The total experience within the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management facilitates students to have an exceptional fundamental education, exposure to working professionals, and internships. As a result, students are provided a competitive advantage in a job market that is projected to double in the next decade.

The School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management prepares students for a variety of positions in the hospitality, sport and tourism industries. The goal of the faculty and school is to create an integrated academic learning environment for analyzing and resolving the challenges in the deliverance and business of hospitality, sport and tourism. The faculty and staff are committed to providing support for student achievement. Students can enter the hospitality, sport and tourism industries with exceptional knowledge, professional preparation, and the confidence to assume leadership positions.

The School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management offers three undergraduate concentrations: (1) Hospitality Management, (2) Sport Management, and (3) Tourism Management. The focus of the undergraduate program is to provide a comprehensive educational experience and to train students for entry into the sport management, leisure services, and/or tourism and hospitality occupations at the professional level.

The Hospitality Management concentration prepares students for careers in hotels, restaurants, resorts, conference centers, casinos, retail businesses, and other entertainment related businesses.

The Sport Management concentration prepares students for careers in interscholastic, intercollegiate, professional, and recreational sports, program directors (recreational and/or fitness), marketing and promotions directors, event managers, facilities directors, corporate sales directors, directors of ticketing and financing, compliance directors, sport retail managers and sales representatives, athletic directors, and other sport related business/organizations.

The Tourism Management concentration prepares students for careers in convention and visitors bureaus, chamber of commerce, meeting planners, event coordinators, outfitters, recreation facilities/activities, resorts, tourism associations, destination marketing organizations, conference centers, national and state parks, theme parks, historic sites, sport events, festival/event organizers, and other tourism related businesses.

Mission Statement of HSTM Program:

The mission of the School of HSTM is to prepare undergraduate students to become future leaders and scholars in Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management by providing exemplary integrative and experiential academic preparation in a collaborative environment, to conduct seminal and applied research that impacts the Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism industries on a local, national, and global level, and to provide professional and community service.

Program Learning Goals:

The School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management aims to provide students seeking careers in hospitality, sport and tourism industries a comprehensive perspective through an advanced curriculum which focuses on current industry practices, enhancing communication and people skills, and developing successful managers and administrators.

  • Acquiring content knowledge in core and concentration areas
  • Developing an understanding of the professional and ethical obligations, including a global awareness and an appreciation of the impact of diversity
  • Demonstrating critical thinking skills, enabling students to comprehend and effectively analyze issues, make decisions, and form sound and well-based judgments
  • Enhancing effective communication skills: oral, interpersonal, and written
  • Demonstrating proficiency in using technology, with the ability to use the computer to: conduct practical and scholarly searches, communicate with respective publics, and to compile organized and effective presentations
  • Developing a commitment to continuing professional growth through activities such as joining professional organizations, attending conferences, engaging in in-service training, subscribing to professional journals, or participating in volunteer experiences