocation Center, one of western Pennsylvania's largest meeting venues.

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Growth projected for meeting, convention and event planners through 2024,more than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics.
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Degree Benefits

Earn the event planning and management minor within the timeframe required to complete your Cal U bachelor's degree. You'll gain the knowledge and experience employers demand. Most positions in the convention and event planning industry require a college degree.

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Graduate Outcomes

The minor in event planning and management prepares you for positions such as: Meeting planner. Event operations manager. Convention and catering manager. Director of special events. Park volunteer coordinator. Tourism promotion manager. Wedding coordinator.

Event Planning and Management Minor
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Hospitality Industry Operations

According to selectusa.gov, the travel and tourism industry supports 7.6 million U.S. jobs. Our Hospitality Industry Operations course gives you insight into this $1.6 trillion industry.

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Tourism Research Center

The Cal U Tourism Research Center helps top Pennsylvania organizations improve their operations through market research. Partners have included:

  • Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta.
  • Destination Gettysburg.
  • Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.
  • Fayette County Cultural Trust.
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Travel Club

Attend regional, national or even international tourism conferences with the Travel Club, one of Cal U's 100+ student organizations.


Event Planning and Management Minor Courses

Example Courses
  • Hospitality Industry Operations
  • Special Event Management in Recreation Settings
  • Meetings Expositions Events and Convention Operations
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Introduction to Tourism Studies
  • Introduction to Recreation and Leisure
  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Casinos and Gaming Entertainment
  • Facility and Event Management

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Related Programs

  • Tourism Studies Minor

    An 18-credit minor in tourism studies that includes nine credits of required coursework and nine credits (minimum) of elective courses.


Event Planning Faculty

Dr. Candice Riley
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Dr. Susan Ryan


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Dr. Thomas D. Wickham


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