Hospitality Management

College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership
Bachelor’s Degree

“True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each and every person." - Kathleen Norris

Program Overview

Are you interested in a career in Florida’s booming tourism and hospitality industry? Do you want to take your passion for cooking, travel, restaurants and hotels and turn it into a rewarding career? USF Sarasota-Manatee’s undergraduate Hospitality Management program will give you the knowledge and hands-on experience to earn your dream job at a top hotel, restaurant, resort or hospitality organization!

Students in the Hospitality Management program don’t just sit in a classroom – they actively plan, execute and attend a variety of exciting events, including food and wine festivals, catered dinners and lavish banquets. Want a personalized hospitality educational experience? Then USFSM is the place for you.

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Is the Hospitality Management Program Right for You?

Are you the type of person who wears a smile and thrives in a fast-paced, often hectic environment? Are you able to make important decisions on the fly while working as part of a team that puts customers first? Do you want to learn by experience how to manage a successful operation right here in the tourism-rich region of Sarasota-Bradenton, instead of sitting in a classroom every day?

If so, a Hospitality Management degree from USFSM will give you a taste of what it is like to pursue a career in the global hospitality and tourism industry. A Culinary Innovation Lab and a teaching hotel partnership with the Resort at Longboat Key Club are just two of the program’s unique strengths.

USF Sarasota-Manatee also offers study abroad and exchange programs with several international partners, as well as scholarships and financial aid for qualified hospitality majors. Classes are taught in the traditional classroom setting as well as online, so students can choose the learning style that best fits their needs.

Future Careers

A degree in hospitality management provides the basis for a leadership position in the top hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise companies, theme parks, restaurants, private clubs and tourist attractions in the world.

Some of the career opportunities for hospitality management graduates include:

  • General Hotel or Restaurant Managers
  • Food and Beverage Managers
  • Executive Chefs
  • Bar Managers
  • Floor Managers
  • Event Planners
  • Travel Agents
  • Sales and Marketing Professionals
  • Human Resources Managers

For more information on future careers and internships, please visit Career Services.

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Potential Employers


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