Academic Programs

Sustainable Tourism Concentration

 Concentration Director:

Dr. Brooke Hansen

Director of Sustainable Tourism Concentration
Assistant Professor

Dr. Randle

Concentration Description:

The M.A. in Global Sustainability concentration in tourism enables students to learn knowledge and skills as well as obtain personal experience in the field of sustainable tourism. Taking advantage of the Florida environment, the concentration focuses specifically on coastal habitat and marine environment issues related to tourism. The program also educates students in the concepts of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Criteria, the concepts of the UNWTO international network for sustainable observatories (INSTO), and provides many experiential learning opportunities including but not limited to beaches, marina, aquariums, and theme parks in Florida.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the concepts of sustainability related to coastal and marine habitats
  • Understand the key impacts on coastal and marine habitat from influences such as ocean acidification, climate change, and ocean pollution
  • Understand the impacts of ecotourism and sustainable tourism accommodations and resorts have on coastal and marine environments
  • Utilize the tools of sustainable tourism that apply to coastal and marine habitat protection for both accommodations and tour operations
  • Understand the relationships between tourism, society, culture, and sustainability
  • Attain knowledge, skills, and experience to design a sustainable tourism strategy and development plan to protect coastal and marine habitat
  • Acquire knowledge and skills for culture-based leadership development to more effectively manage coastal and marine habitat
  • Gain an understanding of the interrelationships between people, the environment, and profits in the development of successful, sustainable tourism programs

Concentration Courses:

  • IDS 6236 - Sustainable Tourism Development: Principles & Practices
  • IDS 6237 - Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Management
  • IDS 6216 - United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • IDS 6938 - Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  • IDS 6938 - Policy for Sustainability
  • ANG 6436 - Issues in Heritage Tourism

Course Descriptions

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