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Cultural Heritage Tourism

Undergraduate Certificate

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

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) 


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 

Application Deadlines
Fall Semester
May 1
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Semester
March 15


  • 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 460 Current 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 299 Special 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 382 Travel Trends and Destinations3 Credits
  • TCEM-T 483Ecotourism3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $275.17
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $825.51
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $957.58
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2872.74

Additional fees will apply.

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    With more than 120 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

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    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.