Tourism, Hospitality and Event Studies

Tourism, Hospitality and Event Studies Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Geography On-campus

About Tourism, Hospitality and Event Studies

Prepare for a top career in one of the largest and fastest-growing industries.

Gain a competitive edge in the dynamic tourism, hospitality and events industry in the United States and abroad. Choose California University of Pennsylvania to build a strong foundation in the specialized field of tourism, hospitality and event studies in our comprehensive Bachelor of Arts in Geography degree program.

In the B.A. in Geography program, you'll receive top-caliber teaching, plus excellent research and service opportunities, to help you develop a critical and constructive understanding of tourism, event planning and the hospitality industry. Cal U offers two concentrations within the B.A. in Geography degree program: tourism, hospitality and event studies, and GIS and emergency management. Join a world-class program for your career in the world's largest industry.

Gain a career advantage with Cal U's hands-on tourism program.

As part of Cal U's commitment to classroom and extracurricular excellence, the tourism , hospitality and event studies program offers students exclusive use of top-notch equipment, resources and facilities. The Tourism and Geography Instructional Facility within the Department of Earth Sciences provides a state-of-the-art facility for research and instruction with the latest equipment and software available in this field of study.

Students also have opportunities to learn in the field, where they meet the public,  collect and analyze information, and draw conclusions about tourism and hospitality industry trends.


Concentration: The tourism, hospitality and event studies concentration introduces students to tourism planning and marketing, tourism development, measuring and forecasting demand, and more. To complement classroom learning, you'll also participate in service learning projects where students assist partners in the tourism and hospitality industry solve real-world issues. Students also have the opportunity to travel with faculty to national and international conferences in the industry.  

Solid foundation: The mission of Cal U's tourism, hospitality and event studies program is to achieve academic and professional distinction in response to the industry's needs in the United States and abroad. Your learning integrates interactive classroom experiences with real-world projects and practical internships. Cal U's B.A. in Geography program provides many additional opportunities for learning outside the classroom: You can gain work experience even before graduation and build a professional network through attendance at optional events such as regional, national and international conferences.

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Credit hours for the tourism, hospitality and event studies concentration, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.


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Degree Benefits

The B.A. in Geography with the tourism, hospitality and event studies concentration can lead to a career in some of the world's largest and fastest-growing industries. Graduates with advanced degrees are needed to fill upper-level positions within the growing tourism industry, and to take leading roles in the fields of hospitality and event planning. Program graduates are prepared to hold a range of upper-level positions throughout this sector, including resort attraction developers, gaming entertainment managers, sports tourism managers, destination marketers, event planners, hospitality and hotel managers,  tourism planners and designers, destination and lodging managers, event planners, convention directors, government agency directors, national association managers, tourist bureau and destination managers; travel writers, tourism educators, commercial recreation managers, travel editors and critics; tourism consultants and entrepreneurs; regional tourism advisers; and tourism marketers, analysts and product developers.

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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U tourism, hospitality and event studies graduates are employed at such renowned facilities as Walt Disney Resorts, Hilton, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Marriott, Great Wolf Lodge, Visit Pittsburgh, Destination Gettysburg, Club Corp., Cannery Casino Resorts, and Intercontinental Hotels Group. Our graduates also are well prepared for advanced studies in the field, going on to pursue international tourism and hospitality management at such institutions as Bournemouth University, in Britain, and University of Queensland, Australia.



Geography (B.A.) Tourism Studies Concentration
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Faculty Expertise

Dr. Susan Ryan oversees the B.A. in Geography's concentration in tourism, hospitality and event studies. She is also the director of the Cal U Tourism Research Center, a state-of-the-art facility within the Department of Earth Sciences that's equipped to provide custom tourism research for tourism planning and development initiatives. Dr. Ryan has directed a variety of research projects throughout Canada and the United States, with an emphasis on sustainable tourism development in Pennsylvania.

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Global Connection

California University of Pennsylvania is an affiliate member of the World Tourism Education Council, which is composed of the world's leading tourism education institutions.  

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Student Resources

Students are required to complete an internship to apply classroom theory to realistic, professional-level situations in preparation for tourism, hospitality and travel career opportunities. Students also can turn to Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center for help connecting to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits. Students who meet eligibility requirements can become members of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the international honor society in geography, and many other professional organizations including the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Meeting Professionals International, Events Industry Council, Resort and Commercial Recreation Association, National Association of Sports Commissions, and the International Council on Hospitality and Institutional Education.


B.A., Geography Courses - Tourism, Hospitality and Event Studies Concentration

Example Courses
  • Impacts and Sustainability of Tourism
  • Hotels, Resorts and Lodging
  • Meetings, Expositions, Events and Convention Operation
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Demographic Analysis
  • Introduction to Geography 

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Geography Faculty

Dr. Swarndeep Gill
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Dr. Thomas R. Mueller

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Dr. Susan Ryan

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