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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

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Areas of Study

Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Hospitality and tourism impact people’s lives every day. From the restaurants where friends dine, to the places people visit, to the vacations and events that mark life’s milestones — this industry is led by moment makers. The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at the University of South Carolina is home to world-renowned faculty, impactful research and education excellence that propel students’ careers to the next level.

The hospitality and leisure industry is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the nation and the fourth largest job market in the U.S. There are endless career opportunities for students who are passionate about creating memories and experiences for people to enjoy.

Degree Programs

Four HRTM degrees are available, including two undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees:

A focus in meeting and event management is available to those students who would like to further specialize. Hospitality management majors may also choose a club management concentration.

Explore

Our industries have the power to connect cultures, inspire adventures and strengthen global economies. Student immersion in international experiences broadens horizons and prepares them for exciting work opportunities around the world. Our faculty lead custom study abroad courses in China, South America and Europe. The School offers two semester-long exchange programs with partner hospitality universities in Aruba and the Galapagos Islands.

What we manufacture is happiness and quality family time. How wonderful is it that we can be part of an industry that creates such wonderful memories and helps people lead fuller lives?

— Dr. Scott Smith, associate professor, hotel, restaurant
     and tourism management

Career Success

Whether you want to live and work in South Carolina or travel the world, a degree in hospitality or tourism management takes you anywhere you want to go. Below are just a few examples of the rewarding career paths available: 
Convention and visitors bureau director, cruise ship manager, director of operations, destination marketer, event / conference planner, event technology specialist, festival promoter, food and beverage director, golf or country club, manager, golf tournament planner, guest experience manager, hotel general manager, human resources manager, marketing and events coordinator, property manager, resort operations specialist, restaurant franchise owner, restaurant manager, revenue manager, sales director, travel analyst, training manager, tourism strategist, wedding planner, wine and beverage operations manager.

Undergraduate Internship Requirement

The HRTM program requires two internship experiences prior to graduation. The first experience can be any job in the industry of your major, and is typically taken during your sophomore year. Your second experience — generally completed during your junior or senior year — is your opportunity to take on more responsibility in a managerial or supervisory position, so you will graduate with leadership experience already under your belt.


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