Tourism and Hospitality, BS

Central to Enhancing Growth Through Accommodation.

Central’s BS in Tourism & Hospitality Studies (THS) produces graduates that meet the specific needs of the tourism and hospitality industry. Students gain critical thinking skills through a combination of traditional academic coursework and applied and experiential training. The program equips graduates for higher level Tourism and Hospitality positions and helps them rise to key management roles.

In addition, the program strives to produce students that meet the specific needs of the tourism and hospitality industry. It draws on the diverse offerings of an interdisciplinary program to cultivate an understanding and appreciation for the methods and goals of specific tourist destinations such as resorts, historic sites, art museums, and natural parks. Using the flexibility that an interdisciplinary program provides, students may customize their studies, taking classes in history, art history, management, marketing, science, or other disciplines as their career ambitions demand. This flexibility allows our students to better prepare themselves for the growing niche markets that characterize today’s competitive tourism and hospitality industry.

Program Features

  • Attend full- or part-time
  • Classes on-campus and in hybrid format
  • Flexible curriculum allows student to personalize their course of study
  • Small class sizes
  • Engaged, diverse faculty are experts in their field and attentive to student needs
  • Internship and study abroad opportunities
  • Financial aid and scholarships available
  • Free on-campus child care available

Admissions Contact

Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Jeffery Kreeger
Associate Professor
Geography, Anthropology, & Tourism
Associate Professor
Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall
Brian Sommers
Professor, Department Chair
Geography, Anthropology, & Tourism
International Studies
Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall

The education Central provided me played a huge part in me landing this amazing position in a beautiful hotel I am proud to say I helped open. What faculty taught me has made me up to par with my colleagues that have years of experience.

Recent graduate

Did You Know?

The program is an interdisciplinary marriage between the Geography Department in the Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Marketing Department in the School of Business.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Work with a group of people committed to a common purpose and approach for which they hold themselves accountable and, as a result, improve their collective performance (Teambuilding)
  2. Comprehend, synthesize, and evaluate elements of professional service management (Unique Characteristics of Service)
  3. Demonstrate the skills and behaviors required during customer involvement to analyze, judge, and act in ways that contribute to customer satisfaction (Guest Encounter Skills)
  4. Retrieve, create, organize, analyze, and communicate information using technology and apply relevant technologies in ways that enhance organizational performance (Technology)
  5. Use purposeful and reflective judgment to formulate rational solutions to organizational problems and to make cogent business decisions (Critical Thinking)
  6. Apply the general business tenets of right, good and fair to organizational transactions, activities, and pursuits (Ethics)
  7. Demonstrate the knowledge of fundamental principles of leadership and model the behavior of effective leaders (Leadership)