With continued steady growth predicted for tourism arrivals both domestic and international, along with increasing job opportunities expected for event planners, a major in Tourism and Event Management (TEM) can prepare students for a wide range of related careers in business, non-profit, and government organizations.
Our 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.
For students who are interested in starting their own tourism-related small business, adding an Entrepreneurship Minor provides the perfect platform.
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 316 Food Service 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 upper-level business electives plus 6 hours of general electives from across the university.
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
- HATS, the TEM Student Organization
Helping students find internships and permanent job placement is a top priority at the West College of Business. Students work with their faculty advisor 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
- Cruise Ships
- Restaurants and Institutional Food Service Providers
- Sports and Entertainment Venues
- Historic Sites
- State and National Parks
Click on the current advising information sheet for the year you will enter (or entered) as a freshman for complete university and WCOB 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.