Hospitality Management

York College's location in the heart of Pennsylvania's tourist area sets our innovative Hospitality Management major apart.

Students complete 800 hours in a continuous internship program over their first three years, learning by doing at local and regional tourist locations where they develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. They also take part in planning and executing events at the College, using state-of-the-art facilities to prepare for a career in an industry that is one of the nation's leading employers.

If you're a people person, and you'd like a fast-paced industry, then this is the right place for you. Download a transcript of this video.
Hospitality Management Internship
Internships are a valuable part of the experience here. You'll graduate having already performed many of the duties that employers need.

Your Future In Hospitality

The hospitality industry is one of the largest and most important sectors of the American economy, not to mention one of the fastest-growing. Its sheer size and diversity provide an abundance of career options in lodging, food and beverage distribution, catering, the gaming industry, cruise lines, airlines, food service, theme parks, the entertainment industry, the restaurant business and many more.
A look at the front door of the historic Lafayette Club, now part of York College and a future hub for the Center for Community Engagement as well as a place for hospitality students to practice their trade.

Lafayette Club brought into YCP fold Downtown training grounds

As part of an effort to get York College more involved in the downtown York scene, the College recently acquired the historic Lafayette Club. Along with the new home for the Center for Community Engagement, it will be a hub for the Hospitality Management program. Students will get to study in a commercial food production management lab!

An interview with department chair John Hughes Why choose Hospitality?

  • Why is York College a good location for this major?

    Hughes: While the program is located within an innovative college, York is situated in the heart of Pennsylvania’s #1 tourist area, in the Mid-Atlantic Region close to Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia and New York. The hospitality and tourism sector is a major component of the regional economy. As a result, employment opportunities exist within the region for hospitality graduates and interns.

    Signaling the significance of the region, the following mega hospitality companies make the region home for their world headquarters: Marriott International, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Choice Hotels International, ARAMARK and Wyndham Worldwide.

    In my judgment, York College is a perfect location for an innovative hospitality program

  • How will a major in Hospitality Management prepare students for work in this field?

    We will prepare students for work in this field by providing classroom learning experiences focused on communications, math, liberal arts, sciences and in the business disciplines necessary for effective practice in the hospitality business sector. Classroom learning will be connected to a continuous internship component, which will bridge classroom learning and foster professional development.

    Moreover, our curriculum design will be evaluated annually by our students, faculty, and board of industry advisors to assure relevance and quality standards. We can’t help students learn about the importance of continuous improvement and innovation if we don’t practice what we teach.

  • What types of careers are available to students who major in Hospitality Management?

    The hospitality industry is one of the nation’s leading employers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by this decade, the hospitality and tourism industry in the United States will employ approximately 15.1 million people, and that 2.5 million people will be employed in managerial, marketing and other professional positions within the industry. These numbers are staggering.

    Management and supervisory positions abound in lodging, restaurants, catering operations, casinos, food and beverage distribution, golf and private clubs, institutional food services, events, cruise lines, airlines, transportation, entertainment venues, convention and tourism agencies and theme park operations.

  • Historically, how important has it been for students to include international experience as part of their Hospitality Major?

    The hospitality and tourism industry is of service to customers from around the world. Moreover, North America hospitality and tourism companies seek to expand their brands and operations in locations worldwide.

    In this vein, York’s Hospitality students will develop their global understanding in the classroom and via their internship work experiences. Additionally, we're considering hospitality and tourism focused study-abroad learning opportunities to maximize this vital student learning outcome. See our current study abroad opportunities here.

  • What qualities do you feel students need to possess to be successful in this field?

    Common characteristics of great leaders and managers in the hospitality business include a spirit to serve, global understanding, business knowledge and people skills. So, it only makes sense that we at York College work with our students to develop strong competencies in each of these dimensions in the classroom and in monitored internship experiences.

  • How do you respond when someone says that if a person wants to work in hospitality management, they don’t need a degree; all they need to do is work various jobs?

    I rarely hear this, but when I do, I usually smile, as this conclusion suggests a lack of understanding. Hospitality is a business as complex as any, if not more so. The service sector of the United States economy represents approximately 80 percent of the nation’s Gross National Product (GNP), and the hospitality and tourism business sector is a major component of the services sector.

    Graduates of this major will assume challenging management positions. The benefit of higher education and experience will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to manage and lead in this dynamic and highly competitive field.

    — John Hughes, Department Chair

Scholarships, Guest Lecturers, and More

  • Scholarships


    Below is a list of potential scholarship sources for Hospitality Management students.  Please click on them to see how you can apply. 

    National Restaurant Association

    International Food Service Executives Association

    NEWH - The Hospitality Industry Network

    American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation

  • Guest Lectures

    Distinguished Guest Lecturer Program

    The distinguished guest lecturer program helps our students develop their knowledge and professional network in the field of practice. The following business leaders have shared their time and wisdom with our students:

    • Chip Conley - Founder - Joie de Vivre Hotels
    • Anthony Melchiorri - Hotel Impossible - The Travel Channel
    • Debbie Ulrich - President Sysco Food Services - Central Pennsylvania
    • Wayne Carney - Vice President of Financial Services - Hersha Hospitality Management
    • Michael Lannon - Regional Director of Operations - Chartwells - The Compass Group
    • Thomas Czaus - Chief Operating Officer - The Country Club of York
    • Rick Cunningham - General Manager - The Yorktowne Hotel
    • Anne Druck - President - York County Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • Christine Smith - Membership Director - York County Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • Paul Duffy - Owner and CEO - Jimmy Duffy Catering of Philadelphia
    • Ken Painter - Director of Food and Beverage - Heritage Hotels
    • Michael Fruin - President - High Hotels, Ltd.
    • Stephanie Reese - Senior Vice President - High Hotels, Ltd.
    • Carloyne Jordan - Director of Revenue Management - High Hotels, Ltd.
    • Douglas Campbell - Founder and CEO - The Accomac Inn and Accomac Events
    • Jeff Hines - President - York Water Company
    • David Hogg - Founder and CEO - Springwood Hospitality
    • Justin Shelton - President - Springwood Hospitality
    • Melissa Beaverson - Director of Marketing - Heritage Hospitality
    • Brandy Meyer - Director of Sales - Heritage Hospitality
    • Brian Danhey - Chief Operating Officer - The Country Club of York
    • Dave Calnon - Director of Partnerships - Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism
    • Rob Fulton - President and CEO - Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism
    • Brian O'Day - General Manager - The Hotel Hershey 
    • Joshua Nowak - Director of Sales and Marketing - Marriott Lancaster at Penn Square
    • Janet Rozzi - Director of Sales - Staybridge Suites Harrisburg-Hershey
    • Lin Johnson - Vice President of Operations - Chartwells
    • Louise Heine - Destination Marketing Director - York County Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • Franklin King - Corporate Marketing - Amtrak
    • Scott Miller - Deputy Director of Public Relations and Marketing - Harrisburg International Airport
    • Tammy Graham - District Manager - Greyhound Bus Lines
    • Tammy Wolf-Baker - Corporate Secretary and Head of Tours and Charters - Wolf Bus Lines
    • Roxanne Steele - Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
    • Scott Dahl - Director of Revenue Management - Hersha Hospitality Trust
    • John Longstreet - Executive Director - Pennsylvania Hotel and Restaurant Association
    • Philippus Miller III - Managing Director - Philippus Miller III & Associates LLC Hospitality Executive Search
  • National Experts Visit

    National experts visit YCP

    Chip Conley Visit to YCP

    Chip Conley was the first speaker in our now long-standing Chloe Eichelberger Business Education Series. He also met privately with YCP Hospitality Management Majors. Chip Conley is the founder of Joie de Vivre, California's largest independent hotel company and America's second largest boutique hotelier. 

    Anthony Melchiorri Visits YCP

    The Travel Channel's Hotel Impossible host, Anthony Melchiorri, was invited to speak with Hospitality Management students. 

WVYC Perspectives with Dr. John Hughes

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Our Stories

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Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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Contact Us
John G. Hughes, Ed.D., C.H.E., Program Director
Diehl Hall, Room 104
Phone: 717.815.1393
Fax: 717.1624.849
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Jennifer L. Godfrey
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