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Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Maybe you watched The Wedding Planner a hundred times in a row and know it by heart. Or maybe you live for the next Pacers, Colts, Jackrabbits, or Indians game. Or perhaps your favorite memory is that time you stayed in the most charming bed ‘n breakfast, where you felt less like a formal guest and more like a member of the family. If you are passionate about travel and events, the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Indiana University Kokomo has a spot waiting just for you.

The career possibilities in this field are endless. It’s so amazing that I finally found what I want to do with my life. I love the hands-on aspect of learning in this field.

Bri Rose, B.S. '17, Hospitality and Tourism Management

In our department, we believe in deep study and lively conversations in the classroom coupled with real-world, hands-on experiences out in the field. Our past students have been all over, learning and growing with each trip! Past excursions include a visit to Victory Field, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Churchill Downs, the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Crystal Tea Room, Half Moon Brewery, the Kokomo Country Club, plus many more! With each trip and visit, you’ll learn to apply what you read, discuss, and learn in the classroom to the real-life things you experience with your professors and peers. The faculty in hospitality and tourism management come with a wealth of knowledge from study, teaching, and working in the industry themselves. They’re ready to meet you, connect, call you by name, and prepare you for life after graduation.

Whether your goal is to become a beer and spirits manager or to be in charge of planning events, conferences, and conventions, the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management is where you belong. You can earn a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management or add our minor to your course of study.

Read the Transcript for the IU Kokomo: Hospitality and Tourism Video Watch the IU Kokomo: Hospitality and Tourism Video with Audio Description

Please note that while the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management 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.

An Education that Works Anywhere

Something's Brewing
Something interesting is brewing at Indiana University Kokomo. As part of the hospitality and tourism management (HTM) program, students are learning about the business of micro brewing, or making beer in a commercial facility that brews no more than 15,000 barrels per year. These beverages, generally distributed regionally, are also known as craft beers, and emphasize quality, rather than quantity.
The Sophomore Sojourn
A gourmet meal served on fine china is not a typical meal enjoyed by a college student. For 14 Indiana University Kokomo hospitality and tourism majors, however, it is part of a defining experience — the Sophomore Sojourn. The sojourn provides second-year students an opportunity to apply and integrate learning off campus, while building relationships with classmates and faculty.
Happiest Place on Earth
Standing for hours each day under the hot Florida sun, selling popcorn and ice cream, probably doesn’t sound like a glamorous job. But to Mikayla Shaw, it is the opportunity of a lifetime, to live and work in the Walt Disney World resort, participating in the Disney College Program. “I can’t believe I’m here,” said Shaw, a general studies major at Indiana University Kokomo. “I’m still completely amazed that I work here. I grew up a Disney fan, it was a big part of my life, so when I found out about this program. I had to come down here and experience it.”
Career Prep
Bri Rose rolls up her sleeves, gearing up for a career in one of the world’s fastest growing industries – hospitality and tourism. “The career possibilities in this field are endless,” said Rose, a junior at Indiana University Kokomo and one of the first to declare this major after the degree program became available two years ago. “It’s so amazing that I finally found what I want to do with my life. I love the hands-on aspect of learning in this field.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of meeting, event, and convention planners is expected to grow 33 percent between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Last updated: 10/26/2018