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.
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 career in hospitality industry. Our students have had work experience at Grand Hyatt New York, the Waldorf Astoria, Hyatt and Spirit Cruises as well as at a myriad of other restaurants, lodging and tourism businesses including:
- Convention and meetings management
- Lodging operations management
- Resort development and management
- Tourism planning
- Food service management
We prepare students for careers in food service, lodging, resorts, convention planning, travel and tours, cruise lines, theme parks, event management and much more.