Tourism and Hospitality Studies


Major in Geography - Tourism Program

Amistad    Geisha     Tourism Geography  

The tourism program at CCSU was established in the Geography Department in 1982 to recognize and meet the demands of what was seen at the time as a new and potentially large economic development sector in Connecticut, the United States and the world. As such it is one of the oldest tourism programs in the country and the only such public baccalaureate program in Connecticut.

Initial program emphasis is placed on understanding the basic nature and driving forces behind the tourism industry before requiring the student to focus on tourism planning, marketing or management. However all students leave the CCSU program with a basic understanding of all the components and workings of the tourism industry as well having served an internship within the industry such that they have a wide variety of career options within the industry upon graduation.

To date our students have obtained attractive positions in various hotel companies, sports tourism, international companies like Disney Corporation and Royal Caribbean, and Connecticut attractions including the Connecticut Convention Center, the Connecticut Science Center, Lake Compounce, and the Mark Twain House, Lake Compounce.

Dr. Richard Benfield, Dr. Ivan Turnipseed and Dr. John Lee deliver the majority of the tourism classes. Between them they bring to the program over thirty-five years of experience in the tourism business most notably in tourism operations, tourism marketing and destination area management.

Core Requirements

Credit Hours

Geog 110 - Introduction to Geography
Geog 120 - World Regional Geography
Geog 130 - Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences

9 Credits

Planning - G241 Introduction to Planning (see Note 3)

0 Credit

Physical Geography - select any one of the physical geography courses.

3 Credits

Regional - 3 credits from Geog 330 - United States and Canada, 434-Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean,435-Japan and Korea, 436-South America,437-China, 446-Sub-Saharan Africa, 448-Russia and Neighboring Regions,452-European Union,,459-Field Studies in Regional Geography

3 Credits


Program Requirements-Select 15 credits from

Credit Hours

Geog. 290 - Geography of Tourism

3 Credits

Geog. 291 - National Parks and World Heritage Sites

3 Credits

Geog. 450 - Tourism Planning

3 Credits

Geog. 451 - Tourism Development in Southern New England
3 Credits
Geog. 453 - Recreation and Resort Planning
3 Credits
Geog. 454 - Geography of Tourism Marketing

3 Credits

Geog. 455 - New Directions in Tourism
3 Credits



Credit Hours

Hospitality/Tourism Elective (THS)

3 Credits

Geography Elective

3 Credits



Geog. 430 - Internship in Geography

3 Credits

Total: 39 Credits

1. One course acceptable to the student's advisor may be substituted for Geog. 425 or 430
2. Completion of a minor in another discipline is also required. Minors in Marketing, Management or a Foreign Language are particularly desirable.
3. G241 counts against General Education, not the major