Tourism and Event Management

Student Tucker Goodwin prepares British Flag Dessert Pizza
International student Emma Windsor preps a new food trend in Current Issues class

Updated Program All New for 2014

With continued steady growth predicted for tourism arrivals both domestic and international, along with increasing job opportunities expected for event planners, the West College of Business has made some exciting changes in the Tourism and Event Management (TEM) specialization.

Our new B.S.B.A. in Tourism and Event Management pairs an industry-ready set of core courses with a wide range of electives, allowing students to pursue the career path that matches their interest.

An exciting feature of the new program is the opportunity to earn the Marketing & Sales Management Certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the lodging industry’s premiere professional association.

For students who are interested in starting their own tourism-related small business, adding our Entrepreneurship Minor provides the perfect platform.

Degree Requirements

Along with the general studies and business core classes required for the B.S.B.A. degree (84 credit hours), TEM students take the following 15 hours of TEM core courses:

  • TEM 300 Introduction to Tourism and Event Management
  • TEM 355 Convention and Event Management and Marketing
  • TEM 431 Destination Management and Marketing
  • TEM 463 Lodging Operations Management
  • TEM 490 Field Internship

To round out the degree, TEM students choose 15 additional hours of electives from a long and flexible list of business courses plus 6 hours of general electives from across the university.

Liberty Oaks Bed & Breakfast

TEM Student Opportunities

  • West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism
  • Peter Sontag Service Excellence Award
  • Unique On-Campus Internships
    • Liberty Oaks Bed & Breakfast
    • WLU Office of Institutional Advancement Event Planning Internship
    • Sodexo Food Service/Catering
  • Local Internships at Oglebay Resort and Area Festivals
  • TEM Student Organization

Job Opportunities

Helping students find internships and permanent job placement is a top priority at the West College of Business.  Students work with their faculty mentor and our placement director to find positions in:

  • State Divisions of Tourism
  • Convention and Visitors Bureaus
  • Meeting, Event, and Wedding Planning
  • Festivals, Fairs, and Exhibits
  • Theme Parks/Water Parks
  • Casinos
  • Cruise Ships
  • Resorts/Hotels
  • Restaurants and Institutional Food Service Providers
  • Sports and Entertainment Venues
  • Historic Sites
  • State and National Parks
  • Museums

Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students – please click on our current advising information sheet for complete university and West College of Business requirements:

For more information or to arrange a campus visit, contact TEM Program Faculty Coordinator Annette Godown at [email protected] or call 304.336.8055.

Current WLU students can also view the advising sheets for their year of entrance: