Hospitality & Tourism Management
Facts and Figures
What's the largest industry in the United States?

The Service Industry
Surprised? You shouldn't be. The U.S. is dominated by a variety of service-oriented fields including tourism, health care and financial services. And they're growing in size and technological sophistication every day. That means the sky is the limit for people with the training, experience and desire to excel in these exciting areas.

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Cooking School

This building on South Washington Street in downtown Rochester housed the original Cooking School "practice house."

Practice House

"Students gain dining room experience at the "practice house."


The Department of Domestic Science and Art is established one year after the Cooking School is opened.


Normal courses for teachers, directors and superintendents begin. Students receive this diploma.


The programs move to the new Eastman Building located at the corner of South Plymouth Avenue and Broadway Street in downtown Rochester.


A cooking lab in the Eastman Building.

The Luncheon Management – Large Quantity Cookery program begins.

The program for teachers is extended from two years to three years.


The first graduating class in Household Arts and Science.

New York State requires teachers of homemaking to complete a four-year program. Mechanics Institute, the updated name of RIT's predecessor, and the University of Rochester cooperate to meet this requirement. Students receive a diploma from Mechanics Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from the University of Rochester.


Students plan, prepare and serve luncheons, dinners and buffets for the Mechanics Institute board of directors, faculty, student groups and city organizations.

Cooperative education is introduced, allowing students to gain hands-on experience in their field of study.

The Food Administration Cooperative program graduates its first class.

Carl Stegner becomes the first male student admitted to the program.

May Benedict retires and George Hoke takes over as head of the Department of Food Administration, now an independent department.

The names "The Rochester Athenaeum" and "Mechanics Institute" are replaced by "Rochester Institute of Technology."

The first veterans of World War II enroll in the Food Administration and Dietetic program.

The first Bachelor of Science degree is offered by the Department of Food Administration.

RIT moves from its downtown campus to a new 1,300 acre campus in the suburb of Henrietta and is restructured into seven colleges: Business, Applied Science [home to the hospitality and service programs], Fine and Applied Arts, Graphic Arts and Photography, General Studies, Science, and Evening College.

Sarah Margaret Gillam Award is created. Harris H. Rusitzky is the first recipient.


Hospitality and Service Management moves to the fourth floor of the George Eastman Memorial Building on the Henrietta campus. The Eastman Building was designed by the architects Anderson, Beckwith and Hiable.

Hotel and Tourism courses are added to the department curriculum.

An undergraduate program in Dietetics is introduced.

The Travel Management program is added to the department.

The RIT Hospitality Alumni Society is founded.

The National Advisory Board is established.
RIT receives Middle States Accreditation.
The first annual "Puttin' on the RITz" Dinner is held to benefit the Hospitality Education Fund. The "Jewel Box Cake" is created for the occasion.

The first graduate program is offered with options in Food/Restaurant, Hotel/Resort, and Travel/Tourism Management.
The Victorian Chocolate Barbarian is created for the 1987 "Puttin' on the RITz" Dinner.

The graduate option in Meeting/Convention Management is added. The undergraduate curriculum undergoes major revisions. Core knowledge of hospitality industries and leadership skills are emphasized.

The Nutrition option and Executive Leader program are added at the graduate level.

The school's name is changed to School of Food, Hotel and Travel Management.

Graduate degrees in Human Resource Development and Instructional Technologies are added.

The school's name is changed to the School of Hospitality and Service Management. Graduate degree in Health Systems Administration is added.

The school is renamed to the School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation. Two new departments are created – Hospitality and Tourism Management, and the Department of Service Systems

Department Figures

Faculty & Staff

Degrees Offered

Full Time Faculty:
International Hospitality & Service Management
174 students
Full Time Staff
Hospitality and Tourism Management