Academic Program

Sustainable Tourism Concentration

 Concentration Director:

Dr. Brooke Hansen

Director of Sustainable Tourism Concentration
Associate Professor

Research Projects

UN SDG Alliance

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Concentration Description:

The Sustainable Tourism program focuses on training students for careers in sustainable tourism, ecotourism, consulting, and sustainable tourism certifications. The program was designated in 2019 as an Academic Affiliate of the Center for Responsible Tourism (CREST) headquartered in Washington, D.C., where PCGS interns have been placed. Taking advantage of the Florida environment, the concentration focuses on issues related to cultural and heritage tourism, marine tourism, agritourism, and transitioning Florida’s number one industry – tourism – to sustainable practices such as Ocean Friendly Certifications. Globally, the program offers classes that examine trends and case examples from around the world for sustainable tourism development through frameworks developed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The program provides many experiential learning opportunities including but not limited to beaches, aquariums, and parks in Florida, including Egmont Key.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Articulate the history, scope and models of sustainable tourism

  • Identify unsustainable practices in tourism and provide sustainable alternatives to issues involving energy, waste, environmental degradation, economic disparities, and cultural challenges involving hosts and guests

  • Discuss leading global organizations and their strategic plans for sustainable tourism development, including the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)

  • Compare global strategic plans and initiatives for sustainable tourism with Florida based organizations including state, county and municipal entities

  • Attain knowledge, skills, and experience to design a sustainable tourism strategy and development plan

  • Gain an understanding of the interrelationships between people, planet, and prosperity in the development of successful, sustainable tourism programs

Concentration Courses:

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ANG 6436 Issues in Heritage Tourism (Credit Hours: 3)

  • IDS 6216 Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(Credit Hours: 3)

  • IDS 6239 Principles of Six Sigma for Sustainability (Credit Hours: 3)

  • IDS 6275 Policy for Sustainability (Credit Hours: 3)

  • IDS 6707 Envisioning Sustainability: Tools for 21st Century Communicators of Sustainability Science (Credit Hours: 3)
  • IDS 6938 Applied Heritage and Sustainability Research (Credit Hours: 3)
  • TTE 6315 Transportation Safety (Credit Hours: 3)

Course Descriptions

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