Lead the way in the business of hospitality
Being in a tourism hub gives students a competitive edge in the industry
Our program prepares students for successful careers throughout the global marketplace in resorts, private clubs, restaurants, events, catering, association management, sports management, wine and spirits retailing and distribution, human resources and many more specialized areas of hospitality business operations. With a tourism-oriented climate and economy, Southwest Florida provides the perfect backdrop to gain perspective and experience in the real world as an undergraduate.
Our curriculum focuses on the skills needed to manage the operations of multimillion-dollar resort and private club properties, while internship and field experiences provide an important bridge between the classroom setting and a career in the industry. Take advantage of our strong relationships with over 300 of the area's finest resorts, hotels, private clubs, events, spas, food and beverage businesses and other industry-related contacts.
One degree, many paths
Our Resort & Hospitality Management (BS) degree program offers specialized concentrations:
The School of Resort & Hospitality Management was the first hospitality program in the State University System of Florida accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). Housed in Sugden Hall, the school boasts unique learning environments including a fully operational food production and restaurant lab, a wine and food tasting lab, ballroom event management lab, an audio/visual/internet technology, and a functioning prototype spa with a hydrotherapy room managed by our students.
Student organization that offers a source of education, networking, and professional development to students interested in the club industry.
The first non-profit national organization for caterers, event planners and event professionals that provides education, certification and a network of resources for members in all segments of the hospitality industry.
The largest student-run hospitality organization in the nation and has become the premier professional organization for the development of minority talent and leadership in the world.
View all the student and professional organizations at the Lutgert College of Business.
"The RHM program truly has a remarkable staff that will mentor their students to be the best they can be. I have so much respect and gratitude for this remarkable program and where it has helped me get today."
'10, Resort & Hospitality Mgmt.
"FGCU takes the cake when it comes to the future of young professionals seeking a career in the hospitality industry."
'12, Resort & Hospitality Mgmt.
"The staff is dedicated to finding work opportunities for students, both during college years and after graduation. They use their resources and large professional network to connect us with the best opportunities available."
'15, Resort & Hospitality Mgmt.
Resort and Hospitality Management is not just a major, but rather a family connected on a global scale. If it weren't for the support and love of those that have embarked on the journey into a hospitality career, my successes would be more of a dream than an actual reality."
'13, Resort & Hospitality Mgmt.