Whenever people travel, they need a temporary place to call home. And the more people travel—across the country or around the globe—the more homes away from home they will need. It’s a big reason why hospitality management is such an attractive program of study for students who seek a potentially lucrative career in the hospitality industry.
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 going 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!
Lakeland University has great partnerships with some of the state’s top resorts, and Wisconsin is filled with premier tourist destinations and accommodations.
Lakeland’s hospitality management program has always made good use of strong relationships with business partners in the training of its students. 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 our immediate neighborhood.
Long-term career opportunities in the lodging, food and beverage, and other hospitality businesses are abound. With a degree in Hospitality Management, Lakeland University students are hirable across the U.S. and beyond!
This major falls under the Business program's 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.
At Lakeland, we've become more focused on globalization. Students enrolled in Lakeland's traditional program on the main campus, have taken faculty-led trips to South Korea, Cancun, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas. Past study abroad experiences have also 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 a foreign language.
Traditional Students (Main Campus): Lakeland's Cooperative Education program will provide 12-18 months of full-time work experience, academic credit for their work, and a combination of scholarships and wages that will significantly reduce or eliminate post-graduation debt.
Kellett School (Evening/Online): Earn academic credit toward your degree on the job – without stepping footing a traditional classroom! Whether it’s projects you’re already doing or much-needed tasks your boss doesn’t have time for – only Lakeland lets you earn academic credit for real-time work projects.