Tourism Hospitality Management at BHSU

SPECIALIZE IN TOURISM & HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT

Do you love the outdoors, travel and enriching peoples' lives? If yes, then earning an Associates degree in Tourism & Hospitality Management at BHSU is exactly what you are looking for.

Graduates from the tourism and hospitality management program enter careers that include: travel guide, concierge, travel coordinator, restaurant manager, event planner, hotel manager, tour guide. With a degree in tourism and hospitality management, you will enter into one of the most exciting and engaging fields.

Study in A program that utilizes the local tourism & Hospitality industry as it's classroom!

The Tourism & Hospitality Management program is specifically designed to give students first hand experience, relevant on the job training and the direct connection with local tourism and hospitality employers that will lead to future jobs and careers in the region. 

  • 61 Credits – 4 semesters
  • 4 Core Competencies:
    • Lodging Management
    • Restaurant Management
    • Tourism Management
    • Meetings, Conventions and Event Planning Management
  • 605 Internship Hours (12 Credits) The “605” Internship Experience
    • Learn & Earn Model "Get Paid While Going to School"
    • 600 Hours within an internship + 5 Exploration Experiences
  • 50% Applied Learning/Experiential Learning
  • Course rotation: Summer, Fall, Spring & Summer
  • 4-year Bachelors in Tourism & Hospitality Management is also available. 
  • A behind the scenes look into one of South Dakota's top industries. 

Program Partners

LIV HOSPITALITY

Located in the Black Hills of western South Dakota, Liv Hospitality, LLC is an independent, professional hospitality management company featuring award-winning properties near some of the most captivating vacation destinations in the country.
From the largest indoor waterpark in the Dakotas to full-service gaming resorts, Liv Hotel Group specializes in the development, ownership, marketing, and management of over a dozen Black Hills hotels, resort properties, restaurants, gaming establishments, and bars in Rapid City and Deadwood, S.D.

BLACK HILLS, BADLANDS & LAKES

On Dec. 20, 1939, Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association (BH&B) set out on a mission to solidify the Black Hills and Badlands region as a destination with so much to see and do that you just had to make a weekend out of it. That's why for the past 80 years BH&B has been dedicated to promoting the Black Hills and Badlands region—for the benefit of the communities we serve, our members and visitors.

BH&B’s board-approved strategic marketing plans increase visitor numbers, trip duration and visitor sales. These efforts ensure a healthy future for BH&B and the visitor industry as a whole.

We’re proud to be South Dakota’s oldest, largest and most vibrant private-sector tourism association. Together, our unified voice strengthens the tourism industry and maintains it as a driving economic force for our region. 

VISIT SPEARFISH

Visit Spearfish, Inc. is a private, non-profit destination marketing organization whose purpose is to attract visitors from outside of the local trade area, with an emphasis on travelers who require overnight stays in Spearfish.

More specifically, Visit Spearfish markets the tourism industry in Spearfish to individuals, families, and large groups to increase the local economy by returning those revenues to other local retail and service businesses. 

SPEARFISH HOLIDAY INN & CONVENTION CENTER

Holiday Inn Spearfish Convention Center is in the perfect location with all your necessities and local attractions nearby. Our hotel shuttle will take you to downtown Spearfish for an afternoon of local shopping and restaurants. Experience the best of South Dakota’s Craft Beer scene with our local breweries; each with their own distinct brand and flavors. Outdoor enthusiasts love to explore DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery, snowmobile in Black Hills National Forest or ski at Terry Peak. With convenient access to Interstate 90, it is easy to navigate to destinations all over the Black Hills. Day trips to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial are guest favorites, as is visiting the mysterious Devils Tower.Corporate guests find it easy to work thanks to free wireless internet and a 24-hour Business Center. If you are looking to host a meeting or event, the sales team at the Holiday Inn Spearfish Convention Center would love to assist you with all your planning needs.

VISIT RAPID CITY

Visit Rapid City was organized in July 1971. John Kolb was the first Executive Director Visit Rapid City and John Derby was the first elected chairman of Visit Rapid City. After the flood of 1972, Visit Rapid City was a great supporter of the new civic center and the first convention signed for Rapid City Civic Center was the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Visit Rapid City is an award-winning, internationally recognized destination marketing organization and has been an integral part of Black Hills tourism, promoting events such as the first Farmer’s Market in 1982, “Good Morning America” broadcasting live from Mt. Rushmore in 1986, the new “Great Faces, Great Places” Tourism Theme revealed in Pierre in 1990, the premiere of Dances with Wolves in Rapid City in 1990, President Bush dedicating Mt. Rushmore’s 50th Anniversary in 1991 and hosting the first annual Travel Writers Convention in 1993. Visit Rapid City celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011 which coincided with the new Main Street Square opening in downtown Rapid City.

*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.

Tourism & Hospitality Management Course Requirements

Pre-Business Core - 24 semester hours

  • ACCT 210 - Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 211 - Principles of Accounting II
  • BADM 320 - Quantitative Decision Analysis
  • BADM 344 - Managerial Communications
  • ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • BADM 220 - Business Statistics
  • MIS 205 - Advanced Computer Applications

Business Core - 33 semester hours

  • 300/400 level ECON elective
  • BADM 310 - Business Finance
  • BADM 321 - Business Statistics II
  • BADM 350 - Legal Environment of Business
  • BADM 369 - Organizational Behavior & Theory
  • BADM 370 - Marketing
  • BADM 407 - International Business
  • BADM 425 - Production/Operations Management
  • BADM 457 - Business Ethics
  • BADM 482 - Business Policy and Strategy
  • MIS 325 - Management Information Systems

Specialization in Tourism and Hospitality Management - 18 semester hours

  • THM 100 - Introduction to Tourism & Hospitality Management
  • THM 200 - Convention, Meetings, & Event Planning
  • THM 310 - Restaurant Management
  • THM 320 - Lodging Management
  • THM 410 - Tourism Management
  • THM 480 - Tourism Planning & Development

Gen Ed Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • MATH - Gen Ed - Mathematics - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Social Science - 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Art & Humanities - 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab - 6-8 semester hours
  • ENGL 101 - Composition I
  • ENGL 201 - Composition II
  • SPCM 101 - Fundamentals of Speech
    or
  • SPCM 215 - Public Speaking
    or
  • SPCM 222 - Argumentation and Debate

Note

A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.
 

Tourism & Hospitality - Associate's Degree: 2-YEAR PLAN
The Required Core is highly recommended to be taken as listed. This will allow you to fulfill your General Education Requirements for the University and progress through the Assoicate Program efficiently.


FIRST YEAR

Fall Semester
ACCT 210 Principles of Accounting I (pre-req for ACCT-211)
MIS 105 Introduction to Computers (pre-req for MIS 205 & BADM 320)
THM 100 Introduction to Tourism & Hospitality Management*

Spring Semester
BADM 360 Organization & Management
BADM 370 Marketing
MIS 205 Advanced Computer Applications
THM 200 Convention, Meetings and Events**


SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester
Choose 2: ACCT 211, BADM 372*, ECON 201, ECON 202 and/or THM 480
BADM 334 Small Business Management *
THM 320 Lodging Management*

Spring Semester
THM 296 Field Experience
THM 310 Restaurant Management**


Key:
* Fall Only Classes
** Spring Only Classes
^ Even Years
^^ Odd Years

Business Administration with a Tourism & Hospitality Management Specialization: 4-YEAR PLAN A minor is NOT required with a Business major. The Required Core and Specialization Credits are highly recommended to be taken as listed. This will allow you to fulfill your General Education Requirements for the University and progress through the Business Program efficiently.


FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester
ACCT 210 Principles of Accounting I (pre-req for ACCT-211)
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics (gen ed)
MIS 105 Introduction to Computers (pre-req for MIS 205 & BADM 320)

Spring Semester
ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting II (pre-req for ACCT 310, 430 & BADM 310)
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (gen ed)
MATH 281 Introduction to Statistics (gen ed; pre-req for BADM 320, 321, & 425 )
MIS 205 Advanced Computer Applications (pre-req for ACCT 361)


SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester
BADM 321 Business Statistics II
THM 100 Intro to Tourism & Hospitality*

Spring Semester
BADM 320 Quantitative Decision Analysis
BADM 344 Managerial Communications
THM 200 Convention, Meetings & Event Planning**


JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester
BADM 310 Business Finance (pre-reqe for BADM 482)
BADM 350 Legal Environment of Business (pre-req for BADM 482)
MIS 325 Management Information Systems
THM 320 Lodging Managment

Spring Semester
BADM 360 Organization & Management (pre-req for BADM 482)
BADM 407 International Business
ECON 300/400 Elective
THM 310 Restaurant Management


SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester
BADM 370 Marketing (pre-req for BADM 482) THM 480 Tourism Planning & Development*
Electives - 3 credits

Spring Semester
BADM 425 Production & Operations Management
BADM 457 Business Ethics
BADM 482 Business Policy & Strategy
THM 410 Tourism Management
Electives - 3 credits

Key:
*Fall Only Classes
** Spring Only Classes


Learn more about the program requirements to get an associates degree in Tourism and Hospitality from BHSU.

Required Core - 33 hours

  • 3 ACCT 210 - Principles of Accounting I
  • 3 BADM 334 - Small Business Management
  • 3 BADM 360 - Organization and Management
  • 3 BADM 370 - Marketing
  • 3 MIS 205 - Advanced Computer Applications
  • 3 THM 100 - Introduction to Tourism & Hospitality Management
  • 3 THM 200 - Convention, Meetings, & Event Planning
  • 3 THM 296 - Field Experience (Take 3 credits of Field Experience)
  • 3 THM 310 - Restaurant Management
  • 3 THM 320 - Lodging Management

Required Electives - Take three of the following:

  • 3 ACCT 211 - Principles of Accounting II
  • 3 BADM 372 - Advertising
  • 3 ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • 3 ECON 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • 3 THM 410 - Tourism Management
  • 3 THM 480 - Tourism Planning and Development

Associates Degree General Education Requirements - 18 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech
  • 3 MATH - Gen Ed - Math - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Natural Science - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Social Science  - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed Elective - Take one additional General Education course from Natural Science/Lab, Social Science, or Arts/Humanities. Must be from a different disciplinary prefix.

Electives are required to total 60 credits





FIND YOUR CAREER

Employment opportunities include:
» Restaurant Manager
» Tour Guide
» Hotel General Manager
» Event Planner
» Attractions Director
» Dept. of Tourism Coordinator
» Casino Group Sales Manager
» Sales & Marketing Manager
» Small Business Owner
» Travel Agent

AMBER LIND
CLASS OF 09'

» B.S. in Business Administration, Specializations in Marketing and Management
» Began her career with Aflac after graduation in June 2009
Promoted to Aflac Regional Sales Coordinator
» Involved in Student Council and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) while attending BHSU

Student Organizations

Enactus

Enactus is an international community of student leaders whouse entrepreneurial action to solve problems and improve the world. Past projects by the BHSU team have included helping youth, the elderly, and the disabled.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society for AACSB accredited schools of business, whose mission is to encourage and honor academic excellence, to foster personal and professional excellence, and to advance the values of the Society. The top 10% of junior and senior business majors are invited to join this prestigious organization.

Travel and Tourism Club

The mission of the Travel and Tourism Club is to focus on exploring the tourism industry through trips around the Black Hills region and beyond. Other opportunities include job shadowing, guest speakers, and networking with professionals in tourism fields.

Jackets Investment Club

The Jackets Investment Club seeks to provide all students an opportunity to learn more about investing. The purpose of the club is to give members the opportunity to learn and practice new investment tools. Using real-world applications, students will strengthen their knowledge of economics, markets, and finance.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Develop valuable personal relationships in a small community with amazing faculty and staff while thriving in the outdoors of the Black Hills.