2018-19 Catalogs

Certificate in Tourism Development and Planning

The Certificate in Tourism Development and Planning provides professional training in the theory and practice of economic development based on tourism attractions and services. While designed to meet the needs of those engaged in economic development and planning, it is open to all students, including those enrolled in Tourism and Hospitality degrees. Courses examine tourism from community and regional perspectives and prepare students to work for and with town offices, state agencies, and other government and non-government entities to develop, plan and market tourism opportunities. Case studies and projects allow students to learn from and apply their knowledge to real-world situations in Maine and beyond.

Completion of 12 credits as described below with a grade of C- or better in each course. As part of at least one of their courses in the certificate, students must complete a project that involves original research, service learning, and/or professional experience directly related to the certificate. The certificate coordinator will assist the student with selection of a project that meets the student’s personal goals and interests.

All students must complete the following course:

  • TAH 241 Tourism & Community Development

Students then select three of the following courses, at least one of which must be at the 300 level or higher, and one of which must include a research, service or professional project.

  • TAH 211 Tourism Entrepreneurship
  • TAH 231 Introduction to Sustainable Tourism
  • TAH 251 Ecotourism & Sustainable Development
  • TAH 261 Introduction to Cultural Tourism
  • TAH 311 Event Planning & Management
  • TAH 341 Tourism, Development & Sustainability
  • TAH 361 Local Food & Agritourism
  • TAH 406 Research in Tourism & Hospitality
  • TAH 407 Field Study in Tourism & Hospitality
  • TAH 408 Practicum in Tourism & Hospitality
  • TAH 409 Tourism & Hospitality Internship
  • TAH 415 Trends and Innovation in Tourism & Hospitality
  • TAH 430 Topics in Tourism Planning, Development and Sustainability

Students may select one of the following courses in place of one elective above.

  • ESP 200 Environmental Planning
  • ESP 305 Community Planning Workshop
  • GEO 209 Introduction to Land Use Planning
  • GEO 203 Urban & Regional Development
  • GEO 210 Planning Maine Communities

Candidates for admission must submit:

  • Online application for Certificate Program;
  • Official transcripts or copies of official transcripts from secondary school and/or all colleges and universities from which you received a degree;
  • Additional or other special admission requirements specified by program.

The application for certificate programs is available online at http://usm.maine.edu/apply. Please note, students who are enrolled solely in an undergraduate certificate program are not eligible for Federal financial aid.