The hospitality and tourism management major prepare you for work in entry, mid-level, and upper-level management positions at a hotel, resort, restaurant, meeting- or event-planning company, convention center, or country club.
Your job could be anywhere in the world, as these companies are in virtually every city and vacation area. You could start in a wide variety of positions, including front office, culinary, marketing, sales, or meeting services. Later you may move to human resources or food and beverage management. Perhaps you will be a club manager, help run a resort complex, or oversee multiple hotels or restaurants as part of a management company. You have many career and professional options in this major that can provide good starting salaries and rapid advancement.
Consumer service management degree programs promote experiential learning through industry-related work experience and internships, study tours, and exchange programs. Students are required to complete 300 hours of postsecondary work experience in their chosen fields before requesting progression into the program during the junior year. Professional experience is required for all majors. Typically undertaken during the summer after the junior year, this rotational internship should give students an overview of an organization’s approach to operations management.
The second professional or managerial experience, ideally taken during a student’s final semester, is required for hotel, restaurant, and tourism majors and is optional for retail majors. This internship should build upon the professional experience and can be fulfilled through a company’s management training program.
The department regularly schedules international and domestic study tours that combine professional appointments and cultural visits. Recent trips have been taken to Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Asia.
The department has a student exchange program with Christelijke Hogeschool Noord, located in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. This is one of the foremost schools in Europe focusing on hotel, retail, and leisure management. Students can fulfill degree requirements during a semester study program for a cost equivalent to attending UT.