Hospitality & Entertainment Management

You want to be a hospitality and entertainment management pro, so learn from accomplished professionals in the perfect location: Nashville. Music City’s interwoven hospitality and entertainment industry is dynamic and growing. Your opportunities are vast — launch a career in a major hospitality and entertainment company like Disney or Gaylord, dreaming up the next exciting experience for their loyal customers. Or prepare to lead as a cruise line’s guest relations manager, event manager, or publicist.  

Nashville’s tourism and hospitality industry generates close to $6 billion annually in Middle Tennessee with more than seven years of record-breaking growth. As the second largest industry in Nashville, it employs 103,400 people and attracts 14.8 million visitors a year. The business itself counts for 1 in 10 jobs in the world. 
Let our experts train you to join the creative class of hospitality and entertainment managers at home or abroad. Imagine managing artists like Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett or Kelsea Ballerini or leading the launch of the coolest new restaurant on Broadway. 

With experiential, paid learning opportunities as you go through your rotations on campus, you’ll have the confidence and competence you need to grow in what interests you most and succeed in your chosen career. Our program will prepare you to create, collaborate and lead with a servant heart and an entrepreneurial spirit. 

Classes will include event planning, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, entertainment business, career creativity, principles in data science, hospitality and tourism and more.

Our rigorous interdisciplinary academic programs, innovative work environments and cross-cultural engagement opportunities develop creative and collaborative servant leaders for the growing Nashville hospitality and entertainment industry and beyond.

Our students will apply and/or demonstrate:

  • Analytical and quantitative skills to analyze and formulate business decisions in the Hospitality, Tourism and Entertainment Industry
  • Servant leadership principles to manage in a diverse and creative global business environment
  • Unique knowledge related to operating a Hospitality, Tourism and Entertainment business
  • The ability to define, identify, and evaluate ethical versus unethical business practices
  • Creative and entrepreneurial solutions to challenges in the Hospitality, Tourism and Entertainment industries through collaboration with students from various cultural and vocational backgrounds.

Program Highlights

It’s a major that comes with a paid part-time job.

All of our students take part in a three-year rotation. Freshman and sophomore students will go through 4 rotations, one per semester. Juniors will choose an emphasis from the areas above and will move into entry-level management and planning roles. Our on campus professional hospitality areas include:
Event management - Lipscomb University has over 500 events per year with over 200,000 visitors on campus.  Event management helps internal departments and external guests plan and execute all details of their events.
Entertainment Technical Services - ETS provides lighting, sound, video, stage support for any event.  In this fast-paced environment you could work on concerts, movie screenings, conferences, speaker events and major award ceremonies like the Dove awards.
Sodexo food service - Sodexo is a full food service company that provides meal service for over 3000 students a day and catering for over 250 special events per year.
Bison Inn - Bison Inn is a full service hotel that serves our campus community 365 days a year where you can conveniently learn all the aspects of the industry.

Quick Facts

Degree: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Credit Hours: 126 hours
Format: Main Campus

Contact Us

Mike Fernandez
Associate Professor of Theatre

800.333.4358, x. 5186

Scott Baker
Director of Marketing and Recruiting
800.333.4358, x. 5229