As of the Fall 2013 semester, USM students and area professionals will be able to enroll in two new programs of study offered by the Program in Tourism & Hospitality (TAH).
The first is a new Minor in Tourism and Hospitality, designed to provide a broad background in the field for those students pursuing other majors at USM. Students select five courses from the broad offerings in the program, creating a minor that appeals to their own interests. This new program will be attractive to students in majors related to business, the environment, recreation, social sciences, and the arts, among other areas.
The second new offering is a Certificate in Tourism Development and Planning, designed to appeal to professionals working in the planning and economic development fields. Students complete a total of four courses (one required and three electives) related to various aspects of town and regional planning, community development, festival and event management, cultural tourism, and related areas. One or more research projects allow students in this program to actively apply what they learn to their own communities or to other towns and regions in the state.
These new programs illustrate our faculty's commitment to creating innovative and flexible programs that respond to student interests and the needs of Maine's communities and tourism industry. Look for additional exciting opportunities in the coming months.