University of Nebraska Hospitality Program

Program Overview

The Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) program offers undergraduate degrees to prepare students for managerial or entrepreneurial hospitality industry careers. Students can select one of five areas of emphasis.

Program Definition

The Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management is jointly offered by the College of Education & Human Sciences and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The degree prepares individuals to serve as general managers and directors of hospitality operations by providing an excellent foundation in hospitality, leadership, and business. The program integrates hospitality marketing strategies, communications, and financial management into a curriculum focused on managing facilities and operations that provide hospitality services to the public. Students select from five emphasis areas:

— Lodging
— Event Planning
— Club Management
— Food and Beverage
— Human Resources
— Tourism

Benefits for Employer

  • Access to excellence
  • Career oriented employees
  • Employees with appropriate certifications
  • Engaged employees
  • Act as an ambassador for your business, the Hospitality program and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Workforce Development

Expectations of Employers

  • Provide paid or volunteer position that enhances skill and managerial development
  • Provide ongoing feedback
  • Documentation of hours worked
  • Opportunities for students to engage in professional development

Benefits for Student

  • Affirmation of career choice
  • Professional Skill Development
  • Opportunity to work in premier organizations
  • Networking

Expectations of Student

  • Earn appropriate certifications
  • Responsible member of the service or operations team
  • Act as an ambassador for the Hospitality program and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Complete three internships

Fieldwork Experience (First Internship)

Part time employment in position within the hospitality industry. Students will complete a minimum of 150 hours in a position that builds basic skills in operations.
Examples include:

  • Event Set Up
  • Banquet Set Up
  • Housekeeping
  • Reservations
  • Food Preparation
  • Human Resources assistant
  • Front Desk
  • Office Assistant
  • Waitstaff
  • Tour Guide
  • Host/Hostess

Supervisory Experience (Second Internship)
Part time employment in a supervisor position within the hospitality industry. Students will complete minimum of 150 hours in a position that builds supervisory skills in guest service.
Examples include:

  • Front Desk Lead
  • Waitstaff Supervisor/Lead
  • Event Supervisor/Lead
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Banquet Captain

Capstone Internship (Final Internship)
Entry level managerial employment within the hospitality industry leading to a successful career in Hospitality, Restaurant or Tourism Management. Functioning as entry level managers, students develop as professionals by applying classroom theory in completion of an organization’s defined internship requirements or employment. Recommended as the final academic/industry experience, students complete a minimum 10 week, 400 hour full time experience. 

This experience will allow the student to apply knowledge gained in the classroom and build competencies in their emphasis area:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Lodging
  • Convention, Event & Meeting Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Tourism

With a degree in Hospitality, Restaurant, & Tourism Management, career possibilities in the Hospitality industry are:

  • Event Coordinator
  • Food and Beverage director
  • Regional Manager
  • Catering Company Owner
  • Food & Equipment Distributor
  • General Manager
  • Guest Services Manager
  • Concierge
  • Wedding Planner
  • Meeting Planner
  • Convention Bureau Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Tourism Director
  • Food Critic
  • Cookbook Author
  • T.V./Radio Personality
  • Marketing Director
  • Human Resource Director

For more information on the program or internships contact:

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln does not discriminate based on gender, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national or ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

Shannon M. Rowen, M.A., SHRM-SCP, CHE

HRTM Director of Academic Programs

Associate Professor of Practice
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
202G Ruth Leverton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0806
Email: SRowen2@unl.edu
Telephone: (402) 472-3097