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Hospitality Management, B.S.

College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

The hospitality management degree prepares students for managerial and leadership roles in hotels, resorts, restaurants or private clubs or in the planning of events, festivals and weddings.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Management. It combines business management, hospitality operations and real-world experience to prepare students for a range of global careers, such as management of hotels and resorts, restaurants, events and golf clubs.

Program Highlights

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    National Leadership

    Earn your degree from one of the Top 10 programs in the nation for hospitality and tourism management.

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    Specialized Education

    Focus on management in food and beverage, hotels and resorts, tourism, or meetings and events.

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    Experiential Learning

    Access two experiential learning laboratories: the Marriott Culinary Lab and McCutchen House Restaurant Management Lab.

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    Resume Building

    Fill your resume with career-related work experiences or internships before graduating.

What You’ll Study

Courses spanning general education, business, hospitality and tourism management are combined with real-world management experience under the guidance and supervision of industry professionals and faculty members. Students enjoy the program’s strong business focus, diverse electives, professional development training and career-related work experience.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Management

    Directing and overseeing the activities and resources to achieve specific goals

    Tourism Management

    Overseeing travel services, coordinating visitor experiences and implementing strategies to promote destination attractiveness and satisfaction

    Customer Service

    Providing assistance and support to customers to ensure satisfaction with a product or service

  • Event Planning

    Coordinating and managing all aspects of an event, including logistics, vendors and timelines

    Event Promotion

    Marketing and advertising an event to attract attendees and generate publicity

    Multicultural Awareness

    Understanding cultural variation and adapting behaviors and communication styles accordingly

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

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Potential Careers

  • Event Manager
  • Golf or Country Club Manager
  • Hotel or Resort Manager
  • Restaurant Operator
  • Wedding Planner
  • Wine and Beverage Sales and Distribution Specialist

Job Titles of Alumni

  • General Manager
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Sales Manager

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $65,547

Workplace Settings

  • Hospitality
  • Events
  • Culinary
  • Tourism
  • Private Club Management
  • Hotel and resort

Employers of Alumni

  • Marriott International
  • Hilton
  • University of South Carolina
  • Augusta National Golf Club
  • Aramark
  • Walt Disney World

The hospitality management program at USC does such a fantastic job of making you a very well-rounded individual upon graduation. I was able to gain exposure to the many different segments of the hospitality industry and I truly feel that I would have been prepared for any hospitality field.

Will Brewster
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