This degree is 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. Students who complete the BSHTM degree program will acquire proficiency in the following areas:
- basic principles that underlie the industry
- food and beverage operations
- financial and accounting reports for the industry, including costs, revenues, and profits
- the interrelationships of hospitality functional areas in guest satisfaction
- legal, ethical, social and international topics affecting the industry
- national, international and intercultural factors on the industry
- communication differences among cultures and socioeconomic classes and how these impact the industry
- ethics and its impact on industry leadership and decision-making
- human resource management
- organizational effectiveness
- industry marketing
- strategic application of communication message formats
Students must complete both foundational classes and a core set of hospitality and tourism management classes that provide both a broad perspective related to various aspects of the industry and the operations of different types of organizations within the industry. Beyond the hospitality and tourism management core, students can then decide to take electives allowing them to more heavily focus their degree in a particular area such as convention, event and meeting management, or food and beverage management.
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