About the Program in Tourism and Hospitality

The Tourism and Hospitality program at the University of Southern Maine is designed to develop a creative, innovative workforce that will sustain and grow Maine’s leading industry. 

The program currently offers a Bachelor of Arts in tourism and hospitality, featuring a broad array of courses, specialized concentrations in key skills areas and popular subjects, and faculty whose expertise touches on many aspects of tourism and hospitality. 

Both experienced students and those new to the field benefit from in-depth study in all aspects of the industry, from tourism planning and development to running a successful hospitality business, preparing graduates for a variety of career paths.

We welcome students who have an interest in tourism and travel, those currently employed in the hospitality industry, or those who are considering working in this growing field.

News & Events

On May 30, 17 students from the Tourism and Hospitality program traveled from Boston to Bermuda on Holland America’s ship M.S. Veendam for a week-long cruise as part of a class. The students also set up social media feeds where the public could follow them on their adventures - on Twitter and Instagram at @usmtourism, and on Facebook by “liking” USM Tourism and Hospitality’s Facebook page. They posted with the hashtag #USMB2B2015.
Sara Ghezzi photo
The Program in Tourism and Hospitality is pleased to welcome Sara Ghezzi as our new Lecturer in Hospitality Management. This is excellent news for our program and will provide much-needed faculty expertise in areas such as food and beverage management, conference and event planning, hospitality law, and culinary and wine tourism. Sara comes to us from Auburn University, where she received a BS, MS and PhD in Hotel and Restaurant Management—and was also an all-SEC varsity softball player. She is currently Assistant Sommelier at La Mar and Azul, two award-winning restaurants at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Miami. Her position begins September 1.
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan speaking to USM's Tourism and Community Development class
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan spent time in the University of Southern Maine's Tourism and Community Development class on Tuesday, March 10 answering students' questions about tourism in Portland.

Tuition Break for RI Students


Rhode Island students enrolled in the BA in Tourism & Hospitality at USM qualify for reduced tuition rates under the New England Board of Higher Education's Regional Student Program.

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