Hospitality and Tourism Management
Students can now prepare for a career in one of New York’s fastest growing industries. The need for capable, experienced professionals in hospitality and tourism is on the rise, as these areas continue to grow and provide a major opportunity for employment.
The B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management embodies the civic mission of the College by serving the needs of our students, neighboring communities and region. Hospitality and tourism management professionals today are not only required to have knowledge specific to their areas of concentration, but are also 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 to enhance their logical reasoning, critical thinking, and ethical decision making.
The major places strong emphasis on the general well-being of our environment. Career opportunities emerge in three distinct but interconnected areas: tourism, hotel management and health care hospitality. The tourism concentration emphasizes sustainability, such as farm-to-table, ecotourism and agritourism. The hotel management concentration incorporates sustainability as its core. The health care hospitality concentration focuses on how individuals experience care in medical and nonprofit environments.
Each student majoring in hospitality and tourism management must complete an internship in his or her area of concentration. The structured, field-centered, professionally supervised internship helps fulfill core requirements. Internship opportunities are available with hotels, government agencies, nonprofit conservation organizations, hospitals and recreation departments.
Students graduating in these areas of study have found positions in restaurant management, hospitals, senior living residences, state and national parks, hotels and resorts, golf courses, cruise lines, convention centers, event planning offices, travel and tourism bureaus, and ecotourism and agritourism agencies.