Academic Programs

Sustainable Tourism Certificate

PCGS alumnus Anthony Pooley's ('14) photo from his Malawi internship.

PCGS alumnus Anthony Pooley's ('14) photo from his Malawi internship.

Certificate Descriptions:

Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world, accounting for 9% of the world GDP and 10.5% of the world's workforce. Tourism is also the fastest growing industry in the world and the ecotourism/ sustainable tourism sector is the fastest growing sector in the tourism industry. The goal of this certificate program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools to develop sustainable tourism programs that meet Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

This certificate program will provide a general foundation of sustainable tourism and related concepts of sustainability. It is designed to appeal to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and interests in the tourism and hospitality industry. The curriculum will be of particular interest to those related to global tourism movements such as the United Nation's World Tourism Organization, the International Ecotourism Society, and the Global Sustainability Tourism Council.

 

Required Courses (6 credit hours): 

This course discusses basic concepts and principles of sustainable development. It discusses systems thinking and different sustainability perspectives such as local/global and historical/future. Best practices will be analyzed through case studies.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

The course provides sustainability practitioners an overview of how economics and finance enhance sustainability. The emphasis is on environmental economics and innovative finance; students learn how scarce natural resources can be optimally allocated.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

 

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Choose two: 

Examine organizational effectiveness methodologies including Continuous Quality Improvement, Six Sigma, Geri, Hospitality Leadership and Sustainability as they relate to human resources leadership and effectiveness in the hospitality industry.

*This course is only available online.

This course focuses on environmentally and socially responsible tourism strategies and innovations, including initiatives such as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. It examines how destinations have improved competitiveness by creating environmentally and socially friendly tourism products and services. The course emphasizes establishing policies and management plans to identify and reduce the environmental impact created by tourism facilities and services, and looks at how to create environmental management systems (EMS) with broad public/private support.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

This course focuses the ecotourism and sustainable tourism management for coastal habitat and marine protection. The course includes strategies and innovations, including best practices developed in the global "Blue Criteria" and the Sustainable Travel "Shore Excursion" criteria. It examines the major threats of coastal habitat and marine environments, such as ocean acidification, climate change, overfishing, and pollution. The course emphasizes establishing policies and management plans to identify and reduce the environmental impact created by tourism facilities and services, examines twelve cost effective strategies for coastal and marine habitat protection and provides an introduction to culture based leadership development for change.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

Mitigating climate change and transitioning to sustainability require a civil evolution to a postcarbon ecological economy. The course charts cultural and structural aspects of viable evolutionary pathways.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

Learn about the community of people involved in marine affairs; the use of the sea and coast; current technology and the major policy issues related to the technology trends, and identify multiple sources of information available to students.

*This course is only available on-campus.

The course will address the primary aspects of sustainability, security, and resiliency in port infrastructure and operations, including: port safety and security; water-side and land-side transportation; cyber security; natural hazards (including storm surge); hazardous material spill response and contingency planning; adaptation to climate change; environmental protection, permitting, mitigation, and remediation; community interactions; and economic development.

*This course is only available online.

 

Point of Contact

If you have any general questions relating to PCGS graduate certificate programs,please contact

Toure Rider
813-974-9943
trider@usf.edu