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Travel, Event and Activity Management (TEAM)

The Travel, Event and Activity Management program (TEAM) is a focused study of many aspects related to the travel and tourism industry. This program aims to teach students in different areas of the hospitality industry:

Event management

Organizations and clients need managers who can plan, prepare, execute, and manage high-quality events. This includes everything from the pre-planning meetings to the actual day-of operations and even the client debrief once the event has completed. Students learn best practices regarding properly staffing an event, creating promotional and other items, learning different types of events from weddings to executive leadership retreats, legal issues surrounding events, and more. Featured classes include:

  • Event Coordination
  • Event Planning and Management
  • Trade Show management.

Travel & Tourism

Globalism and the rise of the internet have expanded the need for trained travel and tourism planners and managers. Brands of all industries are looking to make themselves more visible through the use of travel advertising and promotion. Influencers are entering this space to help build brand identity of travel-related organizations like hotels and resorts, airlines and cruise lines, casinos and theme parks. Courses include: 

  • Travel & Tourism
  • Travel Blogging
  • Study Abroad experiences

Real-world learning experiences

Early in this program students can get hands-on learning through volunteering at events around the Tarleton State University campus and Stephenville community. COMM 2325, event Coordination, requires students to complete at least 20 hours of volunteer event work to get a sense of the types of duties related to event management. Other courses like Trade Show Management will give students the experience of working on class projects with an actual client. These help to build resumes.

Through our departmental internship called Legendary Weddings and Special Events, students are able to earn credit, a paycheck, or possibly secure a job after working with clients that partner with Legendary Weddings and Special Events. This is largely for students in their junior and senior years who have an understanding of the fundamentals of event coordination.

Teach Texas is a program that Communication Studies has had curriculum approved for study of travel and tourism in Texas. Students will ride the Amtrak train west and visit some of the popular tourism destinations in west Texas including Marfa, Alpine, Terlingua, and others. Other Study Abroad opportunities to study Travel & Tourism is other countries will also be available.

You can find academic advising guides and course rotations for Communication Studies in the online catalog.


Kasey Burgan

Kasey Burgan

I graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies, emphasis in Public Relations and Event Management. Life has been treating me well since I left Stephenville! Currently, I am working for Syneos Health, a global biopharmaceutical company, where I assist with planning educational events for healthcare providers across the nation. 

Jaci Ingram

Jaci Ingram

Since graduating in August (Summer) 2015 I have had some amazing jobs in the wedding industry but I am currently working as a wedding planner in New York, NY with Tracy Taylor Ward Design.

Drew Isom

Drew Isom

I graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations & Event Management. Currently, I am working in the Membership & Special Events department at the Kimbell Art Museum as the Membership Database and Young Professional Friends(YPF) Coordinator. I help manage memberships as well as oversee the whole database for our department to provide statistic/analytic reports of anything concerning memberships and donations given to the museum. I also plan events for young adults that are in our Young Professional Friends membership category.

Kendyl Weatherly (Martin)

Kendyl Weatherly (Martin)

I graduated from Tarleton in 2019 and got my degree in Public Relations and Event Management. I currently own my business Everything Bridal, and use the skills I learned to make a bride's wedding planning process easier and make the best day of a couple's lives run as smoothly as possible. I live in North Texas with my husband and new puppy, Maze. I love wine, crafts, and decorating, but most of all, helping brides make the wedding of their dreams come to life!