In Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) students gain experience and knowledge in food production and service skills in the Boiler Bistro and John Purdue Room, and from internships (in the United States and abroad) at convention and visitor bureaus, resorts, sports facilities, restaurants, and hotels. Students develop critical thinking ability and a broad perspective in human resource management, hospitality law, accounting, finance, marketing, information systems, international relations, senior living, and transportation. Students can choose concentrations in the following areas: Environment Sustainability, Human Resources, Layout and Design, Marketing/Sales.
Points of Pride
The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s undergraduate program is ranked No. 1 in the country in a survey published by the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education. The journal surveyed industry recruiters on attitude of students, curriculum work experience, quality of facilities, quality of faculty, career services, and overall program quality.
Marriott Hall was completed in September, 2011. This state-of-the-art facility supports the learning, discovery, and engagement missions of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Purdue. The building has flexible space that includes classrooms, offices, and industry-standard laboratories. Also located in Marriott Hall are The John Purdue Room, Lavazza Espression coffee shop, and the Boiler Bistro restaurant; all are open to the public and operate as teaching laboratories for HTM students.
International internships enhance students' experiences and may last a semester, a year, or a summer. Students may study in Najing, China, at a five-star hotel; tour Europe with the HTM chef learning about fine dining and wines; or learn firsthand about tourism in Australia.
Students within the College of Health and Human Sciences can enhance their educational experience through participation in academic organizations such as the Club Managers Association of America, Griffin Corps, Hospitality Marketing Association, The Purdue Tourism Association, HTM Society of Hosteurs, Eta Sigma Delta, Professional Convention Management Association, and HTM Career Day Executive Board.