Global Hospitality and Tourism

Bachelor of Science in Global Hospitality and Tourism


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Translate Your Love of Travel and Adventure into a Rewarding Career

Whether you want to work abroad or are passionate about showcasing the exceptional experiences in your own city or state, EKU’s 100% online global hospitality and tourism program provides you with a deep understanding of all aspects of the vibrant travel industry. From gastronomic (culinary) tourism to sustainable hospitality, the program prepares culturally competent and technically advanced graduates for key roles in a variety of careers with the adaptability and foresight needed to keep the industry moving forward.

Career Outlook

The Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry Association (, reported that the US travel and tourism industry generated over $1.6 trillion in economic output in 2017, supporting 7.8 million jobs in the US.

Common Job Titles for Hospitality Graduates

According to the Department of Labor and Statistics, the need for hospitality and tourism is increasing steadily.

> Learn More About Career Opportunities

Job Titles Include:

  • Conference event/services manager
  • Culinary food tour director
  • Food service manager
  • Lodging manager
  • Attractions supervisor
  • Cruise director


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Benefits of EKU Online

Prepare to take on a variety of rewarding roles in the ever-evolving hospitality and tourism industry with a bachelor of science in global hospitality and tourism. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as hospitality and tourism essentials; sociocultural impacts of hospitality; hospitality and tourism analysis; and management of recreation services.

Program benefits include:

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • 6 start dates per year
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Unique concentration option in gastronomic tourism
  • Concentration option in sustainable tourism with specialized sustainable hospitality courses
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members and their spouses
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Dedicated advisors who provide personalized graduation plans
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Choose between two specialty concentrations for your bachelor of science in global hospitality and tourism. Tailor your degree and give yourself a competitive edge in the job market. Options include:

  • Gastronomic Tourism
    A vital component of the tourism experience, gastronomic (culinary) tourism explores food and beverage as the motivating factors for travel. The program offers a unique curriculum that provides a strong background in culinary and beverage management and prepares graduates to secure employment at the local, state or national levels or abroad.
  • Sustainable Hospitality
    Managing the environmental, social and economic health of destinations is critical to the long-term success of the hospitality and  tourism industry. Gain essential skills for creating sustainable solutions for destinations and communities while balancing environmental, economic and socio-cultural effects.
Minors & Certificates

Select from a wide range of minors, allowing you to explore interests or make use of prior credits. Suggested minors for a bachelor of science in global hospitality and tourism include:

  • Business
  • Communication Studies
  • Disaster Management

You can also choose from numerous undergraduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance your major as you work toward your degree. Suggested certificates for global hospitality and tourism include:

View the full list of certificates available for completion as you earn your degree


One of the largest industries in the world, hospitality and tourism is continually growing and evolving. EKU’s curriculum prepares students to pursue a variety of rewarding career possibilities across this diverse industry. Global hospitality and tourism courses include hospitality and tourism essentials; sociocultural impacts of hospitality; hospitality and tourism analysis; and management of recreation services.

Degree Requirements

A total of 120 credits are required to graduate, including 42 upper-division credits.

View the global hospitality and tourism program degree requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 90 hours of credit from accredited institutions. Please note that a minimum of 30 credit hours in this degree program must be completed at Eastern Kentucky University.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to EKU for appropriate articulation. Learn more about transferring to EKU.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions, see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

GTO 320 – Bourbon, Beer & Spirits (3)
The history, culture, and production of bourbon, beer, and spirits. Study of brewing and distilling tourism, with an emphasis on community impact, marketing, and sustainable practices. Prerequisite: Age requirement ≥ 21.

GTO 325 – Culture & Consumption of Wine (3)
An exploration of interactions between wine, culture, and tourism. Topics include interpreting a wine label and identifying wine-growing regions around the world, understanding wine and health issues, and basic wine tasting. Prerequisite: Age requirement ≥ 21.

GHT 450 – Global Hospitality Law (3)
Legal aspects of the global hospitality and tourism industry, with emphasis on compliance and management of liabilities.  An understanding of law and its implications, perspectives on managerial risk, and international government regulations.

REC 401 – Management of Recreation Services (3)
Budgeting and Marketing focus Management concepts and processes, organizational structure, policies, personnel, budget, and fiscal management, marketing and public relations.


Lauren Seaman

Lauren Seaman

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Lauren Seaman for information about the EKU Online Global Hospitality and Tourism program.

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Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

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Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

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