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Department of Hospitality and Tourism
The career possibilities in this field are endless. It’s so amazing that I finally found what I want to do with my life. I love the hands-on aspect of learning in this field.
Bri Rose
B.S. '17, Hospitality and Tourism Management

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The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management is to provide a degree program for students who desire to work in the growing hospitality arena. Today’s hospitality and tourism industry needs professionally educated individuals. Graduates will be qualified to work in amusement parks, hotels and motels, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, travel agencies, convention centers, and as event and meeting planners. 

Areas of Practice

  • Event Planning • Hospitality Services • Hotel Management • Restaurant Management • Wedding Planning 
  • Sports Event Management • Travel and Services  • Beer and Spirits Management • Tour Interpretation • Exhibit Management 

Types of Employers

  • Cruise Lines • Non-profits • Tourism Attractions • Self-employed • Restaurants • Convention and Visitor Bureaus  • Parks and Recreation
  • Event Venues • Museums • Professional Sports Teams • Hotels • Tourism Attractions • Airlines • Event Directors

An Education that Works Anywhere

Students learn art of micro brewing
Something interesting is brewing at Indiana University Kokomo. As part of the hospitality and tourism management (HTM) program, students are learning about the business of micro brewing, or making beer in a commercial facility that brews no more than 15,000 barrels per year. These beverages, generally distributed regionally, are also known as craft beers, and emphasize quality, rather than quantity.
Sophomore Sojourn offers pivotal experience
A gourmet meal served on fine china is not a typical meal enjoyed by a college student. For 14 Indiana University Kokomo hospitality and tourism majors, however, it is part of a defining experience — the Sophomore Sojourn. The sojourn provides second-year students an opportunity to apply and integrate learning off campus, while building relationships with classmates and faculty.
Students experience winery business
Merlot. Reisling. Cabernet. Chardonnay. There’s more to wine than red, white, or rosé. As a future wedding planner, Baleigh Dickson needs a basic understanding of wine to help her clients with menu planning. She gained that experience during a summer class at Indiana University Kokomo, Wines of the World, through the Hospitality and Tourism Management program. “With what I’ve learned, I can go more in-depth and teach my clients more about wines, and what might be the best wine to go with the food they want to serve,” she said.
Student finds career path in growing industry
Bri Rose rolls up her sleeves, gearing up for a career in one of the world’s fastest growing industries – hospitality and tourism. “The career possibilities in this field are endless,” said Rose, a junior at Indiana University Kokomo and one of the first to declare this major after the degree program became available two years ago. “It’s so amazing that I finally found what I want to do with my life. I love the hands-on aspect of learning in this field.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of meeting, event, and convention planners is expected to grow 33 percent between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Last updated: 07/13/2017