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Hospitality Management at SUNY Plattsburgh

Prepare for a Career in a Leading Industry

Our program is designed to prepare you for a 21st century career in a field that will soon be the largest employer in the world. A program requirement of 600 hours of fieldwork greatly enhances your understanding of the industry.

The hospitality management program combines liberal arts with professional studies, giving you tools for making sound professional decisions. The hospitality management program at SUNY Plattsburgh combines theory with hands-on experience in food service, lodging, tourism, international hospitality, marketing leadership, management and accounting.

The program's strong business management emphasis makes it easy for you to earn a business minor while completing your hotel, restaurant, and tourism management degree requirements.


The hotel, restaurant, and tourism management program allows you to:

  • Understand fundamental theory through our core curriculum courses;
  • Gain hands-on experience through fieldwork at places such as Walt Disney, Tamaya Hyatt Resort, Sagamore, Lake Placid Lodge, Spirit Cruises, Pelican Bay;
  • Prepare for a career in all sectors of the tourism industry including food and beverage management, lodging operations, hospitality marketing, tourism, and international hospitality.

Our Courses and Career Opportunities

Specialized courses in this program help you select a particular field for a career specialization. Our students have had work experience at Walt Disney World, the Waldorf Astoria, Radisson Hotels and Spirit Cruises as well as at a myriad of other restaurants, lodging, and tourism businesses including:

  • Convention and meetings management
  • Food-service management
  • Lodging-operations management
  • Resort development and management
  • Tourism planning

We prepare students for careers in food service, lodging, resorts, convention planning, travel and tours, cruise lines, theme parks, event management, and much more.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Hospitality Management is to prepare students to be ethical, competent, and culturally aware leaders and professionals in the global hospitality industry.

Student Outcome Objectives

In accomplishing the department’s mission, graduates of the hospitality management program will possess:

  1. LTP An ability to use the language, theories, and practices of hospitality and business management.
  2. TPI A proficiency in technical, practical, and information-based skills and practices of hospitality management.
  3. COM An ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  4. SPT An ability to solve problems and to think critically.
  5. EMG And ability to analyze a situation from an ethical, moral, and global perspective.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about hospitality management at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Mark Gultek, Chair
Office: Sibley Hall 403G
Phone: (518) 564-4207
Email: [email protected]