About this Bachelor's Degree

This degree is designed to prepare students for careers in the hospitality industry with a focus on service in various countries and cultures. This degree plan focuses on the service side of the hospitality industry while the Tourism BSBA degree plans focus on the business side of the industry. 

Graduates with the hospitality degree are employed in entry-level management positions in one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world. Students develop skills applied specifically to the various tourism operating environments and applicable across all service based industries. 

Few careers offer the great diversity and lifestyle options of tourism management majors. Graduates are successfully employed in entry-level management positions that have strong career paths at highly competitive salaries.

With the assistance of professors, students find engaging and challenging international employment directly in the primary hospitality sectors such as:

  • Casinos
  • Hotels
  • Resorts
  • Restaurants
  • Attractions
  • Convention industry resorts
  • Countless industry suppliers, such as:
  • Guest-Tek a high-speed Internet, HDTV and voice service provider to hotels
  • food, wine and spirits distributors
  • online travel companies

Southern Miss was the first university in the state of Mississippi officially designated by the state Institutes of Higher Learning to offer this major, and even today is one of very few with the program. The department was founded in the mid-1960s and over the years has built a strong reputation as the place to come for a hospitality degree.

As long as there are leisure and business travelers, there will be a vibrant hospitality industry. Even during recessionary periods, there are travelers and therefore jobs for those who have a passion for people and service, which are at the core of this industry.

Student Learning Outcomes / Program Objectives

  • Students will define important tourism industry terminologies, acronyms, and concepts, and be able to use and apply them in appropriate industry contexts.
  • Students will demonstrate values, attitudes, and behaviors that reflect cultural sensitivity, professional ethics, and social responsibility required in the service industry environment.
  • Students completing the degree will possess the ability to organize and present precise and clear verbal instructions, deliver verbal reports and demonstrate effective oral communication skills traditionally required of managers in tourism organizations and within traditional business and service environments.
  • Students completing the program will possess the ability to produce well-constructed written professional communications such as reports and documents (including electronic) traditionally found in tourism organizations at managerial levels.
  • Students completing the program will demonstrate the requisite level of information and communication technology skills such as the use of office productivity tools, data analytic tools, and the internet. They will also develop administrative skills such as time management and multi-tasking.
  • Students completing the program will demonstrate the ability to generate something fundamentally new out of their creative thinking process or put the existing elements together in a new system, format, or structure to improve upon what already exists.