As a way to expand the course offerings and broaden students' education, skills, and career possibilities, tourism and hospitality management will be incorporated into a new sports and event management major.
In our tourism and hospitality management program, you’ll build relationships with industry-shaping professors in small classes and labs, complete a leadership development program with a cohort of classmates, and acquire invaluable on-the-job skills through a paid co-op and two summer field experiences. This hands-on experience will prepare you for your dream job—whether you long to work in hotel or restaurant management, travel and tourism, or another people-focused role.
When you graduate, you’ll understand how each sector of the industry operates. You’ll be ready for a vibrant career as an industry leader—wherever your degree takes you.
The mission of the Center for Experience Management in Tourism and Hospitality is to develop civically engaged leaders for the global tourism industry through an emphasis on service management and experiential learning.
An emphasis on experiential learning equips students to:
Demonstrate a commitment to managing the service experience specific to the context of the tourism industry
Integrate business concepts in tourism management
Apply the skills relevant to the operational areas of tourism management
During your sophomore and junior summers, you’ll step into two distinct roles for two unique organizations. When you begin your senior year, you will have earned more than 800 hours of paid real-world experience.
Cooperative Education and Leadership Development Program
Prepare for your career through a combination of study-based employment, classroom learning, and self-exploration. You’ll accumulate at least 600 paid working hours as you solve real-world problems in the tourism and hospitality industry. During the classroom component, you’ll join a small cohort of students for a weekly leadership development seminar.
Prepare for rapid career growth by completing two degrees in five years. When you graduate, you’ll receive a bachelor’s degree in tourism and hospitality management and an MBA with a tourism and hospitality concentration.
Enhance your bachelor's degree by exploring the ins and outs of social and corporate events, meeting planning, association planning, destination management, and convention management.
Your education won’t end when you leave the classroom. In addition to completing a co-op and leadership development program, you’ll spend two summers working in two distinct areas of the tourism and hospitality industry. Along the way, you’ll uncover opportunities to join professional organizations and manage on-campus events, including the student-run J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Dining Room on campus.
Prepare to lead in today’s multicultural economy by diving into new cultures. You can study abroad in many different countries, take short-term trips to cultural hubs like San Francisco and New Orleans, and dive into Italian culture during a week-long trip to Rome.
In this program, you’ll never feel alone. You’ll work alongside a career and academic advisor, engage with faculty who invest in your success, and connect with two different mentors: a current student and an industry insider. Before long, your professors and classmates will feel like a second family.
Rub shoulders with industry leaders by joining one of many professional organizations in the tourism and hospitality industry.
Whether you choose the National Association for Catering and Events, the Club Managers Association of America, or another organization with a Widener chapter, you’ll benefit from opportunities to hone leadership skills by attending local and national conferences, networking events, and monthly meetings.
In addition to networking opportunities, these organizations provide you with scholarship opportunities.
For more than three decades, students like you have graduated from our tourism and hospitality program and immediately accepted positions with renowned organizations. By making connections and gaining real-world experience, you’ll put yourself in position to join them.
Recent Employers & Industry Connections
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Lincoln Financial Field
The Franklin Institute
Philadelphia Country Club
Outlook & Outcomes
Restaurant or hotel general manager
Vice president of operations
Special events manager
Where You'll Work
Hotels / resorts
Clubs & casinos
Sports & entertainment
Assisted living / retirement communities
One of a Kind
You'll join the only accredited hospitality program in the Philadelphia region.
94% of students are employed within 6 months of graduation.
Source: Widener University student survey
Hear from our students about their experience in the tourism & hospitality management program
Widener has given me countless opportunities to engage in the City of Chester and to give back to those who may be less fortunate than me.
When comparing costs, we encourage you to look beyond sticker price. Because Widener is a private institution, we’re able to offer financial assistance that brings our exceptional education within reach.
Our financial aid team takes the guessing game out of applying for financial aid. To determine your financial aid package, including scholarships and grants, apply and complete the financial aid process. You might be surprised at how much we can offer in assistance. In addition, many industry scholarships will become available to you once you begin studying full-time and gaining work experience.
Next steps to apply
Students interested in tourism and hospitality management should apply to our management major.