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Restaurant Hotel and Tourism

Restaurant Hotel and Tourism

Hospitality is one of the world’s largest industries. The Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism program at Ohio University can prepare you for a management position in this growing field. The hallmarks of our program include professors with extensive industry experience, state-of-the-art facilities, professional networking, and internships.


The Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism major is for students who have an interest in the hospitality industry. With instruction in the areas of event management, food and beverage, lodging, clubs, resorts and tourism. With a holistic approach, the addition of a built-in Business minor affords students both the depth and breadth of knowledge and skills in managing and operating a business, enhancing and increasing the students’ marketability and ultimately positioning them to be successful in their chosen careers.

In addition to the program’s required field experience, it is highly recommended that students be employed part time in the industry, as this has proven to be beneficial during their college careers, as well as after graduation. Opportunities for full- and part-time employment are available on and off campus.
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Admission Information

  • Freshman/First-Year Admission

    • No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

  • Change of Program Policy

    • No selective or limited admission requirements.

  • External Transfer Admission

    • No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Career Opportunities

  • Event Managment
  • Lodging
  • Food and Beverage
  • Club Management
  • Cruises
  • Theme Parks
  • Resort Industries
  • Tourism Bureaus

Honors Programs and Scholarships

  • Honors Program

  • Scholarships

    • Lee Cibrowski Scholarship
    • Mark and Patricia McClintick Endowment
    • Beulah Sellers-Davis Scholarship
    • Shirley Slater Scholarship


The Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism curriculum consists of in class and experiential learning opportunities which incorporate activities that prepare students to be industry leaders. Coursework culminates with the Hospitality Senior Seminar and the Hospitality Practicum that allows students to apply their coursework to real world experiences.

Facilities and Resources

Patton College of Education

Newly renovated McCracken Hall is equipped with a modern commercial kitchen laboratory and demonstration kitchen which provides a comprehensive experience in the planning, implementation, and execution of events. The facilities provide a plethora of experiential opportunties and include the latest equipment and technology to provide a superior modern classroom experience.

Points of Pride

  • Small, manageable classroom enrollments allow for individualized learning throughout the RHT program.

  • Knowledgeable and industry experienced faculty connect with employers and guide students according to standards set forth by those industry leaders.

  • Faculty guide students with career direction as well as internship/employment opportunities

  • Active student organizations such as the Club Managers Association of America, the Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association, and the Elegant Citizen Society also present excellent learning opportunities.  


Program Contact

Donnie Brown
Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 121M


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