Hospitality and Tourism Management

Undergraduate Programs

The undergraduate program in hospitality and tourism management prepares students for leadership positions in hospitality and tourism, one of the world’s largest industries!

The department seeks to provide students a balance of industry-focused educational opportunities with directed work experiences.

All students will obtain hands-on experience through courses in events, hospitality, food and beverage operations, tourism management, finance, lodging operations, and revenue management. Special emphasis is placed on developing analytical, decision-making, leadership, and communication skills. The degree requires completion of an industry field study experience.

The curriculum is flexible, allowing students to pursue specific areas of emphasis. Recommended areas include hospitality operations, global tourism destination experiences, restaurant and food management, meetings and events, and club and resort management.

The department offers a variety of international programs to give students an enhanced understanding of cultural diversity, experience in international business methods, and practical understanding of hotel and restaurant management in other countries.

Through industry scholarships and internal fundraising activities, students have been able to attend state and national hotel and restaurant association meetings and to network with prospective employers.


Clubs and Organizations

Eta Sigma Delta (International Hospitality Management Honor Society)

The hospitality education’s honor society invites eligible students to become members in their junior year. The society undertakes service projects and promotes academic excellence in hospitality education.

Hospitality Management Association

This organization gives students practical experience and leadership opportunities in catering, food presentation, hotel/motel operations, sales and marketing, and professional experiences in association management. Through catering functions, members raise funds for hotel and restaurant site visits and to attend trade shows and conventions, including the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, the National Hotel Sales and Marketing Association Convention, and the International Hotel Motel Show in New York.

Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)

The Virginia Tech chapter of CMAA is a student affiliate of a worldwide professional organization that represents the club management profession. Through membership, students gain a better understanding of the private-club management industry and its many career opportunities. Chapter activities include monthly meetings, club site visits, socials, and fundraising events. The chapter raises money to send students to the annual conference that generally draws 4,000 club professionals and 500 students.

National Society for Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH)

NSMH is a national organization representing an array of social and cultural backgrounds with chapters at many U.S. universities. NSMH emphasizes the benefits of a diverse workforce to the hospitality industry. NSMH members travel to regional and national events that network students with company sponsors, industry representatives, and other hospitality organizations, advisors, and mentors.

Career Outlook

Students with undergraduate degrees in HTM will find a wide variety of exciting and fast-paced opportunities open to them, including management positions in tourism, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, restaurants, country clubs, and institutional food service companies.

The department is strongly committed to the placement of its undergraduate and graduate students. Industry partners participate in on-campus interview sessions. Industry representatives visit the department during fall and spring semesters to interview students for permanent placement and internships. Major employers recruiting HTM graduates at Virginia Tech include Marriott, Hyatt, White Lodging, Hilton, Club Corporation of America, Wyndham, Choice Hotels, Omni Hotels, Compass, Colonial Williamsburg, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, B.F. Saul Hotel Division, Interstate Hotels, Crestline Hotels and Resorts, Cvent, Great American Restaurants, and Panera Bread Company. HTM conducts a career fair each spring semester for companies offering both career and internship opportunities. HTM is consistently one of the top 10 of Virginia Tech programs in the placement of its major upon graduation.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

HTM Courses

1414 – Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management

2434 – Hospitality Sales

2454 – Introduction Travel and Tourism Management

2464 – Introduction to Service

2474 – Introduction to Meetings and Convention Management

2514 – Catering Management

2954 – Study Abroad

3044 – Private Club Management

3114 – Special Topics

3244 – Franchising for the Service Industries

3414 – Food Preparation, Purchasing and Management

3424 – Events Management

3444 – Financial Management for Hospitality Organizations

3484 – Socio-Cultural Impacts of Tourism

3524 – Lodging Management

3464 – Hospitality & Tourism Research Methods I

3954 – Study Abroad

4354 – Information Technology and Social Media in Hospitality & Tourism

4414 – Food and Beverage Management

4444 – Winery Tourism

4454 – Hospitality Revenue Management

4464 – Human Resource Management in the Hospitality Industry

4484 – International Tourism

4964 – Field Study in HTM

4974 – Independent Study

4994 – Undergraduate Research


M. Khan
N. McGehee
J. Nicolau-Gonzalbez
R. Perdue
Associate Professors:
M. Singal
V. Magnini
Z. Xiang
Assistant Professors:
C. Clemenz
H. Kang
E. Kim
H. Feiertag
J. Sexton
C. Fitch
Adjunct Faculty:
T. Duetsch
R. Farrar
S. Foster
T. Shaver
J. Klam
G. Serbia
L. Zwibak
Professors Emeritus:
K. McCleary
P. Weaver
S. Murrmann
Professor of Practice:
G. Walton

For More Information
Nancy McGehee, Department Head
Hospitality & Tourism Management (0429)
Wallace Hall, STE 362A, Virginia Tech
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-5515
Fax: 540-231-8313
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