What You’ll Learn in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program

Tourism is one of the most dynamic and fastest-paced industries in the United States. In order to thrive in that environment, you’ll need a strong foundation in business paired with specialized coursework that covers the unique needs of the industry.

The associate degree program in Hospitality and Tourism Management at UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County leverages the strengths of two institutional powerhouses within the UW System: UW-Platteville’s School of Business and UW-Stout’s School of Hospitality Leadership. 

Your coursework will focus on hospitality organizational management, food service operations, financial management, economics, accounting, business ethics, and global business practices. You will learn skills employers seek in managers, such as how to lead and motivate teams, analyze lodging operations, forecast supply and demand, plan facilities design and layout, and evaluate business decisions.

In addition to completing the requirements of general education, through courses in college writing, oral communication, and mathematics, you will also gain professional experience by completing an internship in the hospitality and tourism industry.

To learn more about the program, review the fact sheet.

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Convenient, Flexible Education

The Hospitality and Tourism Management program is offered in a hybrid format, with classes on the Baraboo Sauk County campus, and through online coursework, giving you the flexibility to pursue your degree on your schedule. This convenient program makes it easy for you to stay close to home and enjoy the personalized attention of a small campus. You can also complete your associate degree entirely online.

Discover by Doing

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice in this unique program. You can do internships, go on site visits and field trips, attend tourism conferences, and conduct undergraduate research.

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Why Earn an Associate Degree?

Earning an associate degree can put you on the path to your dream career. An associate degree offers you several benefits, including: 

  • Higher earning potential
  • Faster entrance into the workforce
  • Increased job security
  • Broader job opportunities
  • More potential for career advancement
  • Seamless transition to a four-year degree

At UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County, you will learn inside and outside of the classroom. You can access career preparation services and career counseling, and you can do an internship or co-op with a local employer to gain work experience in your chosen career field. Additionally, you will have access to student support services designed to help you succeed, such as academic advising, health and mental health services, mentoring, tutoring, and related resources.

Launch Your Career in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry

Earn a degree that will help you land the job you want or advance to a management position. The associate degree program can prepare you for working with companies and organizations that include resorts and theme parks, hotels and lodges, restaurants, chambers of commerce, tour companies, travel agencies, and more. You will also learn the foundational skills needed to start your own business.

Potential career opportunities can include: 

  • Event coordinator 
  • Guest services manager 
  • Sales manager and sales support 
  • Office manager 
  • Supervisor
  • Small business owner
  • Marketing and communications coordinator
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Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree

If you decide to continue your education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree, our partnership with UW-Stout guarantees admission into the concluding two years of its nationally recognized hotel, restaurant and tourism management program, offered either on campus or online.

You will also be prepared to continue your education by seamlessly transferring to our UW-Platteville main campus. Additionally, you can choose to further your education by transferring to another college or university in the University of Wisconsin system or elsewhere.