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Why Study HTM?

Hospitality and tourism management (HTM) is a very dynamic sector of the service industry encompassing a wide variety of career opportunities that include lodging, food and beverage, recreation, club management, resort operations, travel, tourism, and event management.

Hospitality and tourism management students can expect the following:

  • A curriculum which reflects contemporary industry concepts and best practice.
  • Classes taught by experienced faculty members with academic and industry experience.
  • An engaging learning environment where theoretical concepts are applied to the practice of industry.
  • Individual faculty members mentoring where your career goals are at the heart of curriculum planning decisions.
  • Experiential learning opportunities facilitated through a structured internship program.
  • Networking opportunities with faculty, peers, alumni, professional organizations, and industry stakeholders.

Click here to learn what students like about our program.

With supportive professors and an active community, I was able to network and build relationships with professionals while attending class. The department encouraged us to get involved, which left me confident
and prepared for the workforce when I graduated.”

KIM RANGEL 
EVENT SALES AND SERVICES MANAGER, EXPERIENCE GRAND RAPIDS

Other related activities include class trips to vineyards, food production operations, hotel and convention center tours, faculty-led experiences such as attending the Munising Ice Festival, and other events.  For example, the department has sponsored a number of students to accompany Professor Rood to the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA) conference (sponsorship assisting the costs of  their flights, accommodation, conference fees).  All these activities are designed to embrace our 'applied teaching and learning philosophy'.

This is just a sample of the many activities one can engage in.  We encourage student participation as a way of enhancing educational development.

DeVos Place

RCRA Conference

Fenn Valley Field Trip