Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management

About the Major

This major focuses on managing and operating places where people travel to eat, attend special events, and relax or have fun. In addition to studying the hospitality and travel industry, you will complete a general business certificate as part of the degree. Internships are required, and opportunities include both local and out-of-state sites.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: event planning, management, marketing, communication, organization, and promotion.

Engaged Learning Experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes.  Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Mechanics of event planning
  • Tourism policy and sustainability
  • Facility operations
  • Food and beverage operations
  • Event tourism analysis
  • Global tourism


Possible Careers

  • Event planner
  • Catering manager
  • Resort manager
  • Tourism marketing
  • Attractions manager
  • Festival management

Where could I work?

  • Conrad Indianapolis
  • Indiana Landmarks
  • Walt Disney Company
  • Sports organizations
  • Concert and arts venues
  • Luxury and mid-range lodging facilities

Enterprise, Policy, and Planning Cluster

This major is part of the Enterprise, Policy, and Planning (EPP) cluster. The EPP cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing or interested in business; economics; labor studies; organizational leadership; public and environmental affairs; sport management; and tourism, conventions, and event management.

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