Tourism Development and Management: Sustainable Tourism*

As sustainability expands in popularity as a discipline, students are looking to find ways to better understand how they can apply the principles of sustainability to specific areas of interest. A concentration in sustainable tourism development will allow students to learn the basic concepts and theories of tourism development and management and help them identify ways in which tourism can contribute to sustainable development, locally and globally.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of graded classroom coursework (no internship, no independent study including 12 credit hours of upper division courses.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00.
  • Students must be a junior to take 400-level courses.
  • * These courses are newly developed and are in the process of final approval. Topics were previously available as TDM 494 Special Topics classes. Consult with an advisor in the College of Public Programs for DARS applicability.
  • M - Course transfer equivalent available from Maricopa County Community College District, details are provided on the Transfer Information tab.

Core 12 Hours Required

TDM 205 Introduction to Travel and Tourism, G (3)

TDM 480 Sustainable Tourism (3) (Prerequisites: PRM 120 or TDM 205 or 60 minimum hours)

TDM 372 Tourism Planning, L (3) (Prerequisites: Minimum 2.50 GPA; Minimum 45 hours; TDM 205 or RTM 373 with C or better; MAT 142 or higher with C or better)

TDM 458 International Tourism, G (3)

Electives 6 hours required
Select in consultation with an advisor.
Choose elective courses from the following:

TDM 448 Heritage and Cultural Tourism (3) (Prerequisites: TDM 205 with C or better; Credit is allowed for only TDM 448 or CRD 598 Heritage and Cultural Tourism))

TDM 481 Sustainable Food Management in Tourism (3)(Prerequisite: Junior standing; Minimum 60 hours)

TDM 482 Sustainable Revenue Management (3)(Prerequisites: MAT 142 or higher; Minimum 72 hours)

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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