Tourism and Hospitality Management


About Tourism and Hospitality Management

Prepare for a career in the worldwide tourism industry.

Build your future at the intersection of business and tourism with Cal U’s interdisciplinary tourism and hospitality management degree.

This innovative program gives you a solid foundation in business principles, plus industry-specific hospitality and tourism management skills that can take you anywhere in the world.

Cal U’s tourism and hospitality program is delivered in a hybrid (on-campus/online) or 100% online format. You’ll learn business basics such as accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and more, while a broad selection of tourism and hospitality courses provide a theoretical framework and equip you to master the service practices essential to success in this dynamic field.

Completing the required 120-hour internship and minor field of study means you’ll graduate with a wealth of experience and an academic portfolio tailored to your interests and abilities. You can expect to finish this bachelor’s degree program in eight semesters, or four academic years.

Why choose a hospitality and tourism degree?

The hospitality and tourism industry offers a wide variety of job opportunities. More than 1 in 10 jobs worldwide are supported by tourism, and the travel industry is ranked No. 7 among the top private industry sectors in the United States.

Tourism is Pennsylvania’s second-largest industry and one of the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s six “key industries” for investment and growth.

Even with the shock event of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the leisure, tourism and hospitality industry is among the fastest-growing in the world.

Cal U’s program prepares graduates for positions at exciting locations such as attractions, airlines and airports, casinos, convention centers, country clubs, cruise ships, entertainment venues, cultural sites, hotels and resorts, museums, state and national parks, sports stadiums, theme parks and more.


Flexible delivery: Tourism and hospitality management students have the option to complete their program in a hybrid (on-campus/online) format or 100% online. This flexibility makes it easier to fit higher education into your busy schedule.

Required internship: This program requires a 120-hour industry placement that gives you firsthand experience and helps you develop a professional network. Positions are often paid, and can be remote, in-person or hybrid.

Select your minor: The tourism and hospitality concentration requires you to choose a minor program of study. This personalizes your degree and can broaden your knowledge base in a discipline such as psychology, communication, marketing, recreation or sport management.

Accredited program: Cal U’s interdisciplinary studies in business and commerce degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, an assurance of quality in business-focused education.


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Number of jobs that are part of the tourism and hospitality “supersector” of the U.S. economy.
Number of semesters required to complete the tourism and hospitality management concentration.


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Degree Benefits

The program’s coursework builds skills in business, communication and critical thinking that are applicable to a wide range of careers and employment settings. Courses in commercial recreation, events, hospitality and tourism management are among those that strengthen transferable skills, and the program’s focus on exceptional service provides a competitive edge for future professionals. Love to travel? Tourism and hospitality management majors have opportunities to attend professional conferences, intern outside the region and study abroad.

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Graduate Outcomes

Leisure and hospitality is an economic supersector of global size and scale, so jobs are not limited by location. Graduates of Cal U’s undergraduate tourism degree program have found employment with Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Disney cruises and theme parks, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Expedia Group, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Hilton International, MGM Resorts International, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Rivers Casino, Six Flags Entertainment Corp., Southwest Airlines, Top Golf Sports Entertainment, Viking River Cruises, Visit Pittsburgh and many others.



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Faculty Expertise

Dr. Susan Ryan oversees the B.A. in Geography's concentration in tourism, hospitality and event studies. She is also the director of the Cal U Tourism Research Center, a state-of-the-art facility within the Department of Earth Sciences that's equipped to provide custom tourism research for tourism planning and development initiatives. Dr. Ryan has directed a variety of research projects throughout Canada and the United States, with an emphasis on sustainable tourism development in Pennsylvania.

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What Job Can You Get With a Hospitality Management Degree?

This program’s interdisciplinary focus prepares students to meet contemporary tourism and hospitality management challenges in a business setting. Graduates are equipped for jobs such as adventure tourism specialist, attractions strategist, brand manager, travel copy writer, contracts coordinator, corporate travel manager, destination promotions director, digital and social media strategist, or venue manager.

Example Courses
  • Impacts and Sustainability of Tourism
  • Hotels, Resorts and Lodging
  • Meetings, Expositions, Events and Convention Operation
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Demographic Analysis
  • Introduction to Geography 


Tourism and Hospitality Management Faculty

Dr. Swarndeep Gill
Associate Professor

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Dr. Thomas R. Mueller

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Dr. Susan Ryan

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