The major embodies the civic mission of the College by building integrative communities that serve the needs of our students, neighbors and region by establishing career paths and opportunities for committed participation in three distinct, but interconnected areas: tourism, hotel management and health care hospitality.
The major places strong emphasis on general well-being of our environment, our neighbors and visitors to the region. The tourism concentration emphasizes sustainability, such as farm-to-table, ecotourism and agritourism. The hotel management concentration integrates sustainability at its core, and the health care hospitality concentration focuses on how individuals experience care in medical and nonprofit environments.
Hospitality and tourism management professionals today are not only required to have special knowledge specific to their areas of concentration, but also are required to have an understanding of the humanities, behavioral sciences, social sciences and natural sciences. As such, all hospitality and tourism management majors are required to complete 60 liberal arts credits, which are designed to enhance their ability to reason logically, to think critically, to develop a value system and to make decisions ethically. To this end, each student majoring in hospitality and tourism management is required to complete an internship relative to his or her area of concentration.