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Grand Valley State University    
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Jul 19, 2018
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Hospitality and Tourism Management - Program Description

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the College of Community and Public Service  section in this catalog.

Chair: Stansbie. Associate Professors: Baker-Clark, Countryman, Scantlebury, Sciarini; Assistant Professors: Adams, Chang, Jack, Rood, Sisson, Stansbie; Affiliate Professors: Robins, Zemmol. Visiting Instructor: Lipford.

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Degrees offered

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.

Career Opportunities

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 (  The department also works closely with the Career Services Office which provides additional assistance to students (  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

Student Organizations (

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