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Chair: Stansbie. Associate Professors: Baker-Clark, Countryman, Scantlebury, Sciarini; Assistant Professors: Adams, Chang, Jack, Rood, Sisson, Stansbie; Affiliate Professors: Robins, Zemmol. Visiting Instructor: Lipford.
B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism management. The B.S. degree requires a three-course cognate in quantitative reasoning.
The mission of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department is to prepare professionals in the global industry of hospitality and tourism.
Students are assigned faculty mentors who are available to work with them on career planning. In addition, a dedicated advising center offers comprehensive academic support in degree planning (www.gvsu.edu/ccpsadvising). The department also works closely with the Career Services Office which provides additional assistance to students (www.gvsu.edu/careers). Both the department and Career Services are involved in a number of career fairs, on campus and off, where students may meet with company recruiters. Students have many opportunities to interview for internship employment as well as placement after graduation.
Typical careers include the following types of positions:
Lodging and Resort Management:
- Director of Rooms Division
- Executive Housekeeper
- General Manager
- Director of Sales
- Program Director
Meetings and Events Management:
- Convention sales and service
- Conference services/meeting planning
- Special events management
- Convention and visitors bureaus
- Association meeting manager
Food and Beverage Service Management:
- Hotel food and beverage management
- Restaurant management
- Onsite food and beverage management
- Responsible beverage management
- Banquet/catering management
- Club Management
- Commercial Recreation Operator
- Tourism Manager
- Travel Consultant
- Convention Visitor Bureau Manager
- Tour operations
- Tourism entrepreneur
- Recreation/Theme Park Management
- Adventure Tour Operator
Hospitality and Tourism Management Club
Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
The following programs are available:
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Hospitality and Tourism Management Minor
Adventure Tourism Management Minor