The mission of the Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department is to provide demonstrated leadership and excellence in its baccalaureate, professional and technical programs and to render service to the students, citizens and hospitality industry of the State of Colorado. The Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department provides flexible and individualized interdisciplinary major programs with concentrations to include hotel, restaurant, tourism and events management.
The goals of the department are to:
- Provide instruction and professional assistance to students.
- Assist students in the development of professionalism and an attitude of continued professional growth and individual.
- Assist students to recognize their responsibilities as members of the hospitality industry and society.
- Prepare students for graduate study in Hospitality, Tourism and Events and related fields.
- Provide seminars and workshops for the hospitality industry within Colorado and beyond.
- Conduct applied research in the field of hospitality.
- Increase the quality and accessibility of hospitality education to citizens of Colorado and beyond.
- Provide professional assistance to the hospitality industry and citizens of Colorado.
Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality, Tourism and Events have four concentration options:
The Hotel Management Concentration prepares students for operations and management positions in various segments of the hotel, motel, lodging and resort industries.
The Restaurant Management Concentration prepares students for operations and management positions in commercial and institutional food service areas such as restaurants, clubs, culinary administration, hotels, resorts, schools, colleges, health care, business and industry in plant feeding and catering.
The Tourism Management Concentration prepares students for planning, operating, managing, selling, and marketing tourism projects with tour operators, destination management companies, adventure travel businesses, ecotourism companies, cruise lines, volunteer services, convention and visitor bureaus, and sustainability organizations.
The Events Management Concentration prepares students for planning an event, meeting, conference, convention, special events, and trade show for both corporate and nonprofit organizations.
The department offers five minors: hotel, restaurant, beverage, tourism and event management. These minors are open to students at MSU Denver majoring in a field of study other than HTE. The minors provide specialized knowledge on the application of business and management principles specific to the area of concentration.
Certificate Programs for Prior Degree Students
The Department offers five certificate programs: hotel, restaurant, beverage, tourism and events management. These programs are specifically designed to assist prior degree students gain the skills and practices necessary to support career changes into the hospitality profession.
Requirements for the Degree
To be awarded a degree, students must complete a total of 120 credits to include 33 credits of General Studies Course Requirements, 3 credits of Multicultural Graduation Requirement, 3 credits of Senior Experience Graduation Requirement, 39 credits of Major Core Requirements, 21-24 hours of Concentration Requirements, and 20 hours of electives or a minor plus electives.
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