Wilkes University

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Leadership

Hospitality Leadership student prepares for her career at Wilkes University.

Open doors with the hospitality leadership program at Wilkes University.

If you have an interest in business and customer service, combined with interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills, a B.S. in hospitality leadership may be the key to your future success.

Hospitality leadership at Wilkes offers you a distinct advantage. Our program combines the skills required by the hospitality industry with a core business education to meet the market demand for management-level hospitality professionals.

With a mix of business and hospitality expertise, your degree in hospitality leadership will prepare you for a career in a wide variety of settings, including hotels, casinos, restaurants, convention centers, sports venues, airlines, cruise ships and more.

Hospitality and tourism is a worldwide industry, supporting 292 million jobs. The World Travel and Tourism Council expects the industry to grow to over 380 million jobs by 2027.

With a bachelor of science degree in hospitality leadership from Wilkes, you’ll open doors to a variety of career options, including:

  • Hotel and Lodging Management
  • Casino Management
  • Regional Restaurant Management
  • Meeting, Event, Convention and Travel Planning
  • Food and Beverage Management

The Hospitality Leadership program fully supports the undergraduate learning objectives of the School:

  • Apply theoretical concepts, analytical skills, and technology in hospitality-related problem solving and decision making.
  • Communicate effectively through the use of acquired leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.
  • Analyze management practices in the hospitality industry, including the application of
    marketing, human resources, finance, management, and other business principles.
  • Apply leadership principles and strategic management to manage in a diverse and global hospitality business environment.
  • Examine and demonstrate ethical and diversity issues related to hospitality management.

The Sidhu School of Business and Leadership Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality leadership requires you to complete 125 credits and includes these courses:

  • HL-325. Advanced Hospitality Marketing
  • HL-341. Hospitality Finance
  • HL-353. Human Resource Management in the Service Industry
  • HL-355. Event Management
  • HL-356. Hospitality Law & Leadership Ethics
  • HL-381. Hotel Operations Management
  • HL-382. Food and Beverage Management
  • HL-386. Gaming and Casino Management

To help demonstrate your managerial skill to prospective employers, you’ll pursue industry-recognized certification:

  • Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) certification is designed to help food and beverage professionals prevent intoxication, underage drinking and drunk driving.
  • Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) recognizes the knowledge of metrics, formulas and methods used by the hotel industry.

You’ll complete two internships as part of the curriculum, giving you advanced, hands-on experience before you enter the job market.

Recent students have interned with:

  • Legends
  • LSEO
  • Music Box Dinner Playhouse 
  • Tim Hortons at the PPL Center Arena
  • Cooperative Education & Internships Office, Wilkes University
  • Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel & Conference Center
  • Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono
  • Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
  • Montage Mountain
  • Westmoreland 

The Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is housed in the beautiful 80,000-square-foot University Center on Main. The $3 million state-of-the-art facility includes a financial market trading room with an electronic stock ticker, seven smart classrooms, faculty offices, meeting rooms for students, and student club spaces that allow for collaboration on projects. To top it
off, there’s even a Starbucks in the lobby.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a U.S. organization offering accreditation services to business programs focused on teaching and learning. The Bachelor of Science program in Hospitality Leadership of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is a new degree program and has not yet successfully produced graduates. Since new programs must be in effect for at least two years and have graduates before accreditation will be granted by ACBSP, a formal review will take place during the next Self-Study.