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Hospitality Management Department


The hospitality management program combines liberal arts with professional studies, giving you tools for making sound professional decisions. You will learn theory combined with hands-on experience in food service, lodging, tourism, international hospitality, marketing leadership, management and accounting.

Prepare for a Career in a Leading Industry


Our program is designed to prepare you for a 21st century career in a field that will soon be the largest employer in the world. A program requirement of 600 hours of fieldwork greatly enhances your understanding of the industry.

The program's strong business management emphasis makes it easy for you to earn a business minor while completing your hospitality management degree requirements.

What is Hospitality Management?


Hospitality management is one of the fastest growing career areas today. Some estimates suggest that more than one in 10 jobs in the world are related to the hospitality industry with the job sector continuing to grow.

Graduates work in hotels, restaurants, resorts, catering, food service, tour companies, leisure and recreation venues, travel agencies, convention planning and many other varied settings.

Successful hospitality managers are outgoing, enthusiastic, good with people, and hard workers who don’t mind spending a lot of time with their careers, often during evenings and weekends. Talent and willingness to work can lead to rapid advancement.

Although hospitality management graduates work can work in many different industries, following are just two examples of management jobs in the hospitality industry as described in the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook and reproduced with permission.

The hospitality management program allows you to:

  • Understand fundamental theory through our core curriculum courses.
  • Gain hands-on experience through fieldwork at places such as Walt Disney World, Tamaya Hyatt Resort, The Sagamore, Lake Placid Lodge, Spirit Cruises, Pelican Bay.
  • Prepare for a career in all sectors of the tourism industry including food and beverage management, lodging operations, hospitality marketing, tourism and international hospitality.

Our Courses and Career Opportunities


Specialized courses in this program help you select a particular field for a career specialization. Our students have had work experience at Walt Disney World, the Waldorf Astoria, Radisson Hotels and Spirit Cruises as well as at a myriad of other restaurants, lodging and tourism businesses including:

  • Convention and meetings management
  • Food service management
  • Lodging operations management
  • Resort development and management
  • Tourism planning

We prepare students for careers in food service, lodging, resorts, convention planning, travel and tours, cruise lines, theme parks, event management and much more. 

Student Outcome Objectives


In accomplishing the department’s mission, graduates of the hospitality management program will possess:

  1. LTP An ability to use the language, theories and practices of hospitality and business management.
  2. TPI A proficiency in technical, practical and information-based skills and practices of hospitality management.
  3. COM An ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  4. SPT An ability to solve problems and to think critically.
  5. EMG And ability to analyze a situation from an ethical, moral and global perspective.

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