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Upcoming Study Away in the U.S.A. Trips

From the major retail centers of New York City, to the theme parks of Florida, to the vineyards of Napa Valley, you will experience the best American sites related to your industry with HRSM "Study Away in the U.S.A." trips.

Sport and Entertainment Management
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SPTE 590—The Tournament Business

Tour Dates: May 10-15, 2018

Tour Leader: Dr. John Grady

Learn about the golf tournament business while attending THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Often called “the Fifth Major” in golf, we will have “behind the scenes” access to this tournament and speak with professionals from the PGA Tour. In the evening, spend time enjoying Jacksonville Beach while networking with local industry professionals.

In Charleston, learn how to work with sponsors to market professional tournaments. Find out about careers in athlete sponsorship and player representation from a golf sports agent. Tour the Volvo Cars Open tennis center and speak with the tournament manager about marketing and operations for a WTA marquee tennis event. Learn how to create unique fan experiences and plan special events from the Charleston Riverdogs. Speak with USC alumni about their career paths in this dynamic industry. This course is open to USC students from all majors. Space is limited for this tour.

Student Fees:
Tuition for SPTE 590 + $800

Fees Include:

  • Transportation from Columbia
  • 3-night hotel stay in Jacksonville
  • PLAYERS Championship tickets for 2 days
  • 2 night's hotel in Charleston’s Historic District
  • Some meals

Course Credit: This is a 3-credit hour course.

Fees Payment Schedule:

  • First payment* ($400) due November 15, 2017
  • Second payment* ($400) due February 1, 2018

*Payments for this tour are non-refundable.


Tentatively confirmed stops include:

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of
    THE PLAYERS Championship
  • Two days on-site at THE PLAYERS
  • ShotLink Intelligence
  • Everbank Field, home of the
    Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Volvo Cars Open Tennis Tournament (WTA)
  • Empire Sports Management
  • US Club Soccer & National
    Premier League
  • Charleston Historic District & Beaches

For more information, contact:

John Grady
Department of Sport and Entertainment Management


Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
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HRTM 590M—Theme Park and Attraction Management

Tour Dates: May 27-June 1, 2018

Tour Leader: Dr. Scott Smith

Experience the best of Orlando while gaining behind-the-scenes exposure to the theme park and attractions industry. Explore the multifaceted aspects of this field including history, venues, resources, ride operations, merchandising, food service and design.

Attractions include the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Magic Kingdom “Keys to the Kingdom” behind-the-scenes tour, and Epcot Center. We will also visit Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Seaworld and Gatorland.

Each park visit will include an educational component from tours to spending time with park management who will provide insights into the unique operation of each park.

Student Fees: $1,780 plus course tuition.

Fees Include:

  • Admission into each park
  • Lodging
  • Transportation to and from the parks
  • Backstage tours

Fees Do Not Include: Transportation to and from Orlando, food and beverage.

Course Credit: This is a 3-credit hour course.

Fee Payment Schedule:

  • First payment* ($890)—due January 31, 2018
  • Second payment* ($890)—due March 30, 2018

*Payments for this tour are non-refundable.


  • Walt Disney World Theme Parks
  • The Magic Kingdom
  • Behind-the-scenes tour, “Keys to the Kingdom”
  • Epcot Center
  • Universal Studios
  • Islands of Adventure
  • Seaworld, and
  • Gatorland!

For more information, contact:

Scott Smith
Professor, School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Telephone: 803-777-8199