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Adventure Tourism Minor

Adventure tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry. Adventure tourism involves physical participation in activities in unusual, exotic, and wilderness destinations, exploring both external and internal challenges.

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Program Overview

The development of the adventure travel industry is paralleled by a growing need for capable adventure tourism managers. Local, national, and international governments, businesses, organizations, and communities require tourism experts to help develop, direct, and promote adventure experiences.

The adventure tourism minor is offered through the hospitality and tourism management program out of the School of Community Leadership and Development.

Why Study Adventure Tourism at Grand Valley?

  • Perform practical, hands-on activities in classes.
  • Develop necessary industry physical skills.
  • Study natural resources and environmental management to gain a better understanding of ethical sustainability, ecology, and land management practices.
  • Prepare for employment in an exciting and growing industry.
  • Complete a minor as an efficient way to obtain a specialization while completing your degree.

Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper-division studies downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

  • Face To Face


The adventure tourism management minor is a perfect match for a variety of majors. Students must complete a total of 21 credits as outlined below:

  • Twelve credits of required foundation courses
  • Two courses in fitness, skill and activity (fit) courses
  • A minimum of seven credits of additional electives

Students minoring in adventure tourism management are encouraged to consider including at least one field experience course in their program. Management (MGT), natural resources management (NRM), fitness, skill, and activity (FIT) appropriate adventure-based internships may be included (with hospitality and tourism management internship coordinator approval).

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Kristen Jack, Ph.D., CHA, CTA, Program Director
401 W. Fulton St.
286C Richard M. DeVos Center
[email protected]
(616) 331-3167

Admissions and Recruitment Office