Hospitality Management (B.A.)

Hospitality Management majors at Davis & Elkins College can expect huge growth opportunities in the job market.

Graceland Inn

The hospitality industry offers a variety of choices for the graduate. Upon graduation they can expect: careers in the following areas: hotel and lodging manager, food service manager, executive chef, meeting, convention & event planners, restaurant manager, casino management, spa management, front office managers, and more.

Career Outlook

The demand for those qualified in the Hospitality Management field is strong and shows no signs of slowing down. Employment of lodging managers is expected to grow 8 percent from 2010 to 2020. Those with a college degree in hotel or hospitality management are expected to have the best job opportunities.

Employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is expected to grow 44 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As globalization increases and businesses continue to recognize the value of professionally planned meetings, the need for meetings and events is expected to grow. Job opportunities should be best for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management.


Internships provide opportunities for Business and Entrepreneurship students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom while making meaningful contributions to the organization for which they work. 

D&E’s Division of Business and Entrepreneurship is very supportive of student internships. Students learn of internships through announcements from the College’s Office of Career Services & Student Employment, and the Division of Business and Entrepreneurship. Students also find internship opportunities on their own through family and friends, professional acquaintances, and internet sources. 

Students may participate in internships throughout any semester, though most are completed during the summer, typically 10 weeks. Interns work with the Director of Career Services & Student Employment to develop an internship proposal. In addition to the work on the job, interns write a reflective journal and complete either a research or experience paper. All divisional internships involve some research in the literature of the field in which the internship takes place.

Independent Studies

Independent studies allow students to study topics that are not part of the regular curriculum. Independent studies require students work closely with a faculty member in the area in which the independent study is to be done. 

Student Employment

Student work-study positions are available. Contact D&E’s Student Employment Director for further information.



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 full report.

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
  • Business Administration 
  • Accounting
Associate of Arts
  • Hospitality Management
Academic Minor
  • Railway Heritage Tourism

In order to more accurately reflect changes made in our curriculum that would capture meaningful student learning outcome data, our department asked to defer our self-study for one academic year. This was denied; the department is therefore on probation until the Board of Commissioners reviews our self-study documents (sent for November 2016 review) and upon completion of a site visit in 2017 and a final review. The majors and all courses are fully accredited during this time period.

What Students Say

My manager is my mentor, but my servers are my teachers. I have learned an incredible amount from the people I am supposed to be managing and I thank them a great deal. I feel as though I have learned quite a bit. I know I still have a long journey left this summer, but Hershey has given me the best opportunity I could have ever wished for.
- Sara Hill, D&E Intern, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Hershey, Pa.
I am interning with a bed and breakfast in Lookout, West Virginia, called he Ponderosa Lodge and Farm. My major is Hospitality Management, so I mainly wanted to do this to get the experience of all that it takes to run a bed and breakfast. It's good hands-on experience that allows me to see if I really want to go through with owning a similar business.
- Ruby Strathers, D&E Intern, Ponderosa Lodge and Farm, Lookout, W.Va.
While working with my supervisor, Doug Tunning, we have accomplished a lot to further me into this industry. Not only by working and getting experience, but also learning lifelong lessons from him and networking to make sure I have the right connections to be all that I can be.
- Jason Mallow, D&E Intern, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill, Elkins, W.Va.