The Travel and Tourism Studies emphasis within the Geography Department at BYU is a popular and challenging program of study that introduces students to the expanding world of tourism. A multi-disciplinary geographic perspective examines the history, structure, patterns, and research issues of the world's largest industry. By integrating concepts of location, place, environment, climate, landscape and economy, the geographic foundation of this emphasis helps students to understand where and why tourism sites are located, the movements of people created by tourism, and the changes tourism brings to the cultural and physical landscapes.
Although the majority of students in this emphasis are more interested in an informative and enjoyable major than a career, there is a focus on professional skills, including tourism planning, management strategies, and geographic information systems, that equip students for a variety of careers in the travel and tourism industry as well as many other areas of employment.
This emphasis is ideal for students who: love to travel, work well with people, and are looking for a fairly short but interesting major.