Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management Bachelor Degree Program
Study business and hotel management and make a career out of vacations
Whether in the secluded deserts of Lake Powell or the bustling streets of New York City, everyone loves a good vacation. But have you ever considered a career in the world of vacationing? Look no further than Southern Utah University’s Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management bachelor’s degree program. This undergraduate program is designed to provide students with strong training in business, management, customer service, financial services, leadership and event planning which can lead to careers in hotel management and resort management. Within a days drive of some of the nation’s best resorts and hotels, SUU’s Hotel, Resort and Hospitality Management students spend considerable time learning hospitality management outside of class from industry leaders throughout the intermountain west and inside the classroom from knowledgeable PhD professors. The hotel, resort, and hospitality management major also has a strong research component to its courses. SUU graduates who studied hotel, resort, and hospitality management have great job placement after college due to summer internships and other job experiences they receive as part of the degree program.
Why Choose SUU for Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management Studies?
- Participate in research in the department’s Hospitality Research Center. Recent published projects include a Southern Utah visitor profile and market research for the Utah Summer Games.
- Every Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management major is required to complete 800 hours of work in a hospitality-related position throughout his or her time in the program.
- Students and professors visit hotels and resorts in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Park City, Lake Powell and more to connect with the industry and learn about career possibilities first hand.
- 100% of students who apply for a hotel, resort, and hospitality management job after graduation are successful.
- SUU maintains a great relationship with many alumni working in the hospitality management field who provide invaluable summer internships for students within the program.
Career and Salary Potential for Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management Graduates
Graduates of the Hotel, Resort and Hospitality Management program have great career potential due to the amount of practical job experience they receive through the degree program. 100% of the SUU students who apply find jobs within the hospitality industry after graduation. Key employers of SUU Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management graduates include: Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas, Station Casinos, Cafe Zupas, Aman Resorts, Aramark Lake Powell and many others. Possible jobs include general manager of a hotel, director of room operations, director of food and beverage, director of sales and marketing, director of human resources, guest services manager, event planner and many other management positions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that meeting, convention, and event planner jobs will increase 33% over the next seven years (much higher than the average) with a median salary of $45,810 per year. The median salary of lodging and hotel managers is $46,810 per year.
Campus Opportunities for Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management Majors
- Hospitality Management Club
- Service Learning opportunities through classes
- On-campus job opportunities in campus catering, event planning, and other customer service related offices
- Student learning trips to hotels and resorts in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Park City and more.
Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management Courses You May Take
- Tourism Management - Study the organizations and techniques involved in developing and promoting a destination and the importance of teamwork between public and private organizations for tourism.
- Hotel Managerial Finance - Learn about financial strategies and decision-making tools specifically for the hospitality management industry.
- Guest Service - Learn how to establish and maintain a culture of customer service in a business by implementing service strategies.
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Emmett Steed, Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management Associate Professor