The Hospitality Management program was created in 1992 and was originally known as the Restaurant and Resort Management program. However, as the program evolved and students began their careers, it became clear that the knowledge and skills our students gained qualified them for all segments of the hospitality industry. The HM program provides students with broad, business-focused knowledge and skills which transfer across all segments of the hospitality industry. However, the primary segments are centered on operations management in Hotel/Lodging, Food and Beverage, and Event Planning.
HM course work includes training in specific skills areas such as purchasing, accounting, marketing, and management. But the program also focuses on soft-skills areas such as professionalism, customer service, dependability, work ethic, and team dynamics. The curriculum culminates in the Senior Seminar Class which students take during their last semester. This class that requires the students to execute a networking event that puts them in front of hospitality employers. In addition to Hospitality Management curriculum, the program includes course work which provides a broad exposure to the liberal arts and sciences as well. And, elective credits allow students to tailor their own program of study to their particular interest.
The HM program maintains strong ties with local, regional, and national employers in all sectors of hospitality. This leads to a wide array of employment opportunities for employment at graduation and, given the length of time the program has generated graduates, many of them have entered mid and upper management positions in the industry.