Courses include Food Sanitation, Lodging Operations, Dining Room Management, and Destination Management.
Possible careers include hotel management, resort and club operations, food and beverage management, and conference planning. This option includes a Business Administration minor.
“The courses and staff at Eastern really prepared me for the hospitality industry. The coursework was easy to understand and relatable to the field. I'm currently a Sales Manager at Aloft Hotels and I'm certain that my education from Eastern is the driving factor pushing me through this field.”Michael Lynch (2016)
“Changing to Hospitality my second year at EIU was one of the best decisions I could have made. I have always had a passion for customer service and I love networking with hospitality professionals. I am lucky to do so with my job as a wedding transportation coordinator. My courses, professors, and internship through this program gave me the knowledge and experience that I continue to carry with me today.”Bailey Regalado (2017)
“From the invaluable courses to the entire faculty that strives for your success, this program played a major role beyond graduation. The hospitality program earned me internships with Entertainment Cruises in Chicago and the Disney College Program in Walt Disney World. This journey has lead me to making magic around the world with the Disney College and International Programs team.”Akihito Kneeld "AK" (2011)
“The small class sizes and high caliber of teaching gave me all of the skills I needed to successfully enter the Hospitality Industry right out of college. The education I obtained from the Hospitality program at EIU has made it possible for me to flourish in various roles within the industry. I am currently the Corporate General Manager of a multi-million dollar restaurant group that includes Tiny Lounge in Lincoln Square, Tiny Tavern on Navy Pier and Tiny Tapp/ Tiny Cafe on the Chicago Riverwalk.”Phil Rizzo (2016)
"The classes, opportunities, and faculty shaped me into the person I am today and prepared me for my career. EIU helped me get an internship with Ralph Lauren in NY, a life changing experience. I now work for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as an Event Marketing Representative.”Mollie Kelley (2014)