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Hospitality & Tourism Management, BBA/BS

Tourism is the second largest industry in Nashville. The need for quality hospitality and tourism professionals is at an all-time high.

Why Major in Hospitality & Tourism Management? 

Nashville riverfrontThe Hospitality & Tourism Management program at Belmont is a part of the Jack C. Massey College of Business and is one of the few hospitality programs in the Southern United States located inside of a College of Business. This unique attribute provides students the opportunity to receive a business focused degree and the choice of either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Our program offers experiential learning opportunities and internships with industry leading partners positioned within Nashville and the greater United States. Students build and develop the necessary skills and practice in food & lodging management, event management and tourism management. Throughout the hospitality program, students have opportunities to build hospitality and tourism knowledge, foster industry connections with leading organizations and hospitality leaders, all while building the confidence and competency needed to pursue their aspirations and dreams.

Nashville’s vibrant music scene, professional sports, museums and overall entertainment options make us an exemplary travel destination for families, young professionals, conference attendees and those who want to experience one of the “Friendliest Cities in America.”

The city's hospitality and tourism industry includes hotels, restaurants, events, festivals, clubs, cultural attractions and the supporting sub-sectors, including technology and transportation, generates close to $6 billion every year in Middle Tennessee with years of record-breaking growth. As the second largest industry in Nashville, it employs over one hundred thousand people directly and attracted 12.6 million visitors in 2021. One out of 10 jobs in the world are part of the hospitality and travel industry.

Our program prepares you to collaborate, lead with a servant mindset and foster the entrepreneurial spirit lived by our college namesake, Jack C. Massey, and the countless graduates that have created and enriched their communities. You can expect small class sizes (12:1 student-to-faculty ratio) focused on student learning and outcomes, faculty advisors with decades of industry experience and an educational experience informed by an industry centric advisory board.

What You'll Learn 

  • Contemporary issues in tourism and the impact hospitality has on society
  • Important legal aspects surrounding the hospitality industry
  • Financial and accounting principles and practices and their application in for-profit and nonprofit hospitality organizations
  • Principles of restaurant and food service cost controls with an emphasis on contemporary management theories
  • Lodging systems and operations

Program Details


Students in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program can choose a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program. While the two degree types differ in ways, students are able to enroll in the same ten courses for the major (30 total credits), one of which is an incorporated internship in hospitality and tourism.

Students pursuing the B.B.A. also take coursework in accounting, international business, entrepreneurship, management and marketing, among other areas of business, which allows them to have a foundational understanding of all facets of business.

Students pursuing the B.S. option have a built-in minor, which could be another area of business or a program outside of the business school. The B.S. option allows for more flexibility in choosing courses that supplement the Hospitality and Tourism Management major.

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Courses You'll Take

HTM 2010: Business of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Introduction to the multiple facets of the Hospitality and Tourism Management industry. The knowledge gained in this course will provide a foundation for the future study of the industry.

HTM 2020: Hospitality & Tourism in a Diverse Society

This course explores the contemporary issues in tourism and the impact hospitality has on society. Critically analyzed topics include hospitality services for a multi-cultural, diverse society, including services delivered for clients throughout their lifespan.

HTM 3100: Legal Aspects of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Introduction to important legal aspects surrounding the hospitality industry. The course examines the laws and regulatory agencies that govern the Hospitality and Tourism Management industry and the legal implications for various parties within the hospitality industry.

HTM 3210: Principles of Hospitality & Tourism Finance

This course examines the financial and accounting principles and practices and their application in for-profit and nonprofit hospitality organizations. Topics include revenue and expenses, issues impacting revenue and expenses, budgeting methods, economic impact and the application of financial concepts within hospitality organizations and programs.

HTM 3310: Marketing in Hospitality & Tourism

This course includes a wide range of subjects relevant to tourism and hospitality marketing from both the macro (global) and micro (organization) perspectives. From the macro perspective, the nature of the tourism and hospitality industry and its challenging products are discussed. From the micro perspective, diverse topics from marketing elements to supply chain management for consumer satisfaction are discussed. In discussion of the traditional marketing mix elements, the unique nature of tourism and hospitality products and the ramifications on the traditional 4Ps into 4Cs are highlighted.

HTM 3390: Restaurant & Food Service Management

A study of the principles of restaurant and food service cost controls with an emphasis on contemporary management theories and their application to the competitive restaurant and foodservice industry. Students explore new concepts in the food service and restaurant business and examine menu and service trends.

HTM 3910: Lodging Management

A study of lodging systems and operations. An overview of key departments in a lodging establishment provides a framework to analyze and discuss principles of lodging management. Students participate in practical applications exploring lodging businesses and the lodging industry.

HTM 4000: Hospitality & Tourism Management Internship

This course allows students opportunities to experience real-life Hospitality and Tourism Management situations "in the field.” Internships are cooperatively sponsored by participating partners. The course approach and content can be designed to match the needs of the sponsor with the desires of the student, as the student receives opportunities to participate in the practical application of the sports management concepts and principles studied in the classroom. Normally taken during senior year.

Accelerated MBA 4 +1

The MBA-Accelerated (A.M.B.A.) program is a full-time M.B.A. designed for individuals with little or no full-time business work experience. Individuals admitted to the A.M.B.A. program begin course work in the fall term and complete their studies in the following summer - a total program length of 12 months from start to finish. Through active learning and scholarly exploration, the A.M.B.A. degree is designed to prepare students for entry-level administrative and managerial positions in both the private and public sector.  Students will be equipped with comprehensive business skills, analytical tools, and moral clarity to effectively manage diverse teams and lead organizations in today’s rapidly changing and dynamic, global business environment.

The A.M.B.A. is a non-thesis degree consisting of 36 hours, of which 30 hours are required core courses and 6 hours are elective courses that are chosen by the student.  M.B.A. elective courses may be related to a specific area (e.g. FIN, ETP, BSA, etc.) or may be independent of each other providing students with a broader point of view.

Whether you want to launch your own startup, consult with Fortune 500 companies or explore investment banking, you'll get an early start on building your career. As an Accelerated MBA student, you’ll enjoy small class sizes and outstanding faculty who bring industry experience to every class they teach. Classes meet four evenings a week on a full-time basis, giving you flexibility during workday hours to complete internships, graduate assistantships or part-time jobs. And you can complete the program in less than a year.

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Integrated Degree, M.ACC./B.B.A.

Belmont University’s integrated M.ACC. and B.B.A. degree program is designed to meet today’s needs of those wishing to make accounting a career choice. Today’s accountants must possess much more than just technical accounting knowledge; they must also have a broad understanding of various business activities and possess strong communication, intellectual, and interpersonal skills. In recognition of those additional skills most states, including Tennessee, have passed laws or issued regulations requiring at least 150 hours of higher education to sit for the uniform CPA examination. Also the AICPA requires new members to possess 150 hours of higher education. 

Increasingly, businesses are hiring new professionals who have master’s degrees. These include public accounting firms, manufacturing companies, and service providers in healthcare, finance, and insurance, as well as governmental organizations. Belmont’s integrated accountancy degree is a program which meets employer needs and provides graduates with exceptional career opportunities.

The integrated program is only for accounting concentration students in the Undergraduate School of Business Administration at Belmont University and is designed to be completed in a five-year time period.

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The Jack C. Massey College of Business offers a variety of co-curricular leadership and learning opportunities to qualifying students in the form of student organizations and honors societies. Each organization has a faculty advisor, if not multiple. Therefore, our students are able to network and collaborate with faculty both in and out of the classroom.

Student Organizations

  • Association for Information Systems
  • American Marketing Association
  • Business Student Advisory Board
  • Collegiate DECA
  • Enactus
  • Equity Trading Club
  • International Business Society
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Student Center for the Public Trust

Honor Societies

  • Beta Alpha Psi
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • Sigma Nu Tau

A Global Perspective

As the workplace becomes more international in scope, a successful manager needs knowledge and skills that extend beyond the traditional business disciplines. Thus, Belmont’s Jack C. Massey College of Business places a strong emphasis on the global business community and requires all BBA degree-seeking students to complete an international business course. Global issues are also interwoven throughout other courses in the business curriculum.

In addition to classroom learning, all students in The Jack C. Massey College of Business are encouraged to participate in Belmont’s Study Abroad program. Business study abroad programs and exchange opportunities are available in numerous countries. Our students travel to six of the seven continents, immersing themselves in the language, culture and business of each country they visit.

Earn credit towards:

  • Major
  • Minor
  • General Education

Program length:

  • Academic Year
  • Semester
  • Summer
  • Maymester

Maymester is a 2-3 week study abroad experience during the month of May where Belmont students take advantage of tuition discounts and can sometimes earn up to nine credit hours. Maymester trips are led by Belmont faculty members, so students are able to further connect with their faculty in a meaningful way.

Immerse yourself in language, culture and business on a global scale by studying abroad. For additional information on Belmont’s study abroad programs, please visit our Center for Global Citizenship or Office of Study Abroad.

We are an innovative, student-centered learning community that prepares entrepreneurially, ethical and socially responsible future business leaders for the dynamic global economy.

We are committed to:

  • Relevant, interactive, and experiential academic programs provided by faculty with diverse and extensive academic qualifications and professional experience;
  • Advising and mentoring students for career growth and development;
  • Impactful scholarship that advances the practice, knowledge and teaching of business and management;
  • Engaging the communities we serve through value-added relationships.

Organized in 1916, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the premier agency for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

Fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business schools are able to adhere to standards that result in AACSB accreditation of their business education programs. A much smaller group, fewer than 2 percent of business schools (185) worldwide, have earned the separate, specialized accreditation for their accounting program.

Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey College of Business is the only private college or university in Tennessee that is accredited by AACSB International for our BBA and MBA programs, as well as our Accounting major and Master of Accountancy degree.

Career Possibilities

  • Lodging Manager
  • Food Service Manager
  • Event Manager
  • Catering Manager
  • Travel Agent
  • Human Resources Administrator

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