Hospitality and Tourism Management

San Diego State University responded to the industry's needs by developing a program that includes a four-year interdisciplinary degree, a research institute, and continuing professional development in Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM). This is an education program tailored to meet industry needs and student expectations. People go into tourism management with hopes of "going places" and SDSU is here to ensure that happens.

Program Overview

SDSU's tourism management curriculum offers students a chance to begin in San Diego, the Mecca of tourist destinations-where tourism flourishes as effortlessly as tan lines and industry resources are endless. Just as Hollywood mentors actors, San Diego builds new hospitality and tourism leaders poised for successful global connections from this strategic Pacific Rim location. SDSU's incomparable HTM program offers a curriculum that is both practical and visionary, which ensures students graduate with a strong business foundation and a real understanding of industry complexities and demands.

The HTM program currently offers three emphases: Hotel Operations and Management; Restaurant Operations and Management; or Events, Conventions and Attraction Management. The Program will be adding other options that reflect the rapidly growing industry, such as Gaming Management. Hospitality and Tourism technology will be integrated throughout the program.

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Special Features

Networking students are encouraged to get involved with local industry associations and to volunteer at local industry associations and to volunteer at local events. These experiences help to develop leadership skills and provide networking opportunities. Both qualities are essential to the success of HTM graduates.

Internships - A significant portion of the student's educational program is dedicated to community-based learning components termed internships. Each student must complete two, 300+ hour internships in hospitality and tourism businesses. These are paid experiential learning components, which enable students to apply their classroom education to real world experiences in actual businesses.

Career Opportunities

The program is directed at management positions in the industry, positions that require a broad understanding of management and its application to the businesses and organizations that flourish in this sector of the international, national, state, and local economies.

With a solid core of business management courses and theoretical and applied study of the broad hospitality and tourism industry, students are educated to move readily into management positions in one of the state's, nation's, and world's fastest growing economic sectors. The hotel and restaurant emphases will prepare managers to effectively administer businesses that provide lodging and food services to business and leisure travelers and tourists. And lastly, the emphasis in events, convention and attraction management is aimed at preparing individuals to successfully manage destination based agencies that attract and entertain guests in a host region (convention centers, bureaus, festivals, sporting events, etc.).

To further explore career options in this field along with strategic part time positions during your time at SDSU contact Internship and Placement Director, Brian P. Blake at 619-594-4454, or visit the Career Services Web site for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Hospitality and Tourism Management program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.