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Hospitality and Tourism Management Co-op Information for Employers

Adding Value to Your Team

The School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management, Bachelor of Commerce degree program, was established in 1969 in order to provide a business program that would meet the needs of the hospitality industry.

The Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) major allows students to combine general business and management courses with the specialized needs of the hospitality industry through courses in lodging management, tourism, food and beverage control, food science, and law along with the flexibility of additional elective courses for students with specific interests.

Guelph continues to offer Canada’s pre-eminent program in hospitality management.

University of Guelph Advantage

Students have the option to specialize their elective courses in another academic area such as languages, arts and sciences to provide them with an option to specialize in practical and theoretical skills throughout their degree. Students in this major may elect to complete courses within their degree that would grant them ECE certification.

In recent years, international economic agencies have placed increased importance on the long-term gains made by the investment in young people. The Child, Youth & Family program prepares graduates for a variety of career areas in community and professional services.

Our co-op process responds to your needs. Employers can post, hire and interview throughout the semester and our students are available for 4 or 8 month work terms. The Experience Guelph hiring tool makes hiring Guelph co-op students easy! 

Student Strengths

 Critical Thinking

Ability to plan and evaluate educational programs. Ability to conduct reliable and valid research to advance this field of study

 Deep Understanding

A comprehensive background in child development, parent-child relations, family relationships, research methodology, and excellent skills in working with children.


Communication skills to deal clearly and professionally with sensitive social and political issues.

Hospitality and Tourism Co-op Work Term Schedule








Hospitality and Tourism Course Sequencing

Based on the 2023/24 undergraduate calendar. Please see the current undergraduate calendar for more information.


  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Food Service Management
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introductory Marketing


  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Lodging Operations
  • Business Mathematics
  • 0.50 credits in Area of Emphasis or electives
  • Introductory Financial Accounting


  • Business Communications1
  • Business and Consumer Law
  • Management Accounting1
  • Responsible Tourism Policy & Planning
  • Introduction to Co-operative Education
  • Individuals and Groups in Organizations1


  • Information Management
  • Control Systems in the Hospitality Industry1
  • 2 Electives or Areas of Emphasis1
  • One of:
    • Economic Statistics
    • Statistics for Business Decisions


Work Term One


Work Term Two


Work Term Three




  • Introduction to Finance2
  • Corporate Social Responsibility2
  • Financial Management2
  • Human Resources Management2
  • 0.50 credits in Area of Emphasis or electives2


  • Service Operations Analysis2
  • Marketing Strategy for Hospitality Managers2
  • 1.50 credits in Area of Emphasis or electives




  • Hospitality and Tourism Industry Consultation3
  • Hospitality Revenue Management3
  • 1.50 credits in Area of Emphasis or electives3


  • Experiential Learning and Leadership in the Service Industry3
  • Strategic Management3
  • 1.50 credits in Area of Emphasis or electives3

NOTE: Courses that have been marked are as follows:

  • 1. May be taken in academic semester 3 or 4
  • 2. May be taken in academic semester 5 or 6
  • 3. May be taken in academic semester 7 or 8

Students come from the following areas of emphasis:

  • Hotel and Lodging
  • Restaurant and Food Service
  • Tourism