Hospitality Leadership

Bradley’s newest major in Hospitality Leadership started in the fall semester of 2011. The new program prepares students for diverse careers in the hospitality industry including lodging facilities such as hotels, resorts and casinos, as well as restaurants, foodservice operations, and tourism organizations.

The Hospitality Leadership major at Bradley prepares students for successful careers through coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.  A 640 hour internship experience and a minor in management, marketing, or professional sales is included in the program.  Majors may participate in either the Bradley Global Scholars program or enroll in at least one study abroad session. 

The job prospect for Hospitality Leadership graduates is promising.  Estimates show that the foodservice industry employs 7.7 to 13 million people (BLS, 2009; National Restaurant Association) and the lodging industry employs another 1.9 – 2.0 million people (BLS, 2009; American Hotel & Lodging Association). 

Hospitality leaders are those who are people-oriented, business-oriented and creative.  Our program can help students develop those strengths to be a leader in the industry.  We offer classes that focus on people skills and guest service, as well as event planning.  There are many hands-on learning opportunities and work experiences that assist students in applying learning on-the-job.  The hospitality student club, Fresh Slice, and classes tour local facilities, plan events and network with industry professionals. 

At Bradley, we will develop people’s talents and prepare them for leadership with real-world experiences that include:

  • Study Abroad
  • Plan real-world events
  • Access to industry internships
  • Network with hospitality industry professionals
  • Choose a minor in management, marketing or professional sales
  • Gain real-world experience in an on-campus foodservice operation