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Experiential Education

We prepare students to work in the world’s largest industry, an industry that is growing and will continue to grow through the next decade.

It’s a career that makes demands – long hours, high intensity and a true passion for the work – and one that offers endless rewards. Just ask our graduates who work in restaurants, hotels, resorts, spas, event planning firms and so many other fields around the region, country and the world.  

Our globally oriented curriculum strikes a balance between liberal arts, general business, and industry management skills with three experience-based concentrations: hotel and resort management, event and tourism management and food service management.

By the time our students graduate and head out into their careers, they’ve done 1,200 hours of field work. They’ve had experience managing their own café, worked in many roles in our on-campus restaurant, catered University events and helmed a major fundraising event to combat hunger in the state. They’ve taken part in one of the nation’s largest hotel expositions and traveled to Las Vegas to experience the premier hospitality services that make the city one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. They leave having developed a destination sales and marketing plan, a hotel development plan with detailed financial analysis, a convention and meetings manual; they’ve done community service work and most have studied abroad.

It is a uniquely experiential journey our students take over the course of four years, one they set off on the moment they arrive on campus.

Come along with us.