Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management (STPAM)
Sustainable tourism has a focus on the economic, socio-cultural and environmental aspects of systems that support travel for recreation and education. This includes the planning, development and management of such systems and their component parts including tourism enterprises. Its implementation requires an interdisciplinary and community-based approach that incorporates social, physical and biological realms. Parks and protected area management encompass a wide range of cultural and natural resources at the local, regional, national and international scales, including land-based and marine areas in settings ranging from urban to remote. The sustainable management of parks and protected areas is critical to the longevity of these areas for conservation purposes as well as to the provision of quality experiences for recreation and long-term economic viability for tourism.
Students in this graduate program will be proficient in research addressing complex and emerging tourism and protected area management issues under the umbrella of sustainability from diverse perspectives at the enterprise, local, national and international levels. PhD graduates will be prepared to work in academia or with a wide range of tourism or protected area entities including government, non-profit organizations and commercial businesses. MS graduates will be prepared to work with a wide range of tourism or protected area entities including government, non-profit organizations and commercial businesses or to continue academic pursuit of a PhD.