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

The international food festival, organized by students in the Tourism and Hospitality program, proved to be a huge success, attracting large crowds who sampled cuisine from around the world, watched live cooking demonstrations, and participated in a series of multicultural activities.
The USM Program in Tourism & Hospitality, just entering its second year, was recently ranked one of "The 20 Best Tourism Degree Programs" by the independent website The Best Schools. The website provides information on hundreds of colleges and universities and thousands of degree programs, and provides listings of top programs in dozens of subject areas.
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The July 29th episode of Blunt Youth Radio, a weekly program on USM's WMPG radio station, featured a discussion of tourism in Maine. Invited speakers included Kreg Ettenger, Associate Professor of Anthropology in USM's Muskie School of Public Service and Chair of the USM Program in Tourism & Hospitality.

Tuition Break for CT & RI Students

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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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