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 the Indians stadium, 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.

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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.
Students get behind-the-scenes look at hotel
What do you do if you’re a hotel manager, and you have more guests than rooms available? What happens if shower in room 208 breaks and floods the room below it? How do you handle the regular client who only wants brown blankets in his room? Students in Indiana University Kokomo’s hospitality and tourism management program learned the answers to these dilemmas — and many more — with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Courtyard by Marriott in Kokomo.
Score! Soccer internship brings career goal to life
The music blares, and fans roar as the home team runs onto the field. In the stands, crowds hurry to their seats, as the smells of popcorn, hot dogs, and nachos drift through the air, along with a sense of anticipation, leading up to kick-off. This is a typical day at the office for Chad Wright — and exactly the kind of atmosphere he wants in his dream job. He’s taking the first steps toward that goal during his final semester at Indiana University Kokomo, with an internship with the Indy Eleven pro soccer team.
Field trip offers backstage look at hospitality and tourism
From hotels and restaurants, to baseball fields and museums, Indiana University Kokomo hospitality and tourism students gained a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their career field on a two-day field trip. Heather Kennedy-Eden, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management, led her Travel Indiana class to northeast Indiana, to gain an understanding of how those working in the industry create a great visitor experience.