Hospitality and Tourism Management Degree

Hospitality and Tourism Management Degree

Imagine a college course where you earn credit to sample beer and taste wine with your peers. Whether you dream of managing a luxury hotel with a beachfront view from your office or staying right here in our home state, working for the Pacers, Indians, or Colts, a hospitality and tourism management degree from Indiana University Kokomo is the degree for you! As we trend more towards a globally-minded experience economy, the need for more well-educated workers in the hospitality and tourism industry grows and you’ll be ready to hit the ground running after graduation. Whether you end up working in a visitor bureau, an airline, or a non-profit, the things you’ll learn as you work towards this degree will prepare you for whatever comes next.

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Wondering what to expect with this degree?

You can expect a classroom experience that is dynamic; we bring students and faculty together from diverse backgrounds, both professionally and culturally, as we learn to create experiences together. We combine quality academics with individual, personalized attention from our dedicated faculty. Possible courses include Tourism Experiences, Wines of the World, Cultural Heritage Tourism, Tourism Sports Marketing, and Lodging Industry Operations. Our classrooms are relationship-based and focused on providing real-world experiences where you can apply and test what you learn while developing your problem-solving skills. 

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.

To find out what the next four years might look like for this degree, fill out your information and follow the prompted steps to arrive at a sample degree map. For more information specific to you and your situation, please schedule a visit with an advisor today.

Assessment information for this degree is available on our Assessment landing page

From day one, you’ll be immersed in your field. You’ll participate in the Sophomore Sojourn experience, myriad field trips, and internships, encouraging you to connect the concepts and theories you learn in the classroom out in the field. You’ll get to work with local businesses, helping them solve problems using what you’re continually learning. As you visit new places, you’ll get to see the behind-the-scenes work to see what it’s all really like. When you check out restaurants and lodging establishments with your peers, you’ll see both front-of-house and back-of-house operations and get a peek into the logistics of what makes these establishments run smoothly to create the best experience for guests. Students have completed internships at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, at various breweries and restaurants, and even on cruise ships! We believe learning doesn’t simply come from a course or a textbook; we believe you learn best by doing.

For the most current requirements for this degree, please visit our Academic Bulletin.

Ready to check in?

If you’ve decided a degree in hospitality and tourism management is the one for you, don’t wait to get started! Your next step is to chat with an admissions counselor today. If you have further questions about the program before you apply, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you and we look forward to meeting you!