Plan your dream job with an Event Management and Tourism degree.

A career in the event management and tourism industry can provide you with unlimited career and travel opportunities. Sullivan University's Event Management and Tourism Associate of Science (A.S) Degree combines industry-specific training with business skills applicable to many fields, thereby qualifying you for employment opportunities in more than one area.

Travel is an integral part of the program. Two trips are taken. The first occurs during the first year of study and takes you to major cities and tourism attractions within the United States. The second trip is via plane and cruise ship to major island resorts during the fall quarter break in September of the second year of study.

Once you graduate from this program, you will be set up to move on to earn a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management.

Degrees Offered:

Associate of Science Degree

Get to know the program.

Kimberley Jones, CEC CHE CPCE, is the associate program chair of the Tourism Event Management program.

What type of person would this program appeal to?

The culinary arts program might appeal to you if you're:

  • Looking to change careers and are ready to stop doing something that you "have to do" for something that you have "always wanted to do."
  • Already in the hospitality industry and have realized that in order to take the next step toward management or entrepreneurship, you are in need of a formal education.
  • A "pleaser" and enjoy the rewards that come along with entertaining, serving and making other people feel special.
  • A creative, high-energy type who enjoys working with your hands and the camaraderie of reaching goals in a team setting.
  • An entrepreneur looking to begin your tourism or event related organization.
  • Interested in becoming part of what you view as entertainment.

What specific skills or knowledge are taught in the program?

You'll learn all about the ins and outs of event management and tourism, like travel references, geography and best practices of event management.

What are potential jobs or employment settings for graduates?

Graduate employment depends largely on additional experience. If you have no additional experience, you can expect to begin in one of the following positions:

  • Sales coordinator
  • Customer service associate
  • Operations coordinator
  • Event coordinator
  • Tour guide
  • Wedding coordinator
  • Activities coordinators

You'll be able to work in a variety of establishments, including:

  • Tourism council
  • Convention visitors bureaus
  • Hotels, resorts and convention centers
  • Cruise lines
  • Corporate meeting and travel departments
  • Luxury tour operators
  • Contract foodservice corporations for event venues
  • Professional sports organizations and venues

If you have one to two years of outside experience, you can expect to begin at the management level in supervisory positions. Other responsibilities may include:

  • Client development
  • Marketing specialist
  • Event design and development
  • Vendor management and procurement
  • Travel and destination management
  • Production scheduling
  • Operational logistics

What is the most important or unique aspect about this program?

The culinary arts program boasts a faculty who possess educational and experiential qualifications for the classes they teach and who emphasize the process of learning as well as the assimilation of knowledge and skills. In addition, you'll work with state of the art, modern equipment similar to the equipment that is used in the industry currently. Furthermore, the Sullivan University Culinary Arts program boasts, "zero areas of non-compliance" on their most recent accreditation visit from the governing body of The American Culinary Federation.

What are good resources for finding out more on this career field?

  • The Travel Management Report
  • Meeting Professionals International
  • The Professional Convention Management Association
  • The National and State Tourism Council
  • The International Festival and Event Association
  • The American Hotel and Lodging Association
  • The Wedding Industry Professionals Association

Program Success

Program Success


Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

Course Titles
Credit Hours
ACT 101 Principles of Accounting I
ACT 102 Principles of Accounting II
BUS 224 Professional Development
CAT 144 Catering
CAT 244 Special Events Planning and Staff Management
COM 214 Public Speaking
CSC 118 Computer Applications I
ENG 101 Composition I
ENG 102 Composition II
FYE 101 Information Literacy
HRM 104 Introduction to Hospitality Management
HRM 108 Lodging Management
HRM 208 Destination Management and Marketing
MKT 215 Principles of Sales Presentations
MTH 101 College Mathematics
NTA 154 Travel Reference Skills
NTA 215 Tourism/Event Planning Practicum
NTA 244 Tourism
TGE 214 Geography of the Southern Hemisphere
TGE 224 Eurasian Geography
TRV 205 Meeting and Event Planning
TRV 244 Travel Management
TRV 250 Best Practices in Event Management
TRV 252 Event Coordination and Marketing
*ELECT* Natural Science/Math Elective(s)
*ELECT* Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective(s)
*ELECT* Humanities/Fine Arts Elective(s)
Total Credit Hours

*Courses subject to change.

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