Bourbon Studies Minor

Bourbon Studies Minor

A minor in Bourbon Studies is a great addition to several of Midway’s undergraduate majors such as business administration or marketing communications. The focus of this minor is to better understand the culture and business of the Bourbon industry. Courses are designed to give students the history of the industry, learn and talk about the Bourbon tasting experience, understand the role of Bourbon in Kentucky’s tourism and hospitality industry and be prepared to gain entry level employment in the Bourbon industry or the supporting tourism industry.

According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the Bourbon industry has a $7.6 billion impact on Kentucky’s economy. The distilling industry provides Kentucky with 15,400 jobs with an annual payroll of $707 million.

Skills and knowledge gained from the curriculum would be beneficial to those seeking employment in the Bourbon industry, tour and visitor center operations, historic and adventure attractions, state parks and the hotel industry.

Courses in this minor are offered courses are primarily online with a low residency component for a few classes that require an in-seat component. These courses are in an accelerated 8 week format. Some classes require students to be 21 years of age on the first day of class. Those are marked with an “*” on the course listing below.

Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

Course Number Name of Course Credit Hours

Minor Course Requirements

TEM 470The History and Evolution of Bourbon3
TEM 476The Bourbon Experience & Hospitality*3

Choose 12 hours from the following:

TEM 472Bourbon Women: Craft to Consumption3
TEM 474Bourbon Distillery and Visitor Center Operations*3
TEM 475Fermentation, Distillation and Maturation3
TEM 478Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail and Tourism*3
TEM 480Special Topics3
TEM 485Independent Study3

Total Minor Requirement