The Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Hospitality and Tourism Management emphasis will prepare you for a fast-paced career in a global industry. By pursuing this emphasis, you'll gain specialized skills while completing the essential business courses required of all business majors. With your advanced understanding of the industry's business environment, you'll be ready for a management role in settings such as convention centers, casinos and cruise lines.
The mission of the hospitality and tourism management program is to engage students in developing the foundational knowledge, demonstrated skills and professional attitudes required for contemporary and future practice or advanced study in the fields of hospitality and tourism.
The Bachelor of Science degree in HTM provides a valuable career track for students interested in a variety of jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry. Our courses cover all aspects of the industry including hotel operation, food service management, tourism management and meeting and event management. As an HTM major, you will take courses in general education, business knowledge and hospitality and tourism management.
Our program provides you with extensive management skills and practical work experiences to prepare you for demanding yet rewarding careers. To gain hands-on experience during the course of study, our students:
Knowing that hands-on experience is vital to a student’s career success, all students are required to participate in industry-related internships. With our proximity to Chicago, we can provide you with a diverse range of internships in the hospitality field.
The business travel that comes with globalization, along with increased demand for professionally planned meetings and events has contributed to growth in hospitality and tourism careers. Careers in the industry are expected the grow faster than average for all jobs through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook.
Careers in the field include:
NIU alumni can be found working in the following hospitality and tourism organizations:
To prepare you for career opportunities, you can take advantage of our extensive internship program. Internships can be tailored to your goals, and are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Each spring the school holds a Hospitality Recruitment Day. Hospitality companies visit campus to interview potential interns. Previous participants include Marriot Corporation, Global Hyatt, Darden Restaurants, Professional Sports Catering and Aramark. Internships have included working as a front agent, meeting and event coordinator and picnic supervisor.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management prepares you for employment in the global hospitality industry. Program graduates demonstrate the ability to:
If you're admitted to NIU, you can declare a major in management. However, to continue as a management major and enroll in 300- or 400-level management courses required by the major, you must meet the following criteria.