Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

College of Business and Management

Department of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism Management

Gessner Building

About the Program

The travel and tourism industry is one of the largest, most dynamic industries in the world. Students in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program are introduced to this exciting industry and will be prepared to enjoy a successful career in the hospitality industry.

The Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program offers a Bachelor of Science degree. All courses are taught by faculty who combine excellent academic credentials with a strong professional background.

The Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program is further enhanced through activities supported by the hospitality industry. Students participate in hotel and restaurant shows, tour hospitality facilities, interact with industry professionals, attend career days, and conduct special projects for the industry.  Students are encouraged to participate in department activities.

 Students are required to complete an internship in the hospitality industry.  The faculty supervised internship provides each student the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained from their coursework in a professional industry setting.  Students are encouraged to select an internship that meets their individual learning objectives.  Information concerning internship and career opportunities may be acquired by contacting the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program.

Are you interested in ...

  • Coordinating and planning events
  • Organizing and directing resources
  • Promoting and marketing an event
  • Multitasking
  • Working with people
  • National and international travel

Choose Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at ESU

  • Small class size
  • Internationally accredited program
  • Practical field experiences through the department’s internship and Career Path programs
  • Qualified, experienced faculty

Is Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Managements career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Banquet Director
  • Club Manager
  • Lodging/Resort Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Catering Director
  • Event Planner
  • Tourism Director
  • Conference/Convention Coordinator

Career Settings

  • Hotels
  • Casinos
  • Resorts
  • Restaurants
  • Country Clubs
  • Convention Centers
  • Airlines
  • Cruise Lines
  • Amusement Parks
  • Institutional Food Service

More detailed career information is available from the department.


  • The Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program is accredited with the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.

Student Organizations

  • Students are encouraged to participate in clubs.
  • The Hotel/Restaurant Management Club is the largest and one of the most active organizations on the campus, providing opportunities to observe, learn and participate in related hotel and restaurant operations.
  • The HRTM Tourism Club provides an added opportunity for students interested in a career in Tourism.
  • The department also hosts a chapter of Eta Sigma Delta, the international scholastic honorary society for hospitality students.  

Transfer Students

  • Many students transfer from community colleges and other universities. We welcome your inquiries. More information about credit and course transfers is available from the Office of Admissions, 877-230-5547.