Tourism involves people’s activities when they travel to and stay in places where they do not normally live and work for less than a year, and for leisure, business, or other purposes. This, one of the largest and most expansive industries in the world, is the object of study in Tourism Studies.
The increasing interest in travel places ever greater demands on the tourism industry. Travel destinations need to be developed and planned continuously, and progressively more attention must be paid to both visitors and residents, as well as the environment. This means that more and more highly educated and competent people are sought after in the tourism industry.
One of the most rapidly growing industries
Are you curious about the tourism and hospitality industry? Would you like to work in one of the fastest growing industries in Sweden as well as the rest of the world? If yes, an education in Tourism Studies at Karlstad University is for you!
If you choose Tourism Studies at Karlstad University, you will learn about for instance the development of tourism in history and the possible motives for travelling. In addition, various resources related to tourism are identified, as well as instruments used when planning for tourism. There is a focus on human consumption and production perspectives and tourism is discussed from an international point of view. You will also find out about destination development and learn how scientific investigations are planned, carried out, and reported.
The Tourism Programme
You can stake the Tourism Programme at Karlstad University (a part of Karlstad Business School) and complete a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Studies (180 ECTS credits). You can also take Tourism Studies as independent courses equivalent to 90 ECTS credits.
The Tourism Programme gives you the opportunity to study tourism from different perspectives. What does travel look like today and how has it changed over time? What are the latest tourism trends? What will the tourism of the future look like? An important aspect of our study programme is cooperation with the tourism industry, which can involve visits from guest lecturers, field trips, national and international excursions, internships, and meeting places for entrepreneurs, public organisations, and students. Studying the Tourism Programme also means good opportunities for studying abroad.
Just like the subjects of Human Geography and Physical Geography, Tourism Studies also includes a great many research activities. In addition, the department enjoys well-established collaborative relationships with other institutes of higher education, both nationally and internationally.