Bachelor Tourism (Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management)

This program is for students who aspire to become industry leaders or entrepreneurs. You may be the general manager of a hotel, resort, casino or club; the director of marketing for a hospitality organization; a real estate developer; or property owner. Whether you find yourself working in a small, privately owned business or a global multiunit corporation, you’ll be prepared to quickly advance into a management role. Graduates finish with more than a diploma – our real-world experiences and expert faculty enable you to build a strong resume and a solid set of industry contacts to help further your career.

  • Gain hands-on experience working in one of two on-campus restaurants or at nearby Lake Placid, a world-class resort destination
  • Develop a broad skill set for managing hotels, resort properties and other hospitality venues
  • Study advanced topics in marketing, human resource management, finance and accounting
  • Work directly with faculty and industry professionals on management-level projects
  • Develop a competitive edge through semester-long study abroad opportunities in places such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Costa Rica and Ecuador

Join an academic tradition that’s respected worldwide. Our graduates are sought by prestigious properties around the globe because of the hands-on education and training they receive. This tradition is even older than the college itself – hospitality has been a hallmark of Paul Smith’s since the property’s original operation as a top-quality resort hotel.

Key Facts

  • B.S. Degree
  • 122 credit hours (minimum) required
      • 61 credits must be in liberal arts and sciences
      • 43 credits must be in 300/400 level courses
  • 800 hours of industry work experience is required
      • 200 hours (minimum) required at each location
      • this is not credit-bearing and there is no tuition fee

Career Options

  • Corporate Events Coordinator
  • Property Manager
  • Hotel Sales
  • Front Office Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Hotel/Resort Events Coordinator
  • Hotel Operations
  • Consultant
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Director of Housekeeping

Required Courses

Program Core Requirements

  • Hotel, Resort & Tourism Orientation
  • First Year Seminar
  • Food Service Sanitation
  • Nutrition
  • Financial Accounting
  • Hotel Accounting
  • Hospitality Futures
  • Field Studies in Hospitality
  • Strategic Planning
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Cultural Enology
  • Hospitality Business Simulation

Diversity Courses (choose 1)

  • Gerontology
  • Shattering Gender Stereotypes
  • American Labor Movement
  • History of the World in 6 Glasses

Customer Relations Courses (choose 3)

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Principles of Management
  • Dining Room & Kitchen Management
  • Baking Retail
  • Intro to Food & Beverage
  • Service
  • Front Office Property Management

Management Courses (choose 4)

  • Recreation & Resort Marketing & Management
  • Major Event & Festival Planning
  • Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management
  • The Family Enterprise
  • Business Ethics & Decision Making
  • Facilities Planning & Environmental Management
  • Global Markets
  • Management Information Systems
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Last updated October 2, 2018
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