Major code BS6361
Patton College of Education
Department of Human and Consumer Sciences
Athens, OH 45701
Hyeyoon “Rebecca” Choi, contact person
Hospitality and tourism is one of the world’s largest industries. The Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism (RHT) program offers academic preparation with an experiential foundation for graduates seeking careers in different sectors of the hospitality and tourism industry including event management, food and beverage services, lodging, private clubs, theme parks, resorts and tourism management or continuing with master’s studies. Major courses include Introduction to Hospitality, Food and Culture, Hotel Operations, Food Sanitation and Safety, Introductory Food Preparation, Introduction Food Production, Catering for the Hospitality Industry, Convention and Event Planning, Restaurant Operations, Beverage Management, Accounting in Hospitality Operations, Principles of Tourism, Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism and Hospitality Practicum.
The hallmarks of our program include highly qualified and experienced faculty, professional development experiences for students, experiential learning, state-of-the-art facilities, service/outreach activities, international internship opportunities and extensive professional networking resources. The newly renovated McCracken Hall is equipped with a modern commercial kitchen laboratory and demonstration kitchen, which provides students a comprehensive experience in food and beverage services, catering and event management. The RHT faculty are leading scholars, teachers, and industry professionals who have innumerable global education and global applied experiences in hospitality and tourism field. Active student organizations, professional conferences, study tours, and special events with industry leaders elevate the distinctive student learning experiences. With a holistic approach, the RHT program affords students both the depth and breadth of knowledge and skills in working in the hospitality and tourism industry. The learning opportunities enhances and improves the students’ marketability, and ultimately position them to be competitive and successful in their chosen careers.
To remain active in this program you must meet the following criteria:
- Maintain overall GPA of 2.0 (C) or better in all hours attempted at Ohio University.
- Earn at least a 2.0 (C) or better in each course listed under Major Requirements.
- Successfully earn at least a C (2.0) in all required RHT courses by the end of the third enrollment in each course. Other schools and departments may also limit the number of times you may retake a course.
For Freshman/First-Year Admission, Change of Program or External Transfer
No requirements beyond University admission requirements. To obtain the documents necessary to change your major or externally transfer into the program you will need to speak with a representative in the Office of Student Affairs located on the 1st floor of McCracken Hall in Room 102. The main office can be reached at 740.593.4400.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Graduates are prepared for entry-level management positions within the restaurant, hotel, and tourism industry. Previous graduates have gained employment with international restaurant and hotel companies, school and university dining services, event planning and catering companies, and tourism focused organizations.