Hospitality Management

Come be a part of the inaugural class in this exciting new program, which combines hands-on experiences at some of the region’s top tourism hot spots with a deep grounding in the liberal arts!

The hospitality minor, which is open to all Wells students, will give you a thorough grounding in the basics of the industry through an innovative combination of the liberal arts and pre-professional practice. You’ll learn the fundamentals of business management, marketing, and financial analysis, while also immersing yourself in the operations of local travel and tourism businesses. In addition, you’ll choose supplemental courses from a wide variety of liberal arts offerings in areas like psychology, theatre and sustainability.


This program is currently available as a minor.

Hospitality Management

Come be a part of the inaugural class in this exciting new program, which combines hands-on experiences at some of the region’s top tourism hot spots with a deep grounding in the liberal arts! Through foundational coursework and discipline-based required courses, you’ll hone skills that transfer across the vast array of hospitality operations and service-oriented businesses. You will master the financial and strategic aspects of this growing industry; the unique dynamics at play in a services-based economy; and your own role in navigating the workforce as an employee, manager and leader.

As goods and services become more and more intertwined, thanks to the advent of the internet and other technologies, the hospitality industry has taken a place at the forefront of the U.S. economy. About one in eight Americans work in the travel and tourism industry, which generates hundreds of billions of dollars annually. And with its abundant number of restaurants, state parks, wineries and breweries, and other attractions, the Finger Lakes region is also increasingly dependent on the hospitality industry — and gaining national recognition in the process.

Hands-On Experience—at a Real Business

One of the program’s highlights is a two-week intensive course held at a nearby, nationally recognized resort, where you will experience firsthand what it’s like to manage various aspects of a top-tier hospitality business. (You may also instead opt for an internship at a similar hospitality business.)

What You’ll Gain from the Program

  • The fundamentals of business, management, leadership and marketing
  • Specialized management and analysis skills related to the hospitality and tourism industry
  • A deep understanding of how a hospitality and tourism business works from the inside
  • Connections to industry insiders and regular opportunities for networking and mentorship

Whether you’re looking to work in the hospitality sector, start your own business or just learn more about this fast-growing industry, Wells College’s hospitality management program will help give you a competitive edge you won’t find anywhere else. 

Requirements for the Minor 

The number of courses required for the minor is seven (20–22 credit hours).


• All of the following (15 sem. hrs.):
BUS 201 Principles of Management (3 sem. hrs.)
BUS 202 Principles of Marketing (3 sem. hrs.)
BUS 230 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3 sem. hrs.)
HM 201 Principles of Hospitality and Tourism (3 sem. hrs.)
HM 202 Hospitality Financial Performance Analysis (3 sem. hrs.) 

• One of the following practical experiences (2–4 sem. hrs.):
HM 301 Immersion Experience (3 sem. hrs.)
HM 290/390 Hospitality Internship (2–4 sem. hrs.) 

• One of the following electives (3 sem. hrs.):
ANTH 270 The Anthropology of Foods
BUS 203 Social Entrepreneurship
BUS 250 Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving
BUS 302 Brand Management
BUS 303 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
BUS 305 Legal Environment of Business
BUS 306 Business Ethics
BUS 307 Marketing Analytics
BUS 350 Business Strategy
BUS 365 Business Sustainability and Social Responsibility
FOOD 285/385 Topics in Sustainable Food Systems
PSY/SOC 224 Social Psychology
PSY/THEA 285 Approaches to Drama Therapy
PSY 306 Organizational Behavior
THEA 128 Acting One
THEA 201 Arts Management 

Program Faculty
Kevin Miles
Director, Wells College Center for Business and Entrepreneurship
Erinn Ryen
Associate Professor of Business

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