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Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism


Hospitality is one of the world's largest industries. This program offers academic preparation with an experiential foundation for students seeking careers in different sectors of the hospitality and tourism industry, including event management, food and beverage services, lodging, private clubs, theme parks, resorts and tourism management, or continuing with master’s studies.

Making Trail Mix in the Patton College
Learn how to make Bobcat Trail Mix with Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism students and their professor who provide step-by-step instructions in the college’s state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen.

Program Code: BS6367

Major courses include: 

  • Introduction to Hospitality
  • Food and Culture
  • Hotel Operations
  • Accounting in Hospitality Operations
  • Principles of Tourism
  • Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism

The program also includes a built-in business minor that affords students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in leading, managing, and operating a business and increases the student’s marketability, ultimately positioning them to be successful in their chosen careers. 

The newly renovated Patton Hall is equipped with a modern commercial kitchen laboratory and demonstration kitchen, which provides students a comprehensive experience in food and beverage services, catering, and event management.

Knowledgeable and global industry-experienced faculty guide students with career direction, as well as internship and employment opportunities. Active student organizations, professional conferences, study tours, and special events with industry leaders elevate the distinctive student learning experiences.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for entry-level management positions within the restaurant, hotel, and tourism industry. Graduates are equipped with critical analytical skills and knowledge in hospitality and tourism management. Previous graduates have gained employment with international restaurant and hotel companies, school and university dining services, event planning and catering companies, and tourism focused organizations.

In addition, there are also career opportunities for ongoing education following completion of the degree. A master’s degree can make it easier to transition into more senior positions, such as management and leadership. Students can further pursue a master’s degree to gain specialized knowledge to advance in the hospitality and tourism field.

Honors Programs and Scholarships

  • Honors Program

  • Scholarships

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

View the Course Catalog entry for detailed requirements and curriculum.

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For more information, contact:

Hyeyoon (Rebecca) Choi, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Patton Hall 121J