The Department

At Grand Valley State University (GVSU), the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) offers a practical, management-oriented program that seeks to integrate theory with experience. The program was established in 1977 in response to the need for professionally trained managers. The HTM program offers a Bachelor of Science degree with career concentrations in the following areas, Food and Beverage Management, Lodging Management, Meeting and Event Management, Recreation and Leisure Management, and Tourism Management.  Our program also builds upon Grand Valley's tradition of a liberal arts orientation.

We are dedicated to personal attention to students, professionalism, and practical application.  HTM students complete 1000 hours of industry work in the form of internships, are expected to display excellent written and oral communication skills, and a high degree of professionalism.

Our program includes international, transfer, non-traditional, and out-of-state students, as well as those from all over the state of Michigan.  With vibrant student organizations, majors have the opportunity to interact professionally and socially with their fellow students, the faculty, and industry experts.


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