Tourism and Hospitality Management Major

Prepare for a career in an ever-evolving global industry with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management in Temple’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management. This 124-credit undergraduate degree program delves into all facets of the industry, including business management, finance, legal affairs, marketing and sales. You can choose to concentrate in destination management, event leadership or hospitality management to develop your expertise in one area.

You’ll prepare for entry- to mid-level careers at convention and visitors bureaus, destination management organizations, event management organizations, hotels, resorts, theaters, theme parks and more.  

Through the curriculum, you’ll familiarize yourself with some of the tourism and hospitality industry’s key challenges, and you’ll gain the strategic decision-making skills needed to help solve them. Learn the history of the industry, how it has evolved and what major events have impacted it over time.

The School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management emphasizes real-world, experiential learning through required internships, allowing students to gain extensive industry experience by the time they graduate. You’ll also have the unique opportunity of studying and working in Philadelphia—a leader in entertainment, hospitality and tourism.

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You can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Destination Management

    Learn the management, marketing and multicultural challenges of the destination travel industry. Get a thorough understanding of the socio-economic factors involved in developing tourism destinations internationally or domestically in metropolitan, urban and rural settings. Develop products and policies or regenerate and enhance facilities while preserving or forging constructive relations with destination residents and other tourism stakeholders.

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  • Event Leadership/Tourism and Hospitality

    Master the art of organizing and executing every type of ceremony, celebration and conference, including conventions, gala events, meetings and more. Learn how to budget, conceptualize, finance, market and plan events; choose the right venues; cover logistics; and perform thorough post-event analyses. Understand the financial models that sustain events through sponsorship and fundraising opportunities, as well as auxiliary revenue sources.

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  • Hospitality Operations

    Understand the design, layout, maintenance, operations and required capital investments of all types of accommodations, including hotels, motels and resorts. Learn the basics of commercial food management including forecasting, cost analysis and portions. Review the role and the impact of gambling on hospitality, tourism, recreation and sports, and find and maximize revenue opportunities while optimizing pricing.

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Classes & Curriculum

The Tourism and Hospitality Management BS curriculum is a blend of required courses, elective courses, two internships and a professional development seminar. Some of your coursework will depend on which concentration you choose. 

Required courses include 

  • Global Issues in Travel
  • Organization Management in Tourism and Hospitality, and 
  • Strategic Decision Making in Tourism and Hospitality Management.     

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4+1 Accelerated Program

The School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management’s 4+1 Accelerated Program affords students the opportunity to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees within five years. It consists of a minimum of 112-credit hours of undergraduate coursework and a maximum of 12-credit hours of graduate coursework, both to be completed within the first four years.

Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management upon successful completion of their fourth year. In the fifth year, students will complete 24 credits of master’s coursework to complete the graduate degree requirements. At the end of the fifth year, students will receive a Master of Science in Hospitality Management.

Learn more about the Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management 4+1 Accelerated Program.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2020–2021 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $20,616.00 per year
Out-of-state: $37,608.00 per year