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BS in Global Hospitality and Tourism

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Gastronomic
Tourism

Culinary concentration or certificate available.

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Sustainable
Hospitality

Sustainable hospitality concentration or certificate available.

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Translate Your Love of Travel and Adventure into a Rewarding Career

EKU’s 100% online global hospitality and tourism program provides you with a deep understanding of all aspects of the vibrant travel industry. Whether you want to work abroad or are passionate about showcasing the exceptional experiences in your own region, the program will prepare you for a rewarding career. Culturally competent and technically advanced graduates will be ready for key roles in a variety of careers and will have the adaptability and foresight needed to keep the industry moving forward.

Prepare for career opportunities including:

  • Conference Event/Services Manager
  • Culinary Food Tour Director
  • Cruise Director
  • Attractions Supervisor
  • Casino Manager
  • Food Service Manager

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Benefits
Concentrations
Sample Courses

Benefits of EKU Online

Prepare to take on a variety of rewarding roles in the ever-evolving hospitality and tourism industry. 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 text book for undergraduate students
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • No application fee
  • Unique concentration option in gastronomic tourism
  • Concentration option in sustainable tourism with specialized sustainable hospitality courses
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members
  • Dedicated advisors who provide personalized graduation plans
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Concentrations

Choose between two specialty concentrations, giving you a competitive edge in the job market. Options include:

  • Gastronomic Tourism
    A vital component of the tourism experience, gastronomic 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 for 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.

Sample Courses

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

GHT 201 – Hospitality & Tourism Essentials (3)
An overview of the hospitality and tourism industry with emphasis on historical development, industry regulations, management and leadership functions, current trends, and future challenges.

GHT 425 – Hospitality & Tourism Analysis (3)
Introduction to the methods and techniques of utilizing research to make decisions in the hospitality and tourism industry.  Emphasis on ethical, professional writing.

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.

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About Our University

Eastern Kentucky University is consistently recognized as being one of the best online colleges in the nation.

Eastern Kentucky University is a nationally recognized public university located in Richmond, Kentucky. Established in 1874, EKU strives to make quality education available to everyone. A brick-and-mortar accredited institution, EKU began offering online degrees in 2006 and continues to service all students with our on-campus offerings.

The University offers more than 50 online programs in various areas of study, designed for adult learners who want to earn a college degree or certificate while working full-time or juggling other life priorities. Online programs are available through the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, College of Business, College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, College of Education & Applied Human Sciences, College of Health Sciences, and College of Justice, Safety & Military Science.