The hospitality and tourism management major prepares students for a wide variety of careers in food and beverage management, hotel/resort management, travel management, food marketing and distribution, and event management.
The major prepares students for the hospitality and tourism industry through a common core of courses, which promote an understanding of the interrelationships among the food, lodging, travel, and event management sectors based on the underlying concept of quality service management. Students can, in addition, customize the degree program with a variety of electives and minors. This approach allows students to retain the flexibility to switch concentrations or jobs if their career goals change. All of these diverse and specialized fields require creative problem solving, technical knowledge, communication skills, and leadership. Students acquire these competences throughout the major.
RIT's program is recognized by Forbes, Travel Weekly, Nation’s Restaurant News, and Corporate Travel magazines. Our alumni come from around the United States and from more than 38 countries.
We will enable creative, passionate individuals to be successful in an evolving and global hospitality and tourism industry.
The Department’s mission is to develop professionals who
1) Are creative, critical thinkers with a deep understanding of hospitality and tourism operations
2) Are able to assume leadership roles in multicultural and global settings
3) Manage and influence the evolution of a global industry increasingly reliant on technology mediated solutions, and
4) Are able to bring a thorough understanding of the ‘business’ of hospitality and tourism to their professional roles.