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Hospitality and Tourism Management

University of South Alabama
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) covers a broad spectrum of business sectors within the service industry. The HTM program offers an interdisciplinary perspective that prepares students for local and global hospitality and tourism careers. Students participate in academic, observational, situational, and experiential settings to meet program competency requirements in operation and service management, financial and human resource management, global leadership, and personal & professional career development. The program is designed to empower students to become future leaders in the global hospitality and tourism industry.


Improve the well-being of people along the Gulf Coast by producing hospitality, tourism and ecotourism professionals who possess fiscal, social, environmental and professional competencies through education, training, job placement and partnerships.


To advance the people of the Gulf Coast and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge and experience anchored in sustainable and best practices in the hospitality, tourism and ecotourism sectors.


Provide graduates with career and life competencies for sustainable employment, local and global leadership, engaged citizenry and research opportunities.

Admission requirements

Documents Required

  • Official high school transcript reflecting a minimum 2.50 GPA
  • Official ACT or SAT scores: a minimum ACT superscore of 19 OR a minimum SAT (critical reading + math only) score of 900 (if taken prior to March 2016) OR a minimum SAT (Evidence-based reading and writing + math only) score of 990 (if take March 2016 or after)

At this time, the University of South Alabama is accepting self-reported information that will be considered with your application for admission. All the information will be verified and your admission will be contingent on receipt of official documents.

Required Academic Core Courses:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of social science
  • 3 years of Math- Must include Algebra I and two higher level math courses (for example: Algebra II, Algebra w/ Finance, Algebraic Connections, Geometry, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry, Pre-Calculus, or other higher level math courses will be considered)
  • 3 years of science (At least two of the sciences must include labs)
  • 3 years of advanced electives (Courses chosen from any of the four core areas above and may include foreign language)

The Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Endorsement meets all University of South Alabama core requirements. The Credit Based Diploma awarded by Alabama High Schools is accepted; however, students must meet all high school core requirements listed above.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Major Core Requirement

Lower Division Coursework

  • Principles of Accounting I or Financial Reporting
  • Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Industry
  • Food and Beverage Services Management
  • Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events
  • Outdoor Recreation and Adventure

Upper Division Coursework

  • Global Leadership for HTM Professionals
  • Hospitality and Tourism Marketing (C)
  • Introduction to Hospitality Management
  • HTM Professional Conduct and Career Planning
  • Legal Issues in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Sustainable-& Eco-tourism
  • Quality Service Management (W)
  • Lodging Management
  • Global Tourism

Capstone Sequence Requirement

  • Internship in HTM I (W)
  • Internship in HTM II
  • OR
  • Research in HTM I (W)
  • Research in HTM II

Elective Requirement

Hospitality and Tourism Management Minor

Required Courses

  • Intro to Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Global Leadership for HTM Professionals
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
  • Quality Service Management

Elective Courses

  • Food and Beverage Service Management
  • Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Events
  • Hospitality Service Culture
  • Cruise Operations Management
  • Sustainable and Eco-Tourism
  • Lodging Management
  • Financial Reporting

Tuition fees

  • In-State: 329.00 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State: 658.00 per credit hour

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Career opportunities

Hospitality Areas

  • Operations Management
  • Property and Facility Management
  • Rooms Management
  • Housekeeping Management
  • Banquet and Catering Management
  • Front Office Management
  • Reservations and Sales
  • Guest Relations
  • Meeting and Event Services

Restaurant/Food Service Areas

  • Operations Management
  • Food Quality and Food Safety
  • Menu Design
  • Production and Service of Food
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Banquet and Catering Management
  • Cost Control

Tourism/Travel Areas

  • Travel Planning Including Niche Travel, e.g. Educational, Adventure, Ecotourism
  • Reservations and Sales
  • Corporate Travel Management
  • Attraction Management

Special Events Areas

  • Convention and Trade Show Planning
  • Convention Services Management
  • Meeting Planning
  • Entertainment Event Planning
  • Athletic Event Planning
  • Programs and Activities Planning
  • Children's Programming/Planning
  • Corporate Event Planning
  • Wedding Planning


  • General Sales
  • Meeting and Convention Sales
  • Incentive Travel Sales
  • Media Planning and Development
  • Public Relations
  • Publicity/Promotions
  • Market Research

Corporate/Administration Areas

  • Property Acquisition and Development
  • Legal Services
  • Research/Market Analysis
  • Marketing
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Purchasing
  • Human Resources:
  • Human Resource Management
  • Recruiting and Training
  • Employee Support Services
  • Labor Relations
  • Compensation and Benefits

Communications Areas

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Research
  • Electronic Media
  • Photography

Education Areas

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration

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University of South Alabama

University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama is a comprehensive, global research and teaching university that provides our students with an exceptional education in business, the liberal arts, education, engineering, computing, the sciences and health care. Located in Mobile, Alabama on the...

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University of South Alabama

555 N. University Blvd
36688 Mobile Alabama
United States of America

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