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Family and Consumer Sciences

College of Education and Professional Studies

Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management

HTE Major Overview

The Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Program (HTE) at Central Washington University (CWU) began in 1947, and was the first of its kind at a college or university in Washington state. Many of the CWU graduates of the program occupy positions in leadership and management throughout the Pacific Northwest. They provide a strong network of alumni support for students who will follow them into the workforce.

Students majoring in HTE receive a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management with either a specialization in Hospitality Management, Tourism Management or Event Management. The degree prepares students for careers in one of the top three industries in Washington state and one of the top industries in the world.



Hospitality Management Specialization

Hospitality Management prepares students for entry-level supervisory and managerial positions within hotels, restaurants and the service industry. In addition, entrepreneurial skills are developed for those interested in establishing their own business.
A bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management will open doors to a wide variety of career options, including hotel manager, restaurant owner, guest services manager, resort operator, sales and marketing among other entrepreneurial opportunities.  

Tourism Management Specialization

A Tourism Management degree prepares students for positions of hosting domestic and international travelers. They learn skills in management, marketing, sustainability, strategic planning and policy development. 
Tourism Management provides students with career opportunities such as managing and directing travel programs, managing DMOs, operating tourism facilities, overseeing cruise and airline operations, managing tour operations, marketing tourism services among other opportunities.  

Event Management Specialization

Event Management students learn to coordinate and manage a variety of social and business events for in-person and virtual settings. Students learn to effectively design, plan, and produce events.
Career options include festival organizer, meeting and convention planner, non-profit event coordinator, wedding and private event planner, trade show organizer, and more.

HTE Program Minors Available






HTE Major and/or Minor Application Process

For admission to Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management major or minor, there are no prerequisite courses required.  

  • Complete the Department of Hospitality, Tourism, Event and Wine Management application form:
  • Any student may apply who holds a minimum 2.3 GPA
  • Meet with an advisor (see options below)

Faculty Contact: 

Carla Jellum, PhD
Tourism & Events - Ellensburg Campus
Michaelsen 231
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Se Eun Lee, PhD
Hospitality - Des Moines Campus
(206) 592-3626
2400 S 240th Street, 29-368
Des Moines, WA 98198

Kristine Miller, M.B.A.
Hospitality - Ellensburg Campus
Michaelsen 331
Ellensburg, WA 98926







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