• Center for Hospitality Management

    • Academic Center North
    • Tel: 610-499-1101
    • Fax: 610-499-1106
  • Nancy Keating


FAQs, Hospitality Management

What is hospitality?

Hospitality is the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers in a warm and welcoming environment. Some of those environments include:

  • Hotels
  • Resorts
  • Timeshare/vacation ownership
  • Full-service restaurants
  • Casual dining restaurants
  • Fine dining restaurants
  • Limited service restaurants
  • On-site food service in healthcare, sports and entertainment, parks and destinations, business and industry, and education
  • Theme parks
  • Cruises
  • Clubs
  • Casinos
  • Meetings, conventions, and expositions

Why is there a required co-op?

Our industry partners believe co-op provides a realistic preview of the industry, and therefore, increases the likelihood of employment success upon graduation. Our students feel more confident and better prepared after the co-op experience. We believe that our cooperative education program helps to develop leaders for the global hospitality industry. See more about cooperative education.

Is co-op a paid position?

Yes! We insist that the student is paid for the co-op position. We believe it is mutually beneficial to the employer and the student to offer a compensation package that is reasonable for the position. The rate of pay, however, is negotiated between the employer and the student. 

Do I pay tuition during my co-op semester?

Yes. The student is earning 15 credits toward the four-year degree during the co-op semester. There is a six-hour classroom requirement each week. Additionally, the student is provided a great deal of home study in the form of homework, readings, and projects. The student truly experiences the rigors of combining full-time employment with a full-time academic schedule. 

Does Widener help me find a job?

Absolutely! We hold an annual Center for Hospitality Management career fair where employers from Philadelphia and the metropolitan area gather to speak with students about field experiences, co-op positions, and opportunities available upon graduation. Additionally, the Widener University Career Services office centrally houses employment opportunities from employers who contact us.