Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management
Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management (HTEM) at George Mason University is built on scholarship and research excellence, and delivers one of the most dynamic, cutting-edge professional preparation curriculum in the country.
World-class faculty and dedicated students from diverse backgrounds engage in learning, service, and research activities to build a firm foundation leading to successful careers in a variety of settings.
Studying tourism and events management in Northern Virginia and the capital region affords ideal opportunities for unique fieldwork experiences, career networking, and outstanding guest instruction. HTEM students can pursue studies in one of three concentrations:
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of a Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management concentration, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical thinking, writing and verbal communication skills that illustrate a comprehensive understanding of theoretical issues pertaining to the historical, cultural, social, business and philosophical bases of tourism, events and hospitality management at local, regional, national and international levels.
- Perform and manage duties effectively that meet the needs of employers in tourism, events and hospitality agencies as illustrated through the successful completion of on-site field experiences.
- Demonstrate research skills through the design of an investigation, including problem identification, literature review, hypothesis creation, questionnaire development, data collection procedures, basic statistical analysis, interpretation of findings, report writing and application of findings to theory and practice.
- Identify the principles of sustainable tourism, events and hospitality management and demonstrate knowledge of sustainable practices in applied business settings.
- Design, plan, market and implement tourism, events and hospitality programs that are needs-based, promote quality of life and instill a heightened sense of community within diverse demographic groups, including those with specialized needs.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of legal and applied problem-solving issues as related to accident causation and prevention, risk management, negligence, human resources and labor relations at tourism, events and hospitality sites.
- Perform and manage entry-level finance and budgeting skills with recognition of the performance metrics and socioeconomic conditions that are unique to tourism, events and hospitality management agencies, clients and programs.
- Demonstrate advanced communication and technology skills that are indicative of global understanding, leadership trajectory, ethical awareness, professionalism and civility.