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Tourism BSBA (Casino Resort Management)
Program Overview

Explore the exciting world of Tourism with a Casino and Resort Management degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.  At Southern Miss, our students will develop an understanding of the stakeholders and industry practices necessary for success in entry-level managerial positions in the gaming industry or other general business sectors.

Online at Southern Miss understands the need our students have to balance work, school and a personal life.  Our BSBA program is offered in a convenient and affordable platform that allows some coursework to be done online, while also spending some time on campus receiving face-to-face instruction.  Let Southern Miss deal you a good hand. This is your life, plus college.

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Degree Requirements


  • ENG 101 – Composition One 3 hrs.
  • ENG 102 – Composition Two 3 hrs.


Science Requirement (8 minimum hours)

Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111 – General Astronomy I 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 111L – General Astronomy I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • AST 112 – General Astronomy II 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 112L – General Astronomy II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BSC 103 – Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊ AND
  • BSC 103L – Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr ◊
  • BSC 110 – Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 110L – Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BSC 111 – Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 111L – Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BSC 250 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 250L – Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BSC 251 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 251L – Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 104 – Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 104L – Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 106 – General Chemistry I 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 106L – General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 107 – General Chemistry II 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 107L – General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • GHY 104 – Weather and Climate 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 104L – Weather and Climate Laboratory 1 hr.
  • GHY 105 – Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 105L – Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography Laboratory 1 hr.
  • GLY 101 – Physical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 101L – Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.
  • GLY 103 – Historical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 103L – Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.
  • MAR 151 – Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. AND
  • MAR 151L – Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 103 – Introductory Physics 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 103L – Introductory Physics Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 111 – General Physics I 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 111L – General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 112 – General Physics II 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 112L – General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 201 – General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 201L – General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 202 – General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 202L – General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PSC 190 – Living in a Material World 3 hrs. AND
  • PSC 190L – Lab for Living in a Material World 1 hr.
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

  • MAT 100 – Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 – College Algebra 3 hrs. **
  • Higher-level MAT course*


  • ENG 203 – World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required:

  • HIS 101 – World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs.
  • HIS 102 – World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
  • PHI 151 – Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • PHI 171 – Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 – Comparative Religion 3 hrs.


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 – Art Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 130 – Dance Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • MUS 165 – The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.
  • THE 100 – Theatrical Expressions 3 hrs.


  • ANT 101 – The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • COH 100 – Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs.
  • ECO 101 – Basic Economics 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 – World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 101 – American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 – General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 101 – Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.


MIS 300 – Management Information Systems 3 hrs.



Select 1 course:

  • ENG 333 – Technical Writing 3 hrs. (WI)
  • IT 380 – Organizational Communication 3 hrs. (WI)
  • ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites


Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 – Oral Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 305 – Interpersonal Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 320 – Business and Professional Speaking 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 330 – Small-Group Communication 3 hrs. (SI)


  • MGT 400 – Global Managerial Policy and Strategy 3 hrs. (Capstone)Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites

Note:


*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

GEC 06 – GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.



  • TM 100 – Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism 3 hrs.
  • TM 340 – Global Tourism 3 hrs.
  • TM 358 – Food and Beverage Operations 3 hrs.
  • TM 368 – Hotel Operations 3 hrs.
  • TM 445 – Financial Aspects of Hospitality Operations 3 hrs.
Select 3 courses:

  • TM 345 – Customer Services Management 3 hrs.
  • TM 375 – Beverage Control and Service 3 hrs.
  • TM 378 – Casino and Resort Operations 3 hrs.
  • TM 441 – Legal Aspects of Hospitality and Tourism 3 hrs.
  • TM 442 – Strategic Hospitality Sales Leadership 3 hrs.
  • TM 457 – Catering and Buffet Management 3 hrs.
  • TM 458 – Advanced Restaurant Operations Management 3 hrs.
  • TM 467 – Conventions and Meetings Management 3 hrs.
  • TM 468 – Hotel Operations Management II 3 hrs.
  • TM 478 – Casino and Resort Operations Management II 3 hrs.
  • TM 479 – Internship in Hospitality Management 3 hrs.
  • TM 492 – Special Problems 1-6 hrs.
  • TM 494 – Strategic Destination Analysis 3 hrs.


College of Business Core Courses

  • ACC 200 – Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 hrs. AND
  • ACC 200L – Introduction to Financial Accounting Lab 0
  • ACC 220 – Managerial Accounting 3 hrs.
  • BA 200 – The Legal Environment of Business 3 hrs.
  • BA 201 – Managerial Statistics I 3 hrs.
  • BA 250 – Introduction to Business Analytics 1 hr.
  • ECO 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics 3 hrs.
  • ECO 202 – Principles of Microeconomics 3 hrs.
  • any approved College of Business international course
  • FIN 300 – Principles of Finance 3 hrs.
  • MGT 300 – Management for Organizations 3 hrs.
  • MGT 325 – Operations Management 3 hrs.
  • MGT 400 – Global Managerial Policy and Strategy 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • MIS 300 – Management Information Systems 3 hrs.
  • MKT 300 – Principles of Marketing 3 hrs.
Additional BSBA Requirements

  • ENG 333 – Technical Writing 3 hrs. or
  • IT 380 – Organizational Communication 3 hrs.
  • MAT 102 – Brief Applied Calculus 3 hrs.
  • PHI 300 – Business Ethics 3 hrs.
Select 1 course:

  • IT 200 – Introduction to Business Communication 3 hrs.
  • IT 361 – Computer Applications in Business Technology I 3 hrs.
  • ENG 301 – English Grammar 3 hrs.
  • Single foreign language course
Select 1 course:

  • ANT 101 – The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • ANT 221 – Introduction to Cultural & Linguistic Anthropology 3 hrs.
  • ANT 311 – World Cultures 3 hrs.
  • FL 401
  • GHY 331 – Cultural Systems in the Environment 3 hrs.
  • GHY 341 – Geography and World Political Affairs 3 hrs.
  • HIS 424 – The World in the 20th Century 3 hrs.
  • PS 350 – Political Systems of the Modern World 3 hrs.
  • Single foreign language course not used in BSBA Requirement, “Select 1 course”, see above


Choose electives as needed with adviser’s approval. Non-business courses recommended. (See Hours to Degree below.)

Hours to Degree


120 hours are needed to graduate with a BSBA in Tourism. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions


Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.  



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