Hospitality and Tourism Management: The UDC Edge

In the ever-expanding, multi-billion-dollar global hospitality industry, the need for management-ready graduates is increasing significantly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), service-providing industries are projected to account for most of the job growth in the economy between 2010 – 2026.  Among the Top-Ten growth industries 2016 – 2026, The Leisure and Hospitality Industry is ranked third with 1,319,000 projected growth.  The service industries are expected to add approximately 43,506 jobs in the District of Columbia by 2024.

The UDC Hospitality and Tourism Management program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to choose career paths that will successfully lead to upward mobility in the hospitality industry. Centered in a hospitality hub, experiences inside and outside of the classroom will provide students with opportunities to gain exposure and network with some of the leading hospitality organizations in the world.

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management (BS)

The School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA), Department of Business Management’s Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management is a 2 + 2 program.  It requires either an Associate’s or Applied Associates of Science Degree in Hospitality Management or Hospitality and Tourism Management prior to entering the bachelor program. The degree program consists of a specific combination of hospitality management, business management, and general education courses that will provide students with a sound working knowledge of not just hospitality management, but of management/leadership in general that will prepare them for professional-level leadership positions in the hospitality industry.

Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management Program

Program of Study

The BS program in Hospitality and Tourism Management requires completing an Associates Degree. Additionally, a total of 60 credit hours for graduation are needed. Of those 60 credits, 30 are business required courses, 9 are hospitality required courses, 9 are required hospitality practicum/internship, 6 are general education and 6 are foreign language (sequential).

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • To develop students as well-rounded individuals with knowledge of Business, Hospitality, Financial Management, and Ethics
  • To provide students with a broad-based and working knowledge of the hospitality industry
  • To develop students with the skills and abilities to think critically in the execution of operating and problem-solving in today’s hospitality industry.
  • To develop students with transferrable skills that span across all areas of business with emphasis on their application to the hospitality industry.
  • To develop students with the ability to make strategic decisions regarding revenue maximization, cost controls, and asset management.

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Career Pathways and Prospects

With a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Hospitality and Tourism Management from UDC, you can pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Accommodation manager
  • Catering manager
  • Conference center manager
  • Event manager
  • Fast food restaurant manager
  • Hotel manager
  • Public house manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Air cabin crew
  • Customer service manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Retail manager
  • Tour manager
  • Tourism officer

Contact info:

Jian Hua, Professor, Chair

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