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College of Charleston
– Hospitality & Tourism Management – Charleston, SC
The growth and evolution of the hospitality and tourism industry in the Lowcountry of South Carolina has created new job opportunities for those with the needed competencies and managerial skills. Under the direction of an advisory committee made up of leading executives of coastal South Carolina hospitality and tourism enterprises, the School of Business and Economics began offering in 1996 the concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTMT). The program has grown from 8 students to more than 100 during these five short years. The six course concentration, also includes a professional development components and internships designed to provide HTMT students competencies in; Sales and Marketing; Human Resource Management; Hotel/ Service Operations Management and Information Technology.
Founded in 1770 and chartered in 1785, the College of Charleston is the oldest institution of higher education in the state of South Carolina and the thirteenth oldest in the United States. The founders of the College, who sought "to encourage and institute youth in the several branches of liberal education," included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and three fathers of the United States Constitution.
In 1836 the College of Charleston became the nation's first municipal college when the city of Charleston assumed responsibility for its support and mandated that the College be a "Popular Institution, intended for the great body of the people." These two early principles, a commitment to the liberal arts and a responsibility to the citizens of the region, have guided the College throughout its history.
Incorporated into South Carolina's State System in 1970, the College began to serve a much broader region. Whereas the first class conducted at the College contained about a dozen Charlestonians, the student body now numbers approximately 12,000 undergraduate students and nearly 2,000 graduate students, 75 percent of whom are South Carolinians; other students come from 46 states and 62 foreign countries. The enduring commitment to the liberal arts is seen in the course curriculum of the College which requires study in English, history, modern or classical languages, math, science, humanities, the arts and social sciences. At the same time, the College has expanded its offerings to include new and emerging fields of study.
The 225-year-old history of the College is rich in the stories of the men and women who have learned and taught here, in the beautiful buildings that have housed them, and in the changes that each generation made to meet its responsibilities to knowledge and society. Under the leadership of its nineteenth President, Alexander M. Sanders, Jr., the College looks forward to retaining its traditions while responding to the needs of a changing society.
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