Tourism: It’s Not Just for Roman Senators Anymore *Online* *NEW*

Travel was once the preserve of the leisure class. Now we have mass tourism. But how much have things changed? We love being tourists and hate them when they clutter up our world. Why is that? It’s hard to take tourism seriously, and yet it is big business. In this course, we’ll examine how tourism has evolved, covering tourism in ancient times, medieval pilgrimages, scenic tourism, how tourism came to the United States, the development of the vacation from work, and the rise of auto and airplane tourism in the 20th century. We’ll look at attractions, facilities, media, and socio-economic changes in the field. Bibliography provided. Instructor: Brian Bixby



Start Date

February 16, 2023









6 Thursdays, 3-5pm. Begins Feb. 16

This class will meet online using Zoom. The Zoom link and information on how to join will be emailed to you. Please also check your spam folder.
If you register 12 hours or less before the class begins or after the start date, please contact for the link.

Instructors: Brian Bixby


Brian Bixby

Brian holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He teaches history courses he hopes his students will enjoy and from which he himself will learn more.