Global Hospitality and Tourism

Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Hospitality


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Prepare to Manage the Environmental, Economic and Socio-Cultural Impact of the Hospitality Industry

Managing the environmental, social and economic health of destinations is critical to the long-term success of the hospitality and tourism industry. Gain essential skills for creating sustainable solutions for destinations and communities while balancing environmental, economic and socio-cultural effects.


Benefits of EKU Online

Eco-friendliness is evolving from a trendy bonus item to a must-have priority for the growing number of environmentally and socially conscious travelers.

Program benefits include:

Career Opportunities

According to the Department of Labor and Statistics, the need for hospitality and tourism is increasing steadily. A food travel industry report published by the World Food Travel Association identified that “96% of expert respondents have a positive outlook about the growth of the food travel industry in the next two years”. The Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry Association (, reported that the US travel and tourism industry generated over $1.6 trillion in economic output in 2017, supporting 7.8 million jobs in the US.
Careers include:
  • Conference event/services manager
  • Culinary food tour director
  • Food service manager
  • Lodging manager
  • Attractions supervisor
  • Cruise director
  • Director of catering
  • Casino Manager
  • Sommelier
  • Brewery Tour Guide
Find your career


EKU’s curriculum prepares students to pursue a variety of rewarding career possibilities across this diverse industry. The program offers a unique curriculum that provides a strong background in sustainable solutions and prepares graduates to manage the environmental, economic and socio-cultural impact of tourism.

Degree Requirements

A total of 24 credits are required to graduate.

View the sustainable hospitality certificate requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions, see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

SHO 341 – Sustainable Hospitality
An examination of economic, socio-cultural, and environmental principles and practices for sustainable hospitality at the local, regional, and global level.

SHO 410 – Mutigenerational Programming
An in-depth analysis of hospitality and tourism programming to meet the needs of individuals across the lifespan.  Special emphasis on developmentally appropriate activities and programs within each sector of the hospitality and tourism industry.

SHO 420 – Sustainable Global Practices
A study of sustainable global practices in hospitality and tourism industries. Application of sustainable practices in a variety of sectors incorporating system approaches. 

SHO 460 – Universal Sustainable Design
A study of universal design and sustainable practices utilized in hospitality and tourism industries to increase inclusivity and social justice.


Lauren Seaman Global Hospitality and Tourism

Lauren Seaman

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Lauren Seaman for information about the EKU Online Global Hospitality and Tourism program.

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Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June

Additional Contact Information

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