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Belmont University launching new hospitality and tourism management major

Posted at 4:37 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 20:16:20-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Belmont University is launching a new program to help keep up with the Nashville's growth. Starting this fall, students can declare a new Hospitality and Tourism Management major through the Jack C. Massey College of Business.

The new program will combine business, liberal arts and public relations courses.

"If you look at number of cranes and buildings, a lot is affiliated with the hospitality industry so what we need is well trained professionals who can go into that industry and not just because they know the industry but know the town," said Dr. Thomas Burns, provost at Belmont University.

Dr. Burns said the need for hospitality and tourism professionals is at an all time high. Tourism is the second largest industry in Nashville - with one in ten jobs affiliated with that industry. This course won't just benefit Belmont students, it'll also benefit the community.

"We want them to do work here and understand Nashville so they can grow it from Nashville perspective not just academic perspective," said Dr. Burns.

For the required 30 credit hours, students can choose a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) route. You can click here to learn more.