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

Dr. H. Bruce Rinker photo.
Dr. H. Bruce Rinker, adjunct faculty member in the Program in Tourism & Hospitality and a member of the program's external advisory board, has been hired as the new Executive Director of the Valley Conservation Council (VCC) headquartered in Staunton, Virginia. Dr. Rinker will remain affiliated with his current employer, the Biodiversity Research Institute in Gorham, Maine, as an adjunct scientist to assist with its Mexico programs, which he helped to establish.
Screen shot of Maine Sunday Telegram's Source section.
The Sunday, June 6th edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram features a section on sustainable tourism, with a guest commentary by Tourism & Hospitality program chair Dr. Kreg Ettenger. Ettenger answers the question "What is sustainable tourism?" by suggesting that while travel itself might be inherently unsustainable, its ability to insprire love of places can also be "restorative and transformative, leading to more sustainable and livable communities and to diverse and healthy landscapes."
Night photo of wedding at the Newagen Seaside Inn, Southport. Copyright 2014 Real Maine Weddings.
TAH junior Konstantina Rigas helped plan a wedding last summer at the Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport that is featured in the current issue of Real Maine Weddings, a magazine and website featuring Maine weddings planned by Maine professionals. She is also one of four USM TAH majors who received scholarships from the Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation at their annual Tees & Textbooks event June 9-10 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

Tuition Break for CT & RI Students


Connecticut and 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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