Established in 2003, the School of Tourism, History, and Culture offers five undergraduate programs, namely, history, tourism management, cultural heritage and museology, ethnology, and cultural industry management. Tourism management is a national and a provincial featured specialty as well as an excellent undergraduate program recognized by Sichuan Province and the State Ethnic Affairs Commission. History is a provincial featured specialty, as well as an experimental specialty of Sichuan’s Comprehensive Pilot Reform. The School offers one Primary Master’s Degree program in Archaeology (including the Neolithic Age archaeology, archaeology of the Han and Tang Dynasties, as well as cultural heritage and museology); two Secondary Master’s Degree programs, namely, specialized history and tourism management. In addition, two doctoral programs are available: tourist and economic development of the minority areas in Southwest China and ecotourism and resource-based economics in minority areas.
Currently, more than 1,500 undergraduates and postgraduates study in the school. Among over 50 faculty members, 20 are professors or associate professors, two are PhD supervisors, 15 are postgraduate student supervisors, and 26 are lecturers. 20 of the faculty members hold and eight are studying for doctoral degrees. In addition, there are two candidates for the New Century Outstanding Talents Plan operated by the Ministry of Education, and one archaeological leader of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage. Besides, there is one candidate for the Plan of Young Experts on Tourism and one candidate for the Plan of Young and Mid-aged Talent Cultivation, which are operated by the National Tourism Administration and the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, respectively. In addition, there is one teacher accredited as Sichuan’s Outstanding Teacher, two reserve candidates for Academic and Technical Leaders of Sichuan Province, one winner of the Outstanding Teacher Award and six winners of the Excellent Young Teacher Award at the university level.
In addition to such research institutes as Sichuan Province Key Tourism Research Base for Minority Areas, Tourism and Urban Planning Research Institute, World Natural and Cultural Heritage Research Center, and Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Protection Center, the school has established Historical Culture and Tourism Management Lab, Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Lab, and over 30 off-campus practice bases. Furthermore, the school has established cooperative relations with World Heritage Research Society and George Washington University. Besides, Mareka International Hotel Property Management School is affiliated to this school.