Tourism Development and Management*

The concentration in tourism development and management provides students with the planning and development skills needed to enter the largest industry in the world. Exposure to the businesses of sustainable tourism, heritage tourism and meeting and convention planning will begin to prepare students for successful careers in the fast-growing travel and tourism industry. According to both the World Tourism Organization and the World Travel and Tourism Council, the travel and tourism industry is the largest industry and employer in the world. It is the third largest industry in the United States and ranks as the second largest industry in Arizona. 


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Must be a junior to take 400 level courses.
  • M - Course transfer equivalent available from Maricopa County Community College District, details are provided on the Transfer Information tab.

Core 6 Hours

TDM 205 Introduction to Travel and Tourism, G (3)
TDM 480 Sustainable Tourism (3) (Prerequisites: PRM 120 or TDM 205 or 60 minimum hours) 

Electives 12 Hours Upper Division
Choose elective courses from the following:

PRM 380 Wilderness and Parks in America, SB & H (3)

PRM 475 OR TDM 475 Entrepreneurial Recreation and Tourism (3) (Prerequisites: PRM 120 or REC 120 with C or better)

PRM 486 Special Events Management (3)

TDM 345 Meeting and Convention Planning (3) (Prerequisites: TDM 205 or RTM 373 with C or better)

TDM 350 Tourism Marketing (3) (Prerequisites: TDM 205 or RTM 373 with C or better; Minimum 45 hours)

TDM 386 Convention Sales and Planning

TDM 415 Tourism Transportations Systems (3) (Prerequisites: TDM 205 or RTM 373 with C or better)

TDM 448 Heritage and Cultural Tourism (3) (Prerequisites: TDM 205 with C or better)

TDM 458 International Tourism, G (3)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.






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