The curriculum focuses on preparing students for managerial positions in the hospitality industry. Careers include management and entrepreneurial positions in time-share organizations, private clubs, lodging and food service operations, and the private and public tourism sectors. Click here for the suggested full-time program plan of study.
Lower-level courses are typically held on the Bluffton campus, and upper-level courses are offered on the Hilton Head Island campus. Some courses are offered in hybrid or online format.
Here is a sample lecture from the Introduction to Spa Management course, taught by Su Gibson:
More sample lectures can be found on the Center for Event Management and Hospitality Training's education center page.
Two courses in the hospitality management program of study require students to gain valuable work experience in the industry.
The Practicum course (HRTM B290) is a three credit-hour course and requires a minimum of 400 hours of work experience in an entry-level hospitality job or service-related field during the semester in which it is taken. Common positions include server, hotel front desk agent, tour guide, host/hostess, assistant to an event organizer, etc. Students typically take the practicum course in their sophomore or junior year. Students discuss key hospitality and managerial concepts and relate them to what they're learning in the field.
The Hospitality Management Internship course (HRTM B495) is also a three credit-hour course that is only offered in the summer semester. The course requires a minimum of 400 hours of work experience in the field of hospitality or tourism during the semester in which it is taken. The internship placement is approved by the instructor and is normally taken by senior students.
Both courses include online coursework in order to provide flexibility to students who may have demanding or changeable work hours as part of their fieldwork.