Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Tourism

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Tourism

Hospitality Management and Tourism (B.S.)

This program integrates service management principles, marketing techniques, and sound financial management into a curriculum focused on managing facilities and operations in a variety of hospitality and tourism settings such as, Food & Beverage, Lodging, Attractions, Convention and Meeting Planning, Non-Profit Management, and Special Event Coordinating. The hospitality and tourism industries are rapidly growing; as the United States’ second largest employer, a degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism provides many career opportunities for graduates.

About This Program

Students are guided to coursework and internship opportunities that will help them achieve their individual career goals.


Students will take courses designed to match industry requirements and expectations.  Our curriculum challenges students to exercise creative thinking in marketing, communication, and facility operation settings.  Courses are intended to provide students with the knowledge and experience they will need to understand current trends and applications in the hospitality and tourism industries. Upon graduation, HMT students will be able to apply their knowledge to business, management, and professional development skills.

Students are introduced to and complete hands-on projects focusing on several aspects of hospitality and tourism: Food & Beverage, Lodging, Attractions, Convention and Meeting Planning, Non-Profit Management and Special Event Coordinating.  Courses such as, HMT 308: Principles of Food & Beverage, teaches students food service and menu planning concepts which they later use to complete their own restaurant critiques.  In HMT 330: Meetings and Convention Management, students use hospitality industry websites like STR Global to analyze and interpret economic impacts of tourism developments in cities like San Diego, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

Other industry-focused courses offered include:

  • Hotel Rooms Division Management
  • Principles of Travel and Tourism
  • Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
  • Event Planning and Coordination
  • Tourism and Planning Development
  • Strategic Management in the Hospitality and Food Service Industry
  • Beer, Wine, and Spirts Hospitality and Tourism in Kentucky

For a complete list of courses and their descriptions, please see our Curriculum Information.

Contact Information

Vanessa Jackson, Ph.D.
Department Chair

102 Erikson Hall Lexington, KY 40506-0050

+1 (859) 257-4917