Whether you’re interested in lodging, food and beverage, event planning, casino management or any of the many other areas of the hospitality industry, Davis & Elkins College will prepare you for a successful career in this exciting industry. D&E provides you with two degree options – a Bachelor of Arts and an Associate of Arts. Both programs provide you with management principles, an understanding of the business and practical experience, but the bachelor’s degree program is more in depth.
Energetic and engaging faculty will teach you the time management skills and work ethic needed for this demanding, but rewarding, field. With encouragement and one-on-one interaction with your professors, you’ll be inspired to think outside of the box to deliver an unforgettable experience.
Travel and tourism is one of the fastest growing industries around the globe, providing millions of job opportunities in amazing locations. Through internships, independent study and even on campus employment, you’ll be ready to take on the world.
Whether you choose to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, you will be required to complete an internship. In addition to providing you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge you gained in the classroom, you’ll get hands-on experience that will help prepare you for success in the industry by making a meaningful contribution to your internship organization. You may complete your internship at the organization of your choosing during any semester or the summer. Students have completed internships at The Greenbrier, Hershey Park, Disney World and many other destinations.
Want to study an area in more depth? Throughout your coursework, you’ll have the opportunity to select a topic that’s not part of the regular curriculum for independent study. Ready to get to work now? Student work-study positions are available on campus to gain experience in event planning, catering services, lodging and restaurant operations through D&E’s Hospitality Services and unique Graceland Inn and Restaurant. Even if you don’t have a campus job, there are opportunities to gain experience through student organizations such as the Hospitality Club and Campus Activities Board.
Davis & Elkins College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas. Click here to read the current Student Learning Outcome results.
The business and business-related programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE: Bachelor of Science (accounting, economics, finance, management, management with a concentration in entrepreneurship, marketing), Bachelor of Arts (hospitality management), Associate of Science (accounting, business administration), Associate of Arts (hospitality management) and a minor (railway heritage tourism).
In order to more accurately reflect changes made in the Davis & Elkins College curriculum that would capture meaningful student learning outcome data, the Division of Business & Entrepreneurship asked to defer our self-study for one academic year. This was denied; the division is therefore on probation until the Board of Commissioners reviews the self-study documents (sent for November 2016 review) and upon completion of a site visit in 2017 and a final review. The programs and all courses are fully accredited during this time period.