Wilkes University


Hospitality Leadership Major Introduced In Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University

Wilkes University’s Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is introducing a new major in hospitality leadership for students interested in careers in hotels, restaurants, tourism and gaming management.

The hospitality leadership major will help students to prepare for managerial positions in a variety of industries, such as lodging, food and beverage, tourism, gaming, cruises, airlines, clubs, and conventions and meetings, give them the skills to invest in franchises, and even prepare them to become owners of their own hospitality businesses. In the process of completing the major, students will discover their strengths and passions.

“Hospitality leadership majors at Wilkes will develop hospitality skills and a solid business background, preparing students for a variety of positions in an industry experiencing rapid growth worldwide, and right here in Pennsylvania,” said Abel Adekola, dean of the Sidhu School. “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates with a bachelor’s degree are expected to have the best job opportunities for management-level positions.”

In order to meet market demand, hospitality leaders need to develop knowledge and skills related to marketing, management, finance, accounting, and operations. The Sidhu undergraduate business program focuses on self-development through three interconnected components: development of leadership skills, foundational business courses, and preparation for entry into specific careers and jobs. The new hospitality leadership program within the Sidhu School will provide core business education and help students to develop the skills required for successful hospitality leadership and ethical business practices.

Courses cover current and emerging theories and practices in hospitality. They cover the management of hotels, restaurants and resorts; human resources, event marketing and operations; and social and legal responsibilities. Students can choose electives such as event management, gaming and casino management, and special topics in international tourism as well as courses in marketing, management and leadership.

The major requires students to pursue internships within the service industry. Students will intern at hotels, casinos, resorts or restaurants .

The major also includes a personal and professional development program required for all Wilkes business students. It allows students to link their academic content with career planning, extracurricular activities and leadership development. Students build a professional network, face social and business challenges, and practice leadership.

Students also participate in integrated management experience and business foundation courses required of all Sidhu students . These courses cover running a business, from the concept to the launch and operation of a business. Students gain basic and necessary tools for management professionals. Courses also include accounting, economics and math.

For more information, please visit www.wilkes.edu