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Hospitality and Tourism Management

The degree program successfully prepares students for a career in hospitality and tourism management with elective options in Casino, Hotel, and Resort Management; Food and Beverage Management; and Event Management.

What Do Hospitality and Tourism Management Students Do?

The hospitality and tourism management program cultivates students’ professional skills and operational capabilities in the areas of hospitality and tourism. Students are prepared for careers with managerial positions at the regional and national levels to lead the hospitality and tourism industry.

The hospitality and tourism management program also equips students with the advanced understanding of management principles through business core courses, as well as the depth of hospitality and tourism knowledge and skills. Our faculty are actively engaged in the field and bring with them a diverse and rich mixture of backgrounds and skills. Faculty research and practical experiences will provide you with unique insights and knowledge of the industry to help you toward a successful career.


Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of industry concepts, terminology, and use in appropriate industry context.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the internal dynamics and decision management process in the tourism industry.
  3. Students will demonstrate understanding, concepts, and applications of how different stakeholder groups interact with the tourism industry.
  4. Students will be able to apply and understand financial concepts commonly used in business and specific to the tourism management industry.
  5. Students will understand the importance of strategic management and the role of management in organization and as a result, be prepared for a career in management.

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs led by USM business faculty are established for Japan/South Korea and as part of the British Studies Program. Ask us about opportunities to learn in other countries.

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree available with this major.

More about this Major


Few careers offer the great diversity and lifestyle options of hospitality and tourism management majors. Graduates are successfully employed in entry-level management positions that have strong career paths at highly competitive salaries.

With the assistance of professors, students find engaging and challenging regional, national and international employment directly in the primary hospitality sectors such as:

  • Hotel, casino, and resort manager
  • Gaming supervisor
  • Revenue manager
  • Cruise line representative
  • Foodservice manager
  • Retail foodservice director
  • Caterer
  • Meeting, convention, and event planner
  • Wedding planner
  • Amusement and recreation attendant
  • Travel agent
  • Human resources manager
  • Guest services manager
Students have gained employment with globally recognized organizations such as the Ritz Carlton, Westin, Marriott, and Disney.

Courses You Might Take

Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism

A general overview of the hospitality and tourism industry, including career opportunities in the field

Global Tourism

Emphasis on an in-depth analysis of the global travel and tourism industry from the social/cultural, environmental, and economic perspectives

Customer Services Management

Theories and concepts of managing in a service environment

Revenue Management in the Hospitality Operations

Focuses on the fundamental revenue concepts and analytical techniques via hands-on coverage of computer applications to practice decision-making skills

Meet Some of Your Professors

Dr. Sungsoo Kim

Assistant Professor

Favorite Course: Strategic Management and Revenue Management

Expertise: Revenue Management; e-Service Quality; Economic Impact/Feasibility Study

Dr. Wei Wang

Assistant Professor

Favorite Course: Convention Management and Intro to Hospitality and Tourism

Expertise: Hospitality Innovations; Tourism Economic Impact; Event Management

Dr. Juwon Choi

Assistant Professor

Favorite Course: Food and Beverage Operations and Global Tourism

Expertise: Food Tourism, Entrepreneurship, Services Marketing

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