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Major Spotlight: Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management


Everything you need to know about Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) at the University of South Carolina

The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management has received some impressive rankings by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education:

  • Undergraduate program is ranked No. 9 nationally
  • Master’s program is ranked No. 2 nationally
  • Ph.D. program is tied for No. 7 nationally

With the industries of international hospitality and tourism booming, you can earn a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management or Tourism Managementat the University of South Carolina.

Fast Facts

  • Ranked Top 10 worldwide for academic leadership by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research
  • 1 of only 2 Club Management Specializations worldwide endorsed by the Club Management Association of America (CMAA)
  • 20 different faculty members representing 7 different countries
  • Student internships and job placement with Marriott International, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Darden Restaurants and many more

But what makes Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management unique at USC?

  1. World-Class Faculty: With 20 world-renowned faculty members representing 7 different countries, students are learning from professors who aren’t just academic experts, but also industry veterans who are eager to share their research and experience in the field.
  2. Real World Experience: Students in this major typically earn 51 hours of credit in classes relating directly to their major, which includes the invaluable hands-on experience of completing two required internships. Before students even graduate, they’ve gained tactical, practical and industry-specific experience in their field.
  3. Endless Research Opportunities: The school operates four research institutes/centers:
    1. Sloan Foundation Travel and Tourism Industry Center: The most comprehensive and inclusive travel and tourism industry research and outreach center in the United States.
    2. International Institute for Foodservice Research and Education: Dedicated to the advancement of foodservice and hospitality education through research, curriculum development and executive training and consultation.
    3. International Tourism Research Institute: Focuses on tourism-related issues, providing credible data while promoting the industry as a globally viable economic development strategy.
    4. Richardson Family SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development: As South Carolina’s number one industry, tourism has a profound impact on South Carolina’s economy. The center’s goal is to encourage research that is to be directly applicable to tourism in South Carolina.


Are you an international student interested in studying Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at the University of South Carolina? Learn more about applying through our International Accelerator Program by clicking below!

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