Plan your dream job with a Tourism Specialist diploma.

Once you graduate from our Tourism Specialist program, you may work as a reservationist, tour planner, travel agency manager or event manager. Sullivan University will prepare you for these and other travel and tourism positions through a mix of general education and hospitality and travel studies.

You may also move on to our Associate Degree in Event Management and Tourism or Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management.

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma

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 Tourism Specialist 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 tourism, including travel references and geography.

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
  • Tour guide
  • 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
  • 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 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.

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

Program Success

Program Success


Length: 9 months

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
NTA 154 Travel Reference Skills
NTA 244 Tourism
TGE 214 Geography of the Southern Hemisphere
TRV 205 Meeting Planning
TRV 244 Travel Management
CSC 118 Computer Applications I
BUS 224 Professional Development
ENG 101 Composition I
ENG 102 Composition II
FYE 101 Information Literacy
MTH 101 College Mathematics
HRM 104 Introduction to Hospitality Management
HRM 208 Destination Management and Marketing
Total Credit Hours

*Courses subject to change.

For more information about program successes in graduation rates, placement rates and occupations.

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