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Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management (B.S.)

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The mission of the Hospitality Management Program is to develop visionary leaders and successful professionals in the Hospitality industry. The program provides a comprehensive and challenging curriculum that includes courses in general education, business, and hospitality and tourism management, combined with relevant operational and management experience under the supervision and guidance of industry professionals and program faculty.

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication;
  2. Apply hands-on and real world experiences essential to become successful business professionals;
  3. Exhibit awareness and application of leadership attributes; and
  4. Synthesize and evaluate functional areas of hospitality.

With a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from South Dakota State University, the hospitality industry is yours to conquer. We are dedicated to making the hospitality program at SDSU one of the leading professional management-related programs in the Midwest.

The Hospitality Management program is proud to have had a 100% retention rate for the 2019-2020 academic year, and 94.12% of our students were employed in the hospitality industry or a related field upon graduation. These rates have been on an upward trend over the last three years. In the academic years of 2018-2019 and 2017-18, retention rates were 71.4% and 57.1% respectively. While the hospitality industry continued to have jobs available in the hospitality field for any student searching, students in Hospitality Management learn numerous transferrable skills and are sought-after for, and excel in, positions in a wide variety of industries. Given that, 88% of our students were employed in the hospitality industry or related field in 2018-2019. In 2017-18, 13.33% of our students were continuing their education and 66.67% were employed in the hospitality industry or a related field.  

Program Overview

This specialized business degree prepares you for leadership roles in the dynamic, service-oriented hospitality industry. Traditional business courses in accounting, economics and law are complemented by hospitality marketing, meeting/event management, lodging management, hospitality facilities management, private club management and food and beverage management. All of these courses help to give you a solid foundation required for any number of hospitality specialties.

Some of the many areas you can focus your career within hospitality management:

  • Hotel Management
  • Event Management
  • Restaurant Management
  • Casino Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Theme Park Management
  • Private Club Management

We stress experiential learning in our program. If you plan to successfully lead, manage or direct others in the industry you must have industry experience. Our goal is for each of our graduates to be qualified for an intro-level management job (or management training position) upon graduation. As former managers in the hospitality industry we realize that gaining industry experience is an important part of our degree requirement.

All undergraduates must complete two internships, accumulating more than 300 hours of work experience in two distinct areas of hospitality. These two experiences provide a great opportunity to explore different and unique facets of the industry, and to expand your knowledge and discover your ideal career path. Whether on campus or off campus, part time or full time, job or internship, you can choose the work experience that best suits your schedule and interests.

With this degree in hand, you'll have a wealth of career options both in South Dakota and throughout the United States and will be well-prepared for post-graduate studies if you choose to continue your education. Additionally, our faculty brings significant industry experience to the classroom, adding a unique dimension that you just won't find with a general business education.

Special Events

Throughout the fall/spring, students participate in learning experiences with the hospitality club and in their courses. Some of the upcoming experiences that students will be participating in:

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