Event and Meeting Management Minor

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects event planner employment growth of 43.7% between 2010 and 2020 with the expectation that over 30,000 new jobs will be added during that timeframe. This puts the Event Planning industry on a much faster pace of growth than the average industry. This growth leads US News and World Report to rank the upward mobility of event planners as “Above Average”, a very appealing prospect! In addition, Money Magazine ranked Event Planning #8 in their list of top 20 jobs for young graduates. There are ample opportunities on this industry’s ground floor–let Purdue HTM prepare you!

A Solid Foundation:

Our Event Management Minor puts graduates ahead of their peers by putting theory into practice with hands-on event experience. The curriculum includes experiential, theoretical, and analytical components and prepares you to be successful in the wide and rapidly changing hospitality industry.

Upon completion of this minor, you will be able to:

  • Describe the key steps necessary to plan, manage, staff, organize and assess the stated objectives of a festival or special event
  • Develop and manage a budget for a meeting/event
  • Review an event to determine if the goals and objectives are met
  • Prepare and determine program components and sequence; develop selection criteria, negotiate and execute contracts for speakers; determine food & beverage requirements, design environment (themes & décor) and requirements for staging and technical equipment and production; develop admittance credential systems and related crowd management control systems

This foundation ensures you’ll graduate with a competency and working-knowledge that immediately qualifies you for leadership responsibilities and advancement up the industry’s career ladder.

5 Classes = 1 Minor

  • HTM 162
    Intro to Event & Meeting Planning          
  • HTM 173
    Intro to Tourism Management
  • HTM 262
    Festivals & Special Events
  • HTM 362
    Event & Meeting Management
  • HTM 462
    Advanced Event & Meeting Management

Undergraduate Minors

All students interested in pursuing this minor are encouraged to make an appointment with their academic advisor to discuss requirements and how the courses fit within their plan of study.

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