Flagler Collegeâ€™s newest program in Hospitality and Tourism Management crossed its final hurdle in becoming a major with its recent approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the recognized regional accrediting body for degree-granting higher education institutions in the South. Courses will begin to be offered this Fall.
â€œTourism has long been a driving force in the economy of the state of Florida,â€ Sport Management Department Chair Dr. Calvin Hunter said. He cited tourismâ€™s foothold in the sunshine state and the need for qualified individuals to manage hotels, resorts and the like as good reasons for students to choose the new major.
To complete the 62-credit major, a student will earn 32 credit hours in Hospitality and Tourism Management courses, along with 12 hours of core courses in Business Administration, eight hours in a foreign language, six hours in selected liberal arts courses, four hours in Sport Management and 120 apprenticeship hours in the hospitality industry.
Graduates with this major will be prepared for entry-level professional positions in guest services management, theme park and attraction management, tourism management, event planning and food services management, and will have the foundation for more senior management positions as their careers advance.
The Hospitality and Tourism Management major had been approved by the collegeâ€™s Faculty Senate and Board of Trustees last spring, and was awaiting SACS approval. Students will be able to officially declare the major this Fall. For more information, contact Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.