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Cultural Heritage Tourism

Undergraduate Certificate

Today, the tourism environment is more diverse and global than ever due to the integration of economies, societies, and cultures.  

The IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage Tourism comprises a curriculum designed to give you a culturally diverse and global perspective. As a student in the program, you acquire a broad understanding of cultural heritage tourism and event management across cultures, communities, and countries. You learn about tourism systems, the development and management of attractions, marketing food and lodging services, industry trends in hospitality and tourism, geography, and global tourism. In addition, you complete an internship in a tourism industry.

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage Tourism prepares you to work in cultural attractions, art and culture organizations, historic preservation, cultural travel, food, and other cultural tourism interests, in such careers as:

  • Banquet manager 
  • Event planner 
  • Conference services manager 
  • Special events coordinator 
  • Front desk manager 
  • Guest relations manager 
  • Docent 
  • Museum educator 
  • Catering director 
  • Tour guide 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage Tourism, you must complete 18 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Cultural heritage tourism core courses (9 credit hours) 
  • Elective courses (9 credit hours)

*Courses for this certificate program are offered both online and on campus. Please check the current course listings for online availability.

Student Services

IU Online provides quick and easy access to tools, tips, and IU resources to help you succeed, including:    

  • Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you  
  • Onboarding: An interactive orientation to online learning and all things IU 
  • Student Financial Services: Tailored resources for financial aid and money management 
  • Success Coaching: One-on-one support to reach your academic and personal goals 
  • Math and Writing Support: Direct access to IU-trained math mentors and writing consultants 
  • Career Services: Interactive tools and coaching to accelerate your career 
  • Libraries and Research: Online access to IU library resources and research librarians 
  • Technology: A full suite of software, collaboration tools, cloud storage, and training 
  • 24/7 Contact Center: Real-time chat, email, and phone support direct from IU 


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admissions requirements vary.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program: 
  • Complete application for admission.  
  • Complete an essay (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.  
  • Submit official transcripts to mycredit@iupui.edu or:  
       IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions 
       Cavanaugh Hall 147
       425 University Boulevard 
       Indianapolis, IN 46202 


TCEM-T 107Tourism Planning and Development3 Credits
TCEM-T 207Tourism Policy and Sustainability3 Credits
TCEM-T 234Cultural Heritage Tourism3 Credits
HPER-R 423Visitor Behavior3 Credits
MSTD-A 101Understanding Museums3 Credits
MSTD-A 460Current Topics: Cultural Heritage3 Credits
PHST-P 301The History of and Contemporary Approaches to Philanthropy3 Credits
SPEA-V 221Nonprofit and the Voluntary Sector3 Credits
SPEA-V 362Nonprofit Management and Leadership3 Credits
TCEM-G 299Special Topics in Tourism3 Credits
TCEM-G 309Cruise Line Management3 Credits
TCEM-H 218Wines of the World3 Credits
TCEM-H 408Food and Wine Pairing3 Credits
TCEM-T 208Global Tourism Geography3 Credits
TCEM-T 382Travel Trends and Destinations3 Credits
TCEM-T 483Ecotourism3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $296.09
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $888.27

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is ineligible for financial aid. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1031.33
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3093.99
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