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If you enjoy interacting with people and working in an energized environment where guests are looking to have fun, this major might suit your personality.

Lakeland's hospitality management program has been strong for two decades, and continues to send qualified graduates into exciting, fast-paced careers at resorts, hotels, restaurants and even on cruise ships around the world.

Right in Lakeland's backyard, world-class resorts such as the American Club in Kohler, The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake and Blue Harbor in Sheboygan draw guests from near and far. Internationally renowned golf courses Whistling Straits, Blackwolf Run and The Bull are also in the immediate neighborhood. Simply put, internships and long-term career opportunities in the lodging, food and beverage and other hospitality businesses abound.

Cooperative Education

Lakeland University's innovative cooperative education model will allow you to gain valuable work experience and attain your bachelor’s degree while significantly minimizing your student debt.

By their sophomore year, students who enter this program will begin working at places like The Osthoff Resort in nearby Elkhart Lake; gaining experience in event planning, food and beverage, housekeeping, etc.

What does cooperative education mean?

  • Work and earn up to $100,000 during your four years as a Lakeland University student; earning credits while you earn money (this includes scholarship dollars)
  • Develop an impressive resume enhancing your marketability post-graduation through curricular and co-curricular development opportunities
  • Build professional relationships with world-class local companies

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See the world

In addition to the numerous local opportunities, Lakeland University believes in branching out, so this major also features incredible travel opportunities around the world.

We've become more focused on globalization. In the last 10 years, we've taken faculty-led trips with students to South Korea, Cancun, Costa Rica and the Bahamas.

This major falls under the business umbrella, so you will leave Lakeland armed with a strong base of core business classes. But there is also tremendous flexibility associated with this major, so you can personalize your hospitality management degree with other emphases – such as marketing or international business.

Hospitality Management at Lakeland

One of the many things that make Lakeland's hospitality management program particularly strong is the requirement of three practicum experiences, which expose students to work experience in housekeeping, food and beverage and event planning. In addition, students are required to complete a four-credit internship, which could span six months from May through October and serve the needs of our partner resorts – The Osthoff Resort, Destination Kohler and Blue Harbor Resort.

Past study abroad experiences have taken students to China, Japan, Cancun, Luxembourg and Ireland, among many other countries.  Every two years, a new study abroad class is developed to expose students to the global nature of hospitality. 

In addition, because hospitality management is such an international industry, one semester of a foreign language (Spanish, German, Chinese or Japanese) is required. Students are strongly encouraged to continue pursuing additional semesters of foreign language.

With this degree, Lakeland University students are hirable across the U.S. and beyond!


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