SET THE GLOBAL STANDARD
Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and makes up almost 10% of the global economy. This rapid growth presents both a danger and an opportunity for achieving a more sustainable planet.
If tourism industry is allowed to develop unchecked, it could greatly increase the industry’s share of carbon emissions, social disruption, and local income inequality. Additionally, unplanned tourism endangers cultural heritage, damages habitats, and contributes to biodiversity loss.
The good news is that sustainable tourism is the fastest growing sector within the tourism industry. By adhering to Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, we can strike a balance between new development and the health of the local community, economy, and environment.
At the Patel College of Global Sustainability, we believe that sustainable tourism may be one of the world’s best hopes to become a more sustainable planet and mitigate the impacts of issues such as climate change, ocean acidification, and other planetary boundary issues.
You can learn more about our sustainable tourism internships available by clicking on the internship projects below:
PCGS alumnus Anthony Pooley’s photo from his Malawi internship.
All students in the M.A. program in Global Sustainability must complete the core requirements (18 credits), at least one concentration (6 credits), and two elective courses (6 credits).
All courses for this program are offered fully online, fully on-campus, or in a combination.
The M.A. in Global Sustainability concentration in Sustainable Tourism (6 credit hours) enables students to understand the relationships between tourism, society, culture and sustainability. Students develop the skills necessary to design a successful sustainable tourism strategy and development plan that is beneficial to business, coastal and marine habitats, and the local community. This can be completed online or on-campus.
IDS 6236 – Sustainable Tourism Development: Principles & Practices (3)
This course focuses on environmentally and socially responsible tourism strategies and innovations, including initiatives such as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. It examines how destinations have improved competitiveness by creating environmentally and socially friendly tourism products and services. The course emphasizes establishing policies and management plans to identify and reduce the environmental impact created by tourism facilities and services, and looks at how to create environmental management systems (EMS) with broad public/private support.
IDS 6237 – Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Management for Coastal & Marine Habitat Protection (3)
This course focuses the ecotourism and sustainable tourism management for coastal habitat and marine protection. The course includes strategies and innovations, including best practices developed in the global “Blue Criteria” and the Sustainable Travel “Shore Excursion” criteria. It examines the major threats of coastal habitat and marine environments, such as ocean acidification, climate change, overfishing, and pollution. The course emphasizes establishing policies and management plans to identify and reduce the environmental impact created by tourism facilities and services, examines twelve cost effective strategies for coastal and marine habitat protection and provides an introduction to culture based leadership development for change.
On successful completion of this program, participants should be able to:
- Explain the concepts of sustainability related to coastal and marine habitats
- Understand the key impacts on coastal and marine habitat from influences such as ocean acidification, climate change and ocean pollution
- Understand the impacts ecotourism and sustainable tourism accommodations and resorts have on coastal and marine environments
- Utilize the tools of sustainable tourism that apply to coastal and marine habitat protection for both accommodations and tour operations
- Understand the relationships between tourism, society, culture, and sustainability
- Attain knowledge, skills and experience to design a sustainable tourism strategy and development plan to protect coastal and marine habitat
- Acquire knowledge and skills for culture based leadership development to more effectively manage coastal and marine habitat
- Gain an understanding of the interrelationships between people, the environment, and profits in the development of successful, sustainable tourism programs
For more information about this concentration, please contact PCGS Admissions Specialist,