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Travel & Tourism Studies

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Typical employers include: local and state governments, convention and visitors bureaus, tour operators, airlines, hotel chains, cruise ship lines
  • Job titles include: Tourism Planner/Promoter, Area Specialist, Travel Agent, International Business Representative

Median Salary: $45,250

All graduates of the FHSS Geography department will receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Geography with an emphasize a specific area of geography. Your emphasis may be in:

*also available as minors, Geography Teaching and Travel and Tourism Studies are also available as minors

Expected Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the Travel & Tourism Studies Program Requirements you will be able to:

  • recognize the geographical underpinnings of global travel patterns and explain the relationships between generating and destination regions, and transit routes between them using geographic concepts, models, and principles
  • explain the tourism industry, including its major sectors, determinants, motivations, structure, dimensions and impact
  • identify tourism potential in a given region, evaluate promotion options, and create and implement strategic plans
  • explain the historical development of the tourism industry and its impact on present and future economic, social, and environmental well-being.
  • leverage tourism activities to promote greater understanding and respect for cultures and individual differences.
  • access, interpret, and evaluate tourism information and communicate this in written, verbal, and visual forms.
  • use interpersonal and leadership skills in teams to solve practical tourism industry problems

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The College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences is composed of departments that study patterns of human behavior from diverse disciplinary approaches. Teaching and scholarship rely on social scientific methodology to learn about human behavior and human societies, their histories, organization, governments, and economies. As the name implies, the college is particularly concerned with studying the family as the basic unit of society. The many institutes and centers within the college provide opportunities for faculty and students to further research and disseminate scholarship.

Students in the college gain a broad education that helps develop an appreciation of the values of modern civilization and prepares them to contribute effectively as citizens. The knowledge and skills gained in the varied disciplines prepare them well for graduate study and professional careers. Many of the departments and programs housed within the college provide opportunities for student learning outside the classroom through internships and faculty-mentored teaching and research experiences.