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Our society has an ever-increasing interest in the greater world outside of our homes. Global tourism continues to grow, which means the industry needs professionals with an intimate understanding of the people, places, cultures, landscapes—everything that links human beings with their environments.

Our travel and tourism program will prepare you to meet this demand all while giving you a chance to see the world for yourself.

And by being a part of the Department of Geography, you’ll gain a much richer understand and context of this profession beyond the business itself.

What You Will Learn

Our program prepares you for a variety of career choices within the travel and tourism industry. The curriculum focuses on tours, meeting planning and programming, as well as tourism promotion and regional development.

As a travel and tourism major, you’ll

  • understand the world
  • become more culturally open-minded
  • develop analytical skills
  • how to apply modern technology to this field

What It’s Like to Study Travel and Tourism at Ball State

Working in the travel and tourism industry means that you’ll need to know about and be able to explain places as well as developing, promoting, and visiting this.

Our home in the Department of Geography will help you better develop this understanding through more general courses on topics such as global geography, map reading, and geographic information systems. All of these classes will pair with ones tailored to your concentration.

Tourism is a multi-dimensional field, which means this program is a great addition for many others on campus for a double major.

Common other majors for this program include:

We are becoming much more global as a society, which has increased the demand for those of us who can assist others with their travel needs.

And all of this will open you to the chance to see the world.

Study Abroad

Our Rinker Center for Global Affairs offers many options for studying abroad, from class trips led by professors to independent exchanges at foreign universities. These programs are open to all students, and they vary in length, location, and cost. Learn more.

Major Requirements

Completing our program will earn you a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in geography with a concentration in travel and tourism.

The travel and tourism option requires a minimum of 57 credits on top of the University Core Curriculum. You’ll take core courses for all geography majors and several that are unique to your concentration.


Total to Graduate: 120

  • Core Major Courses: 15
  • Concentration Courses: 42
  • University Core Courses: 63


The core classes for all geography students will cover topics such as global geography, map reading and graphics, and intro to geographic information systems.

A few of the classes you will take include:

  • GEOG 262 Tourism Regions (World Tourism Geography)
  • GEOG 323 Tourism and Geography of Food
  • GEOG 360 Tours and Meetings Management
  • GEOG 460 Travel and Tourism Consulting
  • GEOG 480 Field Studies in Distant Areas

For a complete list of all courses and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Travel and Tourism? 

The knowledge and skills gained in your courses serve as a good base to obtain entry-level professional competency certifications or endorsements; these are offered in conjunction with industry certification bodies such as the Institute of Certified Travel Agents, National Tour Association, and Viasinc. However, the essence of our program is the broad geographic base that you can use anywhere, even outside the travel and tourism business.

Some of the organizations that have employed our graduates include:

Paying for Your Education

Apply to Ball State

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all applications on an individual basis. Applying is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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One of the best ways to understand why Ball State stands out is to come see it for yourself. You can schedule a visit through our Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Make sure to tell them you’re interested in our program. Or if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.