Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism

If you see yourself as a Conference Service Manager, Special Events Planner, Front Desk Manager, Resort Recreation Manager, or General Manager, our department is the place for you!

A strong curriculum is provided with courses in sustainable hospitality and planning, ecotourism, event programming and leadership, meeting and event planning, and resort and hotel management. We offer two practical experiences including a 12 week internship. Internships are available at resorts, hotels, cruise lines, community/municipal recreation centers among others. A minor in Business Administration is highly recommended for all of our majors. Additional minors or concentrations in Communication, Safety, Leadership, or Foreign Language are encouraged.

The professional preparation that Slippery Rock University offers enables its students to meet challenges such as programming for special events, planning recreation activities for conference groups, and planning sustainable facilities. Our faculty will help students develop the skills, knowledge, and field experience to meet the challenges of the fast-paced exciting field of resort recreation and hospitality management. We take pride in developing young minds while encouraging students to follow their dreams of working in this exciting and expanding job market.

Students learn how to lead, program, plan, administer, and manage hospitality and tourism programs. The faculty will help to develop hospitality and guest relations skills with each student.

As a Resort, Recreation & Hospitality Management major you will become skilled in the following areas:

  • Hotel and lodging management
  • Personnel management
  • Administration of hospitality and tourism departments
  • Evaluation and planning sustainable tourism sites
  • Developing programs for a variety of age groups
  • Programming for special events
  • Planning recreation activities for conference groups