The travel and tourism industry is one of the largest, most dynamic industries in the world.

Students of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program are introduced to this exciting industry and will be prepared to enjoy a successful career in the hospitality and tourism industry. The program offers a comprehensive foundation of courses and an opportunity for students to select elective courses in specific areas within the hospitality and tourism industry.

The Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Bachelor of Science degree has three concentration options for majors: Hotel Management, Restaurant Management or Tourism Management. All courses are taught by faculty who combine excellent academic credentials with a strong professional background.

The Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program is further enhanced through activities supported by the hospitality industry. Students participate in hotel and restaurant shows, tour hospitality facilities, listen to industry speakers, attend career days, and conduct special projects for the industry.

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What do students learn to do?

From our challenging coursework, students will learn subjects such as:

Students will be able to apply management skills and practical knowledge learned from the classroom to identify problems, resolve conflicts, manage decisions, and resolve issues when working in different sectors of the hospitality and tourism industry.

  • See the HRTM major's mission and accredited learning outcomes.

    The mission of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program is to develop competent and ethical hospitality management professionals who:

    HRTM students will:

    • Demonstrate and apply evaluate content knowledge in the field of hospitality and tourism management.
    • Identify and contrast theoretical and practical experiences necessary to become successful industry professional.
    • Utilize and develop skills in critical thinking, effective communication and leadership.
    • Recognize and support the merits of community service, ethical behavior and social responsibility.

The Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Bachelor of Science degree has three concentration options for majors: Hotel Management, Restaurant Management or Tourism Management. All courses are taught by faculty who combine excellent academic credentials with a strong professional background.

The Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program is further enhanced through activities supported by the hospitality industry. Students participate in hotel and restaurant shows, tour hospitality facilities, listen to industry speakers, attend career days, and conduct special projects for the industry.

All About HRTM at ESU

What do students learn to do?

From our challenging coursework, students will learn subjects such as:

Students will be able to apply management skills and practical knowledge learned from the classroom to identify problems, resolve conflicts, manage decisions, and resolve issues when working in different sectors of the hospitality and tourism industry.

  • See the HRTM major's mission and accredited learning outcomes.

    The mission of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program is to develop competent and ethical hospitality management professionals who:

    HRTM students will:

    • Demonstrate and apply evaluate content knowledge in the field of hospitality and tourism management.
    • Identify and contrast theoretical and practical experiences necessary to become successful industry professional.
    • Utilize and develop skills in critical thinking, effective communication and leadership.
    • Recognize and support the merits of community service, ethical behavior and social responsibility.

Career Opportunities

ESU graduates achieve a wide range of positions in the hospitality industry. Alumni of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management major have earned positions including:

  • Vice President & Managing Director, Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Director of Communications and Events, The Union League of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • President, CTC Events, Fairfax, Va.
  • Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Minnetonka, Mn.
  • Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Chicago, Ill.
  • Director of Human Resources, The Manhattan Club, New York, NY
  • Senior Vice President, Compass-USA, Duluth, Ga.
  • Food & Beverage Director, Bally’s, Atlantic City, N.J.
  • General Manager, Embassy Suites, Valley Forge, Pa.

Hands-on Learning

East Stroudsburg University is conveniently located in the heart of the Pocono Mountain Region, with more than 600 hotels, four water park resorts, six major ski areas, year-round festivals, and events, two National Parks, and nine state parks covering a total of 105,537 acres. Students have abundant opportunities to part take in various sectors of the Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism industry.


Specialized Facilities

Smith Travel Research (STR) SHARE Center

Provides large volumes of hotel and tourism data, in-depth resources and training materials for students. SHARE Center also provides global industry articles, publication, webinars for students, and newsletters.

Smith Travel Research (STR) SHARE Center

Provides large volumes of hotel and tourism data, in-depth resources and training materials for students. SHARE Center also provides global industry articles, publication, webinars for students, and newsletters.

Surface Hub 2S

An all-in-one 50-inch conferencing system is a digital whiteboard, meetings platform and collaborative computing device. Allow coalition on course projects, case studies, senior seminars, and further develop a collaborative culture. Guest speakers will be able to meet with our class through this technology to better interact with our students.

Virtual Reality System

The HTC Virtual Reality system provides students the understanding of the emerging technology in the hospitality, recreation and tourism industry, enriching students understanding how VR videos are filmed, produced, and delivered.

Operations and Lodging Management Simulation Software

The software allows students to master the details of running a hotel that meets customer demands in Front Desk operation, staffing, housekeeping, and much more. Students will learn hands-on experience on how to balance the many needs of a well-run hotel.

Experiential Learning Laboratory

This laboratory is a fully functional student-run restaurant. Students are exposed to all aspects of kitchen and dining operations including cooking & baking, haute cuisine and wine pairing, restaurant point of sale operations. Students learn beverage management, hosting/serving, and dining room leadership including financial management and cost controls.

Surface Hub 2S

An all-in-one 50-inch conferencing system is a digital whiteboard, meetings platform and collaborative computing device. Allow coalition on course projects, case studies, senior seminars, and further develop a collaborative culture. Guest speakers will be able to meet with our class through this technology to better interact with our students.

Virtual Reality System

The HTC Virtual Reality system provides students the understanding of the emerging technology in the hospitality, recreation and tourism industry, enriching students understanding how VR videos are filmed, produced, and delivered.

Operations and Lodging Management Simulation Software

The software allows students to master the details of running a hotel that meets customer demands in Front Desk operation, staffing, housekeeping, and much more. Students will learn hands-on experience on how to balance the many needs of a well-run hotel.

Experiential Learning Laboratory

This laboratory is a fully functional student-run restaurant. Students are exposed to all aspects of kitchen and dining operations including cooking & baking, haute cuisine and wine pairing, restaurant point of sale operations. Students learn beverage management, hosting/serving, and dining room leadership including financial management and cost controls.


Experienced Faculty

ESU's HRTM faculty are dedicated and experienced hotel, restaurant and tourism educators who bring the industry into the classroom.


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Contact Us

Please contact the Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism Management department with any questions about our majors, minors and certification options.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Rosenkrans Hall East
Phone:
(570) 422-3511
Fax:
(570) 422-3198 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair
Name
Stanley Li-Ming Chiang
Phone:
(570) 422-3624