Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009
College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
Associate Professor: Robert A. Robertson
Instructor: Mary Adamo Robertson
Tourism creates immense economic activity, totaling more than $4 trillion dollars of world spending. Tourism is also an integral part of New England’s economy. Experience has shown that the public and private sectors of the tourism industry benefit substantially from proper planning. Those locations with the best planned and managed tourism developments are likely to be the most successful tourist destinations from the standpoint of providing both high-quality tourist experiences and bringing substantial economic benefits with minimal disruptions to the social and natural environment. In response to these needs, the Department of Resource Economics and Development offers a bachelor of science degree in tourism planning and development from regional and international perspectives.
The tourism planning and development curriculum provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, develop, and manage natural, cultural, and financial resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to provide students with a strong liberal education supplemented by a broad professional understanding of tourism planning and its role in local, state, national, global economic, and social development. Students study both the social and environmental sciences in order to better understand the complexity of natural and social systems. The program emphasizes the practical application of planning and economic theory to the planning for the development of tourism resources.
All majors must complete a core curriculum and choose one of two concentrations: international development or regional tourism planning.
The core curriculum is composed of the following courses:
TOUR 400, Introduction to Tourism
EREC 411, Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
EREC 501, Agriculture and Natural Resource Product Marketing
EREC 525, Statistical Methods and Applications
CD 614, Fundamentals of Planning
TOUR 615, Tourism Planning and Development
TOUR 633, Economics of Travel and Tourism
TOUR 560, Special Topics (8 credits)
TOUR 700, Marketing Communications Research: Methodological Foundations
TOUR 705, Ecotourism: Managing for the Environment
TOUR 767, Social Impact Assessment
CD 777, Topics in Community Planning
TOUR 794, Tourism Internship
TOUR 794 involves a 14–16 week, full-time, supervised (40 hrs.) internship, and enables students to meet and work in association with representatives from the public and private sectors of the tourism industry.
International Tourism Development Concentration
This concentration area prepares students to work in the dynamic and challenging environment of international tourism development. Depending on interests, language skills, and international experiences, students may expect to find employment in settings such as national tourism offices, international tourism organizations, national and foreign consults, and multinational tourism destination resorts. In addition to the required core courses, students who pursue the international tourism development concentration must complete the following requirements: TOUR 792, International Experience; two TOUR electives; competency in a foreign language (i.e., functional reading, writing, and speaking ability equivalent to the third-year second-semester level); and two additional electives that will enhance students’ career opportunities in the international area.
Regional Tourism Planning Concentration
This concentration area prepares students to obtain professional roles in planning in the public or private sectors of the tourism industry. Depending on interests and technical skills, students may expect to find employment in settings such as local and regional economic development organizations, chamber of commerce offices, convention and visitor bureaus, state and federal offices of tourism development, local and regional planning commissions, and resort communities. In addition to the required core courses, students who pursue the regional tourism planning concentration must complete the following requirements: TOUR 798, Independent Study in Tourism; two TOUR electives; and all the requirements for a minor in community planning.