What do students like about the HTM program at GVSU?

  1. Small class sizes (largest HTM class is approximately 40 students, the mean size is 27).
  2. An applied teaching philosophy (making sense of the theory to practice which is crucial in a professional major such as HTM).
  3. Flexibility in their academic plans (we will work one-on-one with students to customize a part of their HTM education to suit their individual career goals).
  4. Welcoming culture (all faculty are approachable and prioritize teaching and student development).
  5. Sound business underpinning to the curriculum (our students only have to take two extra classes (six credits) in the Business School to obtain a business minor).
  6. Three levels of academic support.  Students work with an academic advisor, a faculty mentor and our internship coordinator to complement their classroom studies with sound practical internships.
  7. International learning opportunities in Costa Rica and at the Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France.
  8. A strong, professional relationship with faculty (faculty are engaged in student-led events and often seek to take students to professional conferences). For example, students have regularly attended professional conferences like the Michigan Recreation & Parks Association (mParks) annual conference, Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism, Professional Convention and Meeting Association (PCMA)'s Convening Leaders conference, and the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA) conference.
  9. 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. All these activities are designed to embrace our 'applied teaching and learning philosophy'.
  10. The HTM Club student organization.

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

Please explore our website for more examples and news on student involvement in these types of projects.

For questions, please contact us at htm_department@gvsu.edu.