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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

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Areas of Study

Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Hospitality and tourism impact people’s lives every day. From the restaurants where friends dine, to the places people visit, to the vacations and events that mark life’s milestones — this industry is led by moment makers. The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at the University of South Carolina is home to world-renowned faculty, impactful research and education excellence that propel students’ careers to the next level.

The hospitality and tourism industry offers an endless and exciting range of career opportunities to work anywhere in the world. A degree in hospitality management is a perfect choice for students who are passionate about creating memories and experiences for people to enjoy.

Degree Programs

Four HRTM degrees are available, including two undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees:

For students who would like to further specialize, degree focus areas in meeting and event management, food and beverage management, hotel and resort management and tourism management are available. Hospitality management majors may also choose a club management concentration.

For non-degree seeking students, there are also continuing education programs including a Culinary Institute Certification


Our industries have the power to connect cultures, inspire adventures and strengthen global economies. Student immersion in international experiences broadens horizons and prepares them for exciting work opportunities around the world. Our faculty lead custom study abroad courses in China, South America and Europe. The school offers two semester-long exchange programs with partner hospitality universities in Aruba and the Galapagos Islands.

Career Success

Whether you want to live and work in South Carolina or travel the world, a hospitality management or tourism management degree takes you anywhere you want to go.

Below are just a few examples of the rewarding career paths available: 
Convention and visitors bureau director, cruise ship manager, director of operations, destination marketer, event / conference planner, event technology specialist, festival promoter, food and beverage director, golf or country club, manager, golf tournament planner, guest experience manager, hotel general manager, human resources manager, marketing and events coordinator, property manager, resort operations specialist, restaurant franchise owner, restaurant manager, revenue manager, sales director, travel analyst, training manager, tourism strategist, wedding planner, wine and beverage operations manager.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.