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Majoring in Responsible Travel

Written by  July 23, 2010

There are plenty of options for students who want to combine studying with a love of travel, but now you can actually get a degree in it by majoring in geotourism at Missouri State University.

The degree, which appears to be the first of its kind in the world, falls under the Department of Geography, Geology and Planning and will be available starting in September 2010.

Geotourism is a term that was coined by National Geographic’s Center for Sustainble Destinations, and it means – in a nutshell – responsible tourism. On its site, the center defines geotourism as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place – its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.”

The program was designed by two faculty members at the university who worked closely with the National Geographic Society.

It would be interesting to hear suggestions from the university on what kind of careers graduates can pursue with such a degree. We would love to hear from any students thinking about – or already enrolled – in the geotourism program, or if anyone knows of similar programs elsewhere.

Let us know what you think of the new degree!

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Zalina Alvi

Zalina grew up in Toronto and began her career in journalism at the York University campus newspaper. Before joining Verge in 2010, she worked for a documentary festival, a non-profit organization and various magazines and newspapers. Zalina has had some eclectic travel experiences, including reporting for a newspaper on the island of Molokai in Hawaii.

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