Resort Management

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type

Emphasis

Department

School of Business

Avid adventurers and veteran hospitality workers alike can find an ideal work-life balance in resort management. Often located in world-class destinations, resort management offers you the chance to pursue a career as an event coordinator, chef or hotel manager, while pursuing outdoor adventures.

Program Overview

Find your ideal work-life balance in resort management.

In Western Colorado University’s Resort Management program, you’ll gain a fundamental understanding of what a career in hospitality and service entails. The comprehensive curriculum includes courses in Food and Beverage Management, Lodging Operations, Hospitality Law and Risk Management and more. Through these intensive courses, you’ll learn how to analyze occupancy trends for a resort, track an organization’s carbon footprint, plan guest activities and close a sale. This warm and versatile style of hospitality and tourism services is fondly referred to as “Western Hospitality.” To gain marketable skills in preparation for professional careers or graduate school, we’ll help you find local, national or international business administration internships and research opportunities.

Marketable skills

In Western’s Resort Management program, students learn to be hospitality leaders, focusing on practical experience and innovation.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
BUAD 331 Food and Beverage Management 3 View
BUAD 332 Rental and Retail Management 3 View
BUAD 334 Lodging Operations 3 View
BUAD 337 Hospitality Law and Risk Management 3 View
BUAD 345 Consumer Behavior 3 View
BUAD 350 Human Resource Management 3 View
BUAD 363 Business and the Environment 3 View
BUAD 482 Hospitality Operations Management 3 View
BUAD 491 Strategic Management 3 View
BUAD 499 Internship in Business Administration 1-6 View
ROE 398 Program Planning (with laboratory) 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

Scholarships

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

News & Research

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Get Involved

Take your education beyond the classroom.

Get the hands-on learning experience you need to apply your knowledge and launch your career.

  • Career Fairs: Connect with future employers during the various career fairs in the School of Business and around Colorado.
  • ICELab: The Innovation + Creativity + Entrepreneurship (ICE) Lab on upper campus is a space that provides startups and expanding businesses with the materials and support needed to succeed.
  • Office of Career Success: Business students have a department-specific career services professional.
  • Study Abroad: Experience Harlaxton College in the English Midlands.

Real-world experience

Resort Management students are strongly encouraged to find local and national—even international—internships and research opportunities to gain marketable skills in preparation for professional careers or graduate school.

Department Information

School of Business

Dean

Peter Sherman, Ph.D.

Dean of School of Business

Program Coordinator

Veronica Wilde

Contact Information

970.943.2019

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Borick Business BUilding 213
1 Wester Way
Gunnison, CO 81231