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The online Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality Management emphasis within Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (PRT) is designed to prepare students with the theoretical knowledge, operational expertise, and technical skills to succeed in a diverse and exciting field. Students in this program learn about cultural and ethical implications of tourism, tourism policy, biodiversity and cultural heritage conservation, destination marketing, visitor management, customer service, event management, sustainability, and tourism economics. Students may also earn the Hospitality Operations Certificate from the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The University of Utah is the only school in Utah to offer this certificate.

In this program, you can focus your education on sustainable tourism management, hospitality management, or tourism enterprise and marketing management. This allows you to customize your degree to meet your needs. The online format of this program provides the flexibility and convenience necessary for working professionals, distance students, or travelers who want to complete the degree in a timely manner.

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At the University of Utah, our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching. Enjoy the benefit of studying online at your own pace while still engaging with classmates and instructors. This flexible way of teaching improves your overall experience and your ability to retain what you learn.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Peer reviews, where you review and comment on assignments from other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Communicate directly with the instructor via email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; for some courses we offer Q&A sessions in a classroom.

66 Credit Hours: Program credits only. This does not include gen ed/bachelor degree requirements or the university's 122-hour rule.

66 credit hours are required to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with an emphasis in Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality Management. This includes successful completion of a senior internship and the optional Hospitality Operations Certificate.

Many students finish coursework in four semesters and complete their internship during the summer months. The coursework for this program is completely online, and students can begin this program in fall, spring, or summer.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with an emphasis in Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality Management.

All of the courses at the University, whether online or on campus, are taught by the same high-quality faculty members. There’s no distinction on your diploma that you completed courses online.

Students may customize their degree through the choice of elective focus areas in sustainable tourism, hospitality management, or tourism marketing and enterprise. Freshman, transfer, returning, or non-traditional students can all register for this online program. All of the coursework can be completed online.

Core Courses in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism

All students will complete a total of 42 credit hours in required Parks, Recreation, and Tourism courses, including an internship. These courses provide the breadth of knowledge and foundational skills that are required in the industry.

PRT 3100

Foundations of PRT

PRT 3101

Professional Preparation in PRT

PRT 3207

PRT Management

PRT 3211

PRT Experience & Service Marketing

PRT 3310

Leisure Behavior & Human Diversity

PRT 3320

Recreation Programming & Leadership

PRT 3520

Liability and Risk Management -OR- PRT 3206 Hospitality Law

PRT 3700

Computer Applications in PRT

PRT 3780

Evaluation in PRT

PRT 5395

Financial Management in PRT

PRTL 1500

Wilderness Recreation

PRT 4828

The Senior Internship

Core Courses in Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality Management

All students will complete a total of 9 credit hours in required Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality Management courses, which are designed to introduce students to topics, issues, and skills for tourism and hospitality.

PRT 3201

Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism

PRT 5460

Electronic Marketing in PRT

PRT 5875

Sustainable Tourism & Protected Area Management

Elective Focus Areas

All students will complete a total of 15 credit hours in one of three focus areas. The elective focus areas allow students to customize their degree to their interests and needs.

  • Sustainable Tourism Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Tourism Enterprise and Marketing


*Subject to change without notice
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Graduates with an emphasis in Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality Management are empowered to work effectively in management, sales and marketing, human resources, customer service, and research in myriad governmental agencies and private businesses that collectively comprise the tourism and hospitality industry. For example, our alumni have gone on to work in human resources for airlines, sales management for hotels, recreation management for resorts, event management for hotel and tourism agencies, guest services for cruise lines, and tour guiding for ecotourism companies. There is a wide range of opportunities for graduates in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.

Last Updated: 3/5/24