Sustainable Tourism

Concentration Description

The M.A. in Global Sustainability concentration in tourism, enables students to learn knowledge and skills as well as obtain personal experience in field of sustainable tourism. Taking advantage of the Florida environment, the concentration focuses specifically on coastal habitat and marine environment issues related to tourism. The program also educates students in the concepts of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Criteria, the concepts of the UNWTO international network for sustainable observatories (INSTO), and provides many experiential learning opportunities including but not limited to beaches, marina, aquariums, and theme parks in Florida.

Concentration Director

Dr. David Randle
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Dr. David Randle
Concentration Director
Sustainable Tourism
Office: CGS 0251
(813) 974-7539

Concentration Courses (9 credit hours)
Choose Three


Examine organizational effectiveness methodologies including Continuous Quality Improvement, Six Sigma, Geri, Hospitality Leadership and Sustainability as they relate to human resources leadership and effectiveness in the hospitality industry.

*This course is only available online.


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.

*This course is available on-campus and online.


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.

*This course is available on-campus and online.


This course will use an interdisciplinary approach to explore climate vulnerability, and pathways of climate mitigation and adaption. Case studies will be reviewed to provide insight on climate change adaption planning and societal resilience. This course is offered both online and on-campus.

*This course is available on-campus and online.
*Course number may differ from the USF Class Schedule Search.

  • OCE 6085 – OCEAN POLICY (3)

Learn about the community of people involved in marine affairs; the use of the sea and coast; current technology and the major policy issues related to the technology trends, and identify multiple sources of information available to students.

*This course is only available on-campus.

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 the PCGS Academic Programs Director,

Randall Pape

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