"I think with anything you do in life it is important to have a strong foundation. The education I have received from UL Lafayette has given me that, and I feel confident that, because of this, I will find success in my career.”
You should major in hospitality management if:
- You love entertaining friends and family and get a thrill from hosting special events.
- You dream of running your own restaurant, planning and managing events, or working at places like Disney or luxury resorts.
- You love to travel and to help people, and you want a career that lets you do both.
Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and our hospitality management program prepares you to work in event marketing and management, food service, guest services, hotel and lodging, or resort operations.
Work in hospitality management during your classes and gain real-life experiences. Plus, you’ll get the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications, which will help you stand out when starting your career.
Hospitality Management at UL Lafayette
What's Hospitality Management Like?
Group work & collaboration
We are among the top 1% of business schools worldwide accredited in both business and accounting by AACSB.
Life as a Hospitality Management Major
Internships & Work Experience
Hospitality management majors operate an on-campus restaurant called Lunch Club, which includes developing menus, budgeting, managing staff, culinary arts, and guest service. In a separate lab, our students learn food safety and preparation techniques. Through our hospitality management program, all students graduate with 800 hours of industry work experience — plus another 150 hours from internships.
Tourism in Lafayette
Lafayette’s location in the heart of Cajun Country attracts thousands of visitors who spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Our culture is known for its delicious food, unique landscapes, and welcoming people. You’ll learn how to share that culture with people who are just visiting or who call Lafayette home.
Travel & Organizations
Travel around Lafayette, New Orleans, and the state to learn about managing venues, restaurants, and hotels. Through the Ragin’ Hospitality Association student organization, you can attend national and state conventions to network and get involved in the hospitality management industry.Join the Ragin' Hospitality Association
Through our hospitality management classes, you can earn national certifications, including ServSafe Food Safety and ServSafe Alcohol. Our students have a 95% pass rate on the Hotel Industry Analytics Certification, which measures professionals’ ability to analyze hotel industry data and use it to make business decisions.