Hospitality and Tourism Management

Bachelor of Science

Live and learn hospitality in the heart of California’s tourism industry.

Hospitality and Tourism Management at Cal Lutheran combines a rigorous curriculum with hands-on learning. You'll be prepared for a range of careers within a wide variety of segments in the hospitality and tourism industry. Your knowledge will include skills such as industry-specific knowledge, creative and critical thinking, effective communication, and professional and ethical leadership.

The Curriculum

Cal Lutheran’s Hospitality and Tourism program provides its graduates with a solid foundation on which to build their future careers.

This foundation is based on four core pillars:

  1. Rigorous academic classroom instruction by experienced faculty members.
  2. Technology-based learning using software applications used by major hospitality companies.
  3. Applied hands-on operations and management laboratory training.
  4. Practical internships expose students to different industry sectors and help them gain valuable real world experience.
Start Your Journey

In this major, you’ll be prepared for a career in any public sector that involves hospitality, including but not limited to hotel administration, tourism, food service management and customer service.

Developed in partnership with leading industry professionals, your coursework will combine our liberal arts curriculum with an in-depth, cutting edge sequence of courses in hospitality and tourism management. You'll complete a core managerial program to develop skills in operations, finance, facilities, human resources, ethics, and marketing.

Your last year in the program will focus on advanced hospitality management topics. These include Quality Systems (ensuring health and safety, as well as consistent quality of delivery), Business Strategy, and an Executive Roundtable, offering students the opportunity to meet with local, regional, and global executives in the industry.

You’ll also be prepared to pursue these certifications:

Get hands-on experience

You’ll gain practical knowledge as part of your coursework through active learning, interaction with industry, and applied projects. You will also complete one or more internships, working at organizations in the hospitality industry ranging from restaurant chains to international hotel properties. This combination gives you the opportunity to sharpen your skills in and potentially even secure a job before you graduate!

Your program also includes field trips to local industry leaders, and learning in lab-type courses that include hands-on experience to help you master the skills you’ll need for your career.

Build your professional network

The real-world business experience of your professors will be an invaluable resource during your studies. You’ll also learn directly from company executives through special courses and guest lectures. Because Cal Lutheran is located in the heart of California’s booming tourism industry, you will have access to some of the top hotels, restaurants, and tourist destinations in the world, while working toward your degree.

Our program has been developed in partnership with experienced regional and global industry leaders from international brands such as AmaWaterways, The Cheesecake Factory, Crystal Cruises, Disney, Four Seasons, Hilton, Holland America Group, Marriott, Pleasant Holidays, and others.

Explore the industry around the world

While your classes will cover a variety of global topics, you'll also have the opportunity to study abroad while continuing your hospitality training. Studying international hospitality abroad will help you apply your knowledge and be prepared for an international career.

Save time and money earning your MBA

Add further value to your degree by choosing the 4+1 Option, which gives you a head start on earning an MBA. With 4+1, you’ll be able to take graduate-level courses as part of your undergrad curriculum. After graduation, you’ll only need one additional year to complete your MBA at Cal Lutheran, saving you both time and money.

The Experience
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As a river cruise company, we create unforgettable experiences for our customers. We wouldn‘t be successful without having the best employees. We are therefore proud to support Cal Lutheran‘s program in Hospitality Management and Tourism, which educates the next generation of talented and committed leaders for our industry.

Kristin Karst, CEO and Co-Founder, AmaWaterways
Rudi Schreiner, President and Co-Founder, AmaWaterways
Hospitality and Tourism Management major photo of student or faculty

I have had a long and successful career in all areas of hospitality – from international hotel brands to large real estate and luxury property development. Over the course of that career, I have seen graduates from many top hospitality schools around the world, and I have to say that I am truly impressed by the breadth and depth of Cal Lutheran’s program in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

John Notter
Hospitality Entrepreneur and Founder, Westlake Properties
Former Member, Board of Directors, Hilton Hotels Corporation
Board Member, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Your Future

Because of our internship programs, contacts in the professional world, and the excellent support of Cal Lutheran Career Services, graduates will have opportunities for rewarding careers in a variety of fields.

Over the past 50 years, the hospitality and tourism industry has been in the forefront of the creation of wealth and employment in the global economy, creating $7.5 trillion in wealth and 292 million jobs. The industry is expected to remain robust and to offer rewarding career opportunities to hospitality and tourism graduates. 

California is one of the world's leading tourist destinations. Famous for its national parks, shorelines, mountain ranges, wine producing regions, historic sites, renowned museums, five star resorts, and international sport & convention venues, it's an ideal place to pursue career opportunities in hospitality and tourism.

  • AmaWaterways
  • Caruso Affiliated
  • Command Performance Catering
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Fox Hotels Partners
  • FROSCH Classic Cruise & Travel
  • Hogan Family Foundation
  • Holland America Corporation
  • Marriott
  • Pleasant Travel
  • Princess Cruises
  • The Urbane Cafe
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Town and Country Travel
  • Ventura County Lodging Association
  • Visit Conejo Valley
  • Westlake Village Inn
Career paths:
  • Hotel/Resort/Vacation Ownership Management
  • Convention Sales
  • Event Coordination
  • Destination Marketing
  • Wedding Planning
  • Restaurant Management
  • Food and Beverage Service Management
  • Food and Beverage Cost Accountant
  • Nightclub Management
  • Golf Course Management
  • Sr. Living Facility Management

of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months

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