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Texas Heritage/Cultural Tourism is a required core discipline that must be completed (27 credits) in order to receive the TDM Designation. To assist in earning credits towards the Texas Heritage/Cultural Tourism certificate, participants may elect to write an essay paper and be awarded 20 credits toward the Texas Heritage/Cultural Tourism certificate. The essay topic must be Pre-Approved and the paper should advance the understanding of Texas heritage and/or cultural influences on tourism in Texas. An essay must adhere to the following requirements:

Essay Requirements

  1. The participant must complete the online Essay Approval Form for approval by the TDM committee prior to beginning the essay. See essay form below.
  2.  Candidates will choose from a list of suggested topics, or submit for approval an alternative topic on Texas heritage and/or cultural tourism. Click here for a list of suggested topics.
  3.  A candidate’s paper shall be an original essay in thesis form on a Texas heritage/cultural tourism topic and will earn credits toward the Texas Heritage/Cultural Tourism certificate.
  4. Participants will prepare a minimum 1,000 and maximum 3,000 words, double-spaced research paper. The paper’s contents will include: an introduction, analysis with main findings/viewpoint, a conclusion with applications, and an executive summary or abstract.
  5.  The author should follow a structured formatting style such as:
    1. American Psychological Association (APA) thesis format
    2.  Indiana University-Bloomington thesis writing style
  6. A minimum of ten (10) references is required.
  7. Candidates will have a maximum of 180 days to complete this paper from the date of approval by the TDM committee – extensions must be approved by TDM Committee.
  8.  The TDM committee will review the completed essay for compliance to the requirements and will award 20 credits for successful completion.
  9. Following completion, the essay will be added to the TACVB resource library and may be selected for posting on the TACVB website.
  10. The essay credit option may be exercised only one (1) time.

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