Global Tourism Major - Bachelor of Arts

Do you believe in a future where tourism is a force for good in the world? Study the Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism at AUT.

If you’re interested in global issues in tourism, the Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism will help you understand how tourism enriches the wellbeing of the communities it engages with and protects the natural environment it relies on.

This degree focuses on creativity and innovation in tourism, and how to create a more ethical and sustainable tourism industry.

*This major is subject to CUAP approval

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This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

This major looks at tourism from a global perspective. Courses cover a wide range of topics including tourism and sustainability, current issues the tourism industry faces, innovation and entrepreneurship, and how to create more sustainable destinations.

You could consider combining the Global Tourism major with a second major or minor in areas like  business and innovation, digital cultures, languages, Māori development or law.

Apart from the courses below you also need to complete courses from your second major, your chosen minor(s) or electives.

Core courses

All Bachelor of Arts students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.

Academic Communication

Choose one of:

Culture and Society

Complete one course from each of the following clusters. Each cluster aligns with one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Global Tourism courses

Level 5 courses

Level 6 courses

Level 7 courses

Workplace experience

Workplace experience is an important part of your degree, and the Work Integrated Learning course is the final part of your degree. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice. It's a great way to get industry experience while still being able to get feedback from AUT lecturers, and for many of our students this workplace experience also leads to a job offer.

Our strong industry links provide students with placement opportunities in a wide variety of businesses, including:

  • Air New Zealand
  • Disney
  • Auckland Unlimited
  • Auckland Sea Kayaks

You could also take the Foundations in Research course if you’re considering continuing into postgraduate study.

Graduates of our programme could work in:

  • Government
  • Destination marketing organisations
  • Operations management
  • Industry and trade organisations in tourism and hospitality
  • Social enterprises
  • Community leadership
  • Conservation
  • UN agencies
  • Business owner/operators
Key features
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of global issues in tourism
  • Explore how to create change and make the tourism industry more sustainable
  • Highlights the connections between tourism and local culture, people and communities
  • Draws on the United Nations Sustainability Goals and United Nations World Tourism Organisation objectives
  • Valuable workplace experience in your final semester
See yourself as
  • Interested in global issues in tourism
  • Passionate about creating positive change in the tourism industry
  • Having a strong understanding of sustainable development and growth
  • A strong communicator
  • A critical thinker with good problem-solving skills

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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