Tourism stimulates the global movement of people and impacts national, regional, and local economies and environments. It creates relationships between people and the places they visit. National Geographic defines geotourism as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, geology, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. Academic institutions, tourism bureaus, the hospitality industry, regional and national governments have begun to adopt this new concept in tourism development.
Historic Preservation trains professionals who utilize best practices to ethically steward, preserve, and interpret our diverse cultural heritage. As cohorts of the only Historic Preservation program embedded in geography, students learn to document, preserve, and interpret historic structures, objects, and places within the context of their cultural landscape setting.
The study of geotourism and historic preservation represents an excellent example of applied human geography. Upon completion of the concentration, students will be well prepared as geography specialists.
How do tourism and historic preservation shape landscapes, impact the environment, affect communities and economic development? These are just some of the questions that are applicable in studies in geotourism and historic preservation.
Geotourism at EMU seeks to develop tourism education, research, and community engagement rooted in the discipline of Geography that enhances the geographic character of places and landscapes. Study at EMU enables graduates to become leaders and entrepreneurs in local, national, and international tourism initiatives.
Students in historic preservation gain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the field and are well-suited to continue in EMU’s award-winning Master’s of Historic Preservation Program should they desire. Students participate in a variety of practical experiences, including preservation documentation, heritage interpretation, and addressing the real needs of local communities.
Career opportunities for graduates include: City, state, and national tourism and preservation offices; City planning and community development; Convention and visitor bureaus; Entrepreneurship; Event planning; Festival Organization; Museums; Non-governmental organizations; Recreation and leisure management; Travel agencies, airlines, and accommodation providers; U.S. National Park Service; World tourism organizations
Major Requirements: 59 hours
Students will complete both of the following core areas in Geography and Geotourism & Historic Preservation.
Geotourism and Historic Preservation: 23 hours
Elective Courses: 12 hours
Choose twelve hours from the following. Please note that electives outside of the department may require additional prerequisite courses not accounted for in the major degree plan.
This major does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information
Each undergraduate student will be responsible for the fulfillment of the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.
In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check the requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.