Do you love meeting new people? Do you smile easily, make friends quickly, and have outstanding people skills? Are you adept at customer service? Do you like to try the newest restaurants and travel whenever possible? If so, you may be a perfect candidate for Buffalo State College’s Hospitality Administration Program.
Hospitality and tourism is an enormous industry. It’s divided into five major service segments: food, lodging, recreation, travel, and convention/meeting. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the travel and tourism sector has an annual economic impact of around $6.5 trillion in U.S. dollars worldwide. The U.S. hotel industry has a total retail value of $493.76 billion per year and employs millions of people. Clearly, hospitality is a rapidly expanding industry with plenty of opportunities. It’s no wonder why hospitality administration is one of the most popular majors among undergraduate students.
“Buffalo is a good place for someone in tourism,” said Chenchen Huang, associate professor of hospitality and tourism. “You’ve got everything—sports, cultural attractions, shopping, restaurants, and nice people.”
Buffalo State’s hospitality administration program prepares graduates for management positions in various aspects of the hospitality industry. The department’s mission is to educate and develop proven hospitality professionals by integrating a strong core curriculum with a deliberate emphasis on experiential learning. The department is defined by its extraordinary focus on student development and is firmly grounded in producing graduates that excel in communication, teamwork, professionalism, and problem-solving.
What else sets Buffalo State College’s program apart from the rest? Here are just a few ways in which our program shine:
Buffalo State is committed to providing program-related experiences that will enhance students’ personal and professional growth. Below are just a few clubs, programs, and opportunities available to hospitality and tourism students:
The hospitality and tourism program has a focus on active learning. Majors learn at Campus House, through courses like catering management, event management, training, etc., as well as in the new partnership with Hotel Henry. The department sponsors an annual study abroad experience every spring recess and many of those participants complete research related to cultural tourism.
Hospitality and tourism majors are required to complete 400 hours of hospitality-related industry experience prior to graduation. Many excellent internship opportunities are available in the Buffalo-Niagara region, other parts of the United States, and abroad as part of the International Student Exchange Program. Companies and organization in which recent majors have interned include:
The hospitality industry is quite broad — much broader, in fact, than it may appear. While most hospitality administration graduates do find employment managing and directing hotels, applications can also extend to the travel, tourism, restaurant, and housing management industries. There are many other career options with this degree. Also, if you have a love for a particular language or country, a hospitality administration major may enable you to live and work in that country more than a foreign language major would. Common hospitality administration job titles include:
Ninety percent of our majors are employed in the field or have enrolled in a graduate program soon after graduation. Recent graduates have taken positions at several local institutions including:
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