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Location: Chicago, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Summer, Spring
Program Type: Major, Minor

No better place exists to learn about this industry than the Chicago metropolitan area with its wealth of world-class hotels and restaurants and its rich blend of ethnic cultures and cuisines, arts and entertainment, sports and recreation. With offices overlooking several of Chicago’s major tourism destinations, the school offers an undergraduate program preparing students for management and leadership careers in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Roosevelt’s Hospitality program prepares students in the following concentration areas: lodging management; food and beverage management; meeting, events and exhibition management; and tourism administration.

Jeff Adams
,  Department Chair

What Differentiates Us



The program is tuned in to the local community with a service learning project and partnership with the Marriott Foundation to benefit Chicago Public School graduates with severe learning and cognitive disabilities. This is how we embrace social justice and put values into action.

Grad Hat


Choose from meeting and event management, lodging management, food and beverage management, or tourism administration.

Expectations & Requirements


Students develop professional leadership abilities, technical skills, and creative problem-solving skills appropriate for the hospitality workplace. Our hands-on coursework in management theory and practice, operations analysis, organizational development, multiculturalism and cultural diversity, will give you the experience you need to lead creatively and strategically. Our expert faculty provide real world exposure to industry experts through guest lectures and site visits, incorporating a strong experiential component with a dedicated internship director, as well as our service learning project in partnership with the Marriott Foundation.

Minor Requirements

A minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management is available to non-Business majors. Any major that can accommodate the requirements is welcome to declare this minor.

Students interested in this minor should consult with the advisors for the Heller College of Business regarding the rotation of classes. It typically takes three semesters to complete this sequence.

Sample Courses

  • Hospitality Industry Technology
  • Wine, Liquors and Beverage Operations
  • Destination Chicago!
  • Tourism, Festivals and Special Events


Career Options
Job placement rate for RU BSHTM grads
Jobs our graduates get
Sample grad schools our graduates attend


Sherry Gendel

I found the knowledge gained in the Organizational Development class was so helpful when it came to job interviews. I was able to point back to things I learned in that class several times. I was able to use the personal strengths that were identified in the strengths profile test when answering interview questions about what I would bring to a particular position or organization, and they helped me identify the type of position and organization I want to work for. I truly feel the education I received at Roosevelt prepared me for re-entering the workforce and I feel so confident as I get started in my first official job in the meetings industry! So a huge thank you to the Roosevelt faculty!

Sherry Gendel 2016
William Host

Because of Roosevelt’s location, we are able to use the city as our ‘laboratory’ like no other school in the country. We have the largest convention center in the country (McCormick Place), the most highly visible attraction in the state (Navy Pier), some of the world’s largest hotels (Hyatt, Hilton, Sheraton), the newest and most popular urban park in the country (Millennium Park), the second largest concentration of trade and professional associations with meetings and convention departments in the country, and some of the best restaurants, most notable private clubs, and highest rated hotels in the world (Hilton, Ritz Carlton, The Peninsula and The Four Seasons). If there is an area of hospitality, tourism, convention, exposition or events management that students are interested in pursuing, we have it in Chicago, and Roosevelt University is in the middle of it. We put you in contact with the leaders of the industry.

William Host
Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Roosevelt University

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