Widener to Offer Region's First Minor in Event Management
Starting next semester, Widener University’s Center for Experience Management in Tourism and Hospitality will offer students a minor in event management. This is the first minor of its kind offered in the greater Philadelphia region. The 21 credits of coursework for the minor provide students with both the technical and support skills needed for event management.
“We chose to develop a minor rather than a certificate program in event management to offer students comprehensive training in the planning of events from start to finish,” said Dr. Joy Dickerson, assistant dean for the Center for Experience Management in Tourism and Hospitality. “A minor not only offers students core classes focused on events, but also electives to help them strengthen skills such as public speaking and interpersonal communication that will help them succeed in this industry.”
The Center for Experience Management in Tourism and Hospitality developed the minor in response to the demand by both prospective students and current students for training in event planning and management. And, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for meeting, convention and event planning is expected to grow by 10 percent between 2014 and 2024, which is higher than the average growth rate of 7 percent for most occupations.
“Students’ interest in events has not waned over the years,” said Dickerson. “Some students have always wanted to plan social events, while others have a newfound interest in event management sparked by high-profile regional events like the Pope’s visit or the Democratic National Convention. Corporations, professional groups, nonprofits and individuals all rely on events for one reason or another. So, both the interest and the need for an event management minor became evident.”
While the minor is open to all Widener students, its design may appeal to business and communication studies majors who can simultaneously complete coursework for both the event management minor and their respective majors. All students who enroll in the minor will also join a professional organization of their choosing in the industry, which will provide them with additional learning and networking opportunities.
Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses are in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.