Greetings and welcome to the Department of Hospitality and Tourism at IU Kokomo. We are very glad you have taken the time to visit our website and learn more about us.
Through the Department of Hospitality and Tourism students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management (B.S.H.T.M.). In the B.S.H.T.M. program, students must complete both foundational classes and a core set of Hospitality and Tourism Management classes that provide both a broad perspective related to various aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry and the operations of different types of organizations within the industry. Beyond the Hospitality and Tourism Management core, students can then decide to take electives allowing them to more heavily focus their degree in a particular area such as convention, event and meeting management, or food and beverage management. All students in the B.S.H.T.M. program are required to undertake an internship that will allow them to utilize their classroom learning and gain hands-on experience within organizations within the industry. The course work together with the required internships will ensure that students graduating with a B.S.H.T.M. will be well qualified for careers involving tourism destinations such as amusement parks or museums, convention and meeting planning, or the food and beverage industry.
The faculty within the newly created Department of Hospitality and Tourism bring with them both excellent academic credentials as well as extensive work experience in the industry. This combination of both academic preparation and experience allows the faculty to blend both the theoretical aspects of the discipline together with the real-world nature of the industry. Given the smaller size of the campus and classes, the faculty members get to know each of their students on a first-name basis as they strive to help students learn and succeed.
While the Department of Hospitality and Tourism is housed alongside the School of Business, the Department is not accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International which accredits the School of Business programs. The B.S.H.T.M. program is excluded from such accreditation given the relatively low level of business content and the fact that as this newly created program grows, specialized accreditation that is more specifically associated within the hospitality and tourism field will be sought.
I hope you will take the opportunity to not only explore our website, but also visit our campus. We would love to have a chance to meet you, show you around, and tell you why we think the Department of Hospitality and Tourism is the place to be.
Alan G. Krabbenhoft, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business