The Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) program began offering undergraduate degrees in 2006. The program was an expansion of the Food and Beverage Management option offered previously in the department of Nutrition and Health Sciences.
The new major was offered jointly by the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR).
The program consisted of eight tracks with Nature-based Tourism and Parks and Recreation offered through the department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC); and Food and Beverage, Lodging, Public Relations, Human Resources, Event Planning and Journalism offered through the department of Nutrition and Health Sciences (NHS).
In 2012, the curriculum was reorganized into one unified program with a Bachelor of Arts degree offered by either CEHS or CASNR. The curriculum requires students to take 45 hours of HRTM Core Requirements and 21 additional professional electives from a list of specific HRTM and business courses.
Students complete a minor in ALEC and are encouraged to select an area of emphasis such as Club Management, Event Planning, Food & Beverage, Human Resources, Lodging and/or Tourism and can complete a Minor in Business within the 120 hour degree program. In 2013 HRTM obtained approval to offer a BA degree in both CEHS and CASNR.
The HRTM program is located in Ruth Leverton Hall on East Campus. The facility contains:
- Specialized laboratories for food preparation and sensory analysis of food.
- Computer Lab