Hospitality and Tourism Management (B.S.)

Why Study Hospitality and Tourism Management at NIU?

Our Hospitality and Tourism Management Program prepares you for an exciting career in a global industry. You’ll gain cutting-edge knowledge of hotel operations, food service, and meeting and event management. You'll also learn about the industry’s complex business environment.

Our program offers you:

  • An innovative curriculum shaped by current industry leaders
  • Accomplished faculty members who teach and conduct research around the world
  • Opportunities for hands-on learning in a variety of on-campus settings

You can choose from two study areas: hotel management or restaurant, meeting and event management. Both will prepare you for entry-level management positions and for graduate work.

If you have an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree, you can take advantage of our convenient online B.S. degree completion program..


Careers with a Hospitality and Tourism Management Degree

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook, jobs in hospitality and tourism management are expected to grow faster than average through 2024.

Some careers a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management will prepare you for:

  • Catering manager
  • Food and beverage manager
  • Human resources at hotels, casinos and spas
  • Lodging manager
  • Casino manager
  • Cruise directors
  • Sales managers
  • Tour managers and guides
  • Event and meeting planner
  • Restaurant and commercial food service
  • Attraction and amusement park managers
  • Customer service
  • Airline and other transportation management

Recent NIU alumni can be found at the follow organizations:

  • Aramark
  • Disney World
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Intercontinental Hotels
  • Global Hyatt Corporation
  • Marriott International
  • MGM Hotels Las Vegas
  • Sodexo
  • Wyndam Hotels

Hospitality and Tourism Management Faculty

Our educators have extensive, international experience, including an expert on dark tourism, a chef and farm owner, and international operations.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

Your experience can stretch beyond the classroom when you participate in our active Student Hospitality Association whose members participate in site visits, network, attend the National Restaurant Show in Chicago and organize fundraisers – including a 100-guest dinner and silent auction.

We also offer a few unique experiences for you to gain real-world experience.


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