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Administered by the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management.

The program offers study for the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in event management. The program prepares undergraduate students for careers in leading event and meeting management businesses. Through the major, students gain background and experiences in planning, budgeting, and implementing conferences, meetings, and other special events in the public or private sectors. Course work provides students with a general education plus professional preparation focusing on the concepts and principles involved in meeting and event planning strategy; special event management; stakeholder development; budgets and finance; site selection; contracts, vendors, and negotiations; marketing and promotions; food and beverage management; meeting technology; event evaluation; and hospitality law. Supporting courses include foodservice, catering, promotion, brand management, trend analysis, fashion, and resource management. Learning experiences are provided through planning university events such as Dance Marathon, Family Weekend, CHS Week, Student Union Board, and Homecoming, as well as other campus and community events.

Graduates from this program are prepared for careers in event planning (corporate events, celebrations, education, promotions, commemorations, trade shows, weddings, conferences, association events, exhibitions, festivals, philanthropies, entertainment, fundraising, conventions, and sport events) and small business development (entrepreneurship). Graduates demonstrate leadership characteristics and make decisions based on integrating knowledge of financial, human resources, promotion, and event management principles. Students are required to complete an internship in event management prior to graduation.

The AESHM Department offers a minor in event management. The minor can be earned by successfully completing the following for a total of 15 credits.

9 credits are required:9
EVENT 271Introduction to Event Management3
EVENT 371Conference and Meeting Planning3
EVENT 471Special Events Coordination3
And six credits of the following:
Principles of Management in Human Sciences
Hospitality and Apparel Marketing Strategies
Principles of Marketing
Aesthetics of Consumer Experience
Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences
Hospitality Information Technology
Principles of Public Relations
Total Credits15

Curriculum in Event Management

Administered by the Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management Department.

Leading to the degree Bachelor of Science.

Total credits required: 123 including a minimum of 18 credits from the AESHM Department at Iowa State University for the degree. The curriculum in event management prepares students for careers in leading event and meeting management businesses. Courses are required in general education, and the professional area.  Students majoring in Event Management are required to earn C- or better in all AESHM and EVENT courses, and all courses in the EVENT Core.  Communication Proficiency Requirement:  Grade of C or better in ENGL 150 Critical Thinking and Communication, and ENGL 250 Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition.

A minor in event management is available; see requirements under Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Courses and Programs.

Cr. Degree Requirements

Communication Skills
ENGL 150Critical Thinking and Communication3
ENGL 250Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition3
LIB 160Information Literacy1
One of the following:3
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Professional Communication
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Total Credits10
 Natural Sciences and Mathematical Disciplines
Select one MATH course from:3
Introduction to Probability
Introduction to Mathematical Ideas
College Algebra
Discrete Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences
Survey of Calculus
Select one from:3-4
Principles of Statistics
Introduction to Statistics
Natural Sciences3
Select from: Astronomy, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Ecology, Entomology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, FS HN 101 or FS HN 167, Genetics, Geology, Meteorology, Horticulture, Microbiology, Physics or A M D 204
Total Credits9-10
Social Sciences
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
6 credits from the following:6
Principles of Macroeconomics
Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-being
Introduction to Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Dress and Diversity in Society
Total Credits9
World Languages and Cultures course suggested OR courses from African and African American Studies, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Classical Studies, History, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Music or Dance Appreciation, Women's Studies, Theater, CMDIS 286, INTST 2356-8
Total Credits6-8
Core Courses
EVENT 271Introduction to Event Management3
EVENT 371Conference and Meeting Planning3
EVENT 471Special Events Coordination3
HSP M 101Introduction to the Hospitality Industry3
HSP M 260Global Tourism Management3
AESHM 470FSupervised Professional Internship: Event Management3-6
AESHM 474Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences3
Total Credits21-24
Professional Courses
ACCT 284Financial Accounting3
AESHM 112Orientation for AESHM1
AESHM 113EProfessional Development for AESHM: Event Management and Hospitality Management1
AESHM 175DFinancial Applications for Retail and Hospitality Industries: Hospitality Management2
AESHM 287Principles of Management in Human Sciences3
AESHM 311ESeminar on Careers and Internships: Event Management and Hospitality Management1
AESHM 340Hospitality and Apparel Marketing Strategies3
AESHM 342Aesthetics of Consumer Experience3
AESHM 411ESeminar on Current Issues: Events and Hospitality1
AESHM 438Human Resource Management3
Select one from:3
Legal Environment of Business
Hospitality Law
Total Credits24
Event Management Electives
Select from:27
ADVRT 230Advertising Principles3
ADVRT 301Research and Strategic Planning for Advertising and Public Relations3
AESHM 170Supervised Work Experience I1
AESHM 211Leadership Experiences and Development (LEAD)3
AESHM 222Creativity on Demand3
AESHM 270FSupervised Work Experience II: Event Management1-2
AESHM 272Fashion Show Production and Promotion1-3
AESHM 381International Field Study1-3
AESHM 421Developing Global Leadership: Maximizing Human Potential3
AESHM 470FSupervised Professional Internship: Event Management3-6
A M D 257Museum Studies3
A M D 275Retail Merchandising3
A M D 377Visual Presentation and Promotions3
ARTIS 212Studio Fundamentals: Computers2
EVENT 203XEvent Management Sophomore Mentorship
EVENT 289Contemporary Club Management3
EVENT 320Attractions and Amusement Park Administration3
EVENT 328XIncentive Meeting Management
EVENT 333Entertainment Venue Management3
EVENT 373Wedding Planning and Management3
EVENT 378XSustainable Event Management
EVENT 379XNonprofit Fundraising Event Planning
EVENT 423XInternational Meetings and Conferences Management
HSP M 383Introduction to Wine, Beer, and Spirits2
HSP M 383LIntroduction to Wine, Beer and Spirits Laboratory1
HSP M 437Hospitality Information Technology3
P R 220Principles of Public Relations3
P R 305Publicity Methods3

Event Management, B.S.

ENGL 1503ECON 1013 
AESHM 1121Humanities "Select from" Course3 
HSP M 1013Event Management Electives Course3 
Natural Science "Select from" Course3ENGL 2503 
Social Science "Select from" Course3LIB 1601 
 14 15
EVENT 2713AESHM 2873 
General Elective3ACCT 2843 
Humanities "Select from" course3Select from:3 
Math "Select from" course3  
Social Science "Select from" Course3  
 Event Managment Electives3 
 Event Managment Electives3 
 15 15
AESHM 3423HSP M 2603 
EVENT 3713Select from:3-4 
Event Management Electives course3  
Speech/Communication "Select from" Course3Event Management Electives Course3 
General Elective3General Elective3 
 16 15-16 3
AESHM 411E1AESHM 4383 
AESHM 4743EVENT 4713 
Event Management Electives Course3Event Management Electives Course3 
Event Management Electives Course3Event Management Electives Course3 
General Elective3General Elective3 
General Elective3  
 16 15
Total Credits: 124-125

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Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Overview of the event management industries. Techniques and procedures required for producing successful and sustainable events.

(Cross-listed with HSP M). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: HSP M 101
Organization and management of private clubs including city, country, and other recreational and social clubs. Field trip may be required.

Cr. 1-2. Repeatable, maximum of 4 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Freshman or Sophomore Classification. Permission of instructor, adviser, and department chair.
Independent study on topics of special interest to the student, facilitated by approved faculty member. No more than 9 credits of EVENT 290 and EVENT 490 may be applied towards graduation requirements.

(Cross-listed with HSP M). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: HSP M 101 or permission of instructor
Examination of current issues in the attractions and amusement park industry. Emphasis will be placed on development and design along with the functional departments of modern amusement parks and themed attractions.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: EVENT 271 or equivalent
Organization and management of various types of entertainment venues including clubs, theaters, auditoriums, and arenas.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: EVENT 271 and junior standing
Application of event management principles to conference and meeting planning. Providing a comprehensive introduction to the key elements of the global conference, convention and meetings focus on destination marketing and professional development.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: EVENT 371 and Event Management major
Overview of wedding event industry. Focus on wedding planning processes and implementation, design, and business planning and development.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: EVENT Junior or Senior Classification and Permission of Instructor
Intensive 2 to 8 week workshop exploration. Topics vary each time offered. Maximum of 6 Event 393 credits can be applied to graduation.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: EVENT 371 and junior standing; permission of instructor.
Advanced application event management. Provide leadership and communicate direction for production of an event including developing event strategy, financial management, wayfinding, volunteer management, and marketing.

Cr. arr. Repeatable.

Prereq: Sections B-D: Program approval; Section H: Full membership in Honors Program
Independent study.

Cr. arr. Repeatable.

Prereq: Program approval
Independent study.

Cr. arr. Repeatable.

Prereq: Program approval.
Independent study.

Cr. arr. Repeatable.

Prereq: Sections B-D: Program approval; Section H: Full membership in Honors Program
Independent study.