Welcome to the Hospitality Management and Tourism (HMT) program.  Students are guided to coursework and internship opportunities that will help them achieve their individual career goals.


Students will take courses designed to match industry requirements and expectations.  Our curriculum challenges students to exercise creative thinking in marketing, communication, and facility operation settings.  Courses are intended to provide students with the knowledge and experience they will need to understand current trends and applications in the hospitality and tourism industries. Upon graduation, HMT students will be able to apply their knowledge to business, management, and professional development skills.

Students are introduced to and complete hands-on projects focusing on several aspects of hospitality and tourism: Food & Beverage, Lodging, Attractions, Convention and Meeting Planning, Non-Profit Management and Special Event Coordinating.  Courses such as, HMT 308: Principles of Food & Beverage, teaches students food service and menu planning concepts which they later use to complete their own restaurant critiques.  In HMT 330: Meetings and Convention Management, students use hospitality industry websites like STR Global to analyze and interpret economic impacts of tourism developments in cities like San Diego, Chicago, and Las Vegas. 

Other Industry-Focused Courses Offered:

      • Hotel Rooms Division Management
      • Principles of Travel and Tourism
      • Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
      • Event Planning and Coordination
      • Tourism and Planning Development
      • Strategic Management in the Hospitality and Food Service Industry
      • Beer, Wine, and Spirts Hospitality and Tourism in Kentucky

For a complete list of courses and their descriptions, click: Course Descriptions.

Study Tours

The Department of Retailing and Tourism Management offers many diverse opportunities for students to travel the world while earning course credit.  As an alternative to education abroad trips offered through the university, HMT students also have the ability to visit multiple countries and enjoy unique educational experiences outside of classrooms through our HMT 486 Study Tour course. HMT 486 is a pre-planned 3 credit course where students participate in a week-long domestic or international study tour with scheduled professional visits and tourism activities to expose students to hospitality activities and careers in worldly locations.

Our students have travelled to Panama, Paris, New York, Scotland, London, Florence, and many more! The ability to earn credit in a foreign country is an exceptional opportunity, and to make sure our students get to experience this, we offer scholarships and work with curriculum equivalencies to ensure these lifelong memories are made. 

Students can also participate in Education Abroad, which has several programs for students to participate in such as, study abroad, intern abroad, teach abroad, and research abroad.


Outcomes: What's in it for you?

As you enter college and try to decide which degree matches your interest, always think ahead about career opportunities and positions available.  With a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Tourism, you will have the opportunity to integrate concepts, philosophies, and components which are applicable to various careers such as:

      • Event Operations Manager/ Event Planner or Coordinator
      • Restaurant Manager
      • Hotel Operations Director
      • Hotel Manager
      • Director of Guest Services/Relations
      • Group Tour Director
      • Corporate Meeting Planner
      • Sales Director for a Venue or Property
      • Resort Owner
      • Banquet And Catering Director
      • Tourism Related, Small Business Owner
      • Non-Profit Executive Director
      • Local Tourism Coordinator
      • Festival and Event Director
      • Concert and Event Producer
      • Farm Tour Administrator
      • Winery, Distillery, or Microbrewery Tour Manager
      • Travel Agent

Average Salaries for Popular HMT Jobs

      • Restaurant Manager: $30,525-$65,237
      • Hotel Manager: $47,164-$152,759
      • Corporate Meeting Planner: $41,348- $73,620
      • Event Planner: $41,299-$73,533