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Hospitality Business Management

The hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing industries and offers a wide range of job opportunities anywhere in the world.

If you have an outgoing personality, excellent people skills and the ability to think critically than this could be the right career for you.  You should also have a passion for food, lodging, traveling, recreational activities, and be willing to join a club or association, and get involved with the community.

The hospitality business management degree is a multifaceted program that focuses on various concentrations within one discipline and prepares you to work in restaurants, hotels, resorts, ski resorts, spas, fitness centers and conference centers.

The first two years of the program will allow you  to learn the fundamental requirements within the hospitality industry. Upon successful completion of 60 credits you will choose one of the rigorous, curriculum concentrations:

  • Event Planning
  • Casino Management
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Restaurant Management
  • Lodging Management

Hospitality students enjoy being “Secret Shoppers” at local hotels.

Students gain first-hand experience that will supplement class discussion.

Your Future in Hospitality Business Management

Salaries in hospitality business management vary depending on the position, ability, location and experience in the industry. Most graduates will start out in an entry level position and then grow into a higher level management position. Many students will have the opportunity to complete their internship and transition into the workforce. Most students in this industry will work days, nights, weekends, and holidays. This industry does not sleep! That is why there is such a demand.

Types of establishments that hire hospitality management students are:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Resorts
  • Ski Resorts
  • Amusement Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Movie Theaters
  • Casinos
  • Taverns, Bars, and Pubs
  • Cruise Ships
  • Conference and/or Conventions Centers
  • Sport and Recreation Arenas
  • Food and Supply Distributors
  • Coffee House
  • Corporate Dining
  • Vending Companies
  • Wineries

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Hospitality Business Management B.S. Degree
First Year
First Semester

  • College Writing I
  • First Year Seminar
  • PC Office Application
  • Math 1140 Recommended
  • Introduction To Hospitality Mgmt Wellness/Fitness
  • English – Complete Or Exempt
Second Semester

  • Speech Communications
  • College Writing II
  • Int. PC Office
  • Public Relations
  • Food Safety & Sanitation
  • Recommended HRM 1110
Second Year
First Semester

  • Required ECON 2110
  • Hospitality Lodging and Operations
  • Written Communications
  • A/H Elective – Recommended: Lead
  • Math/Science Elective
Second Semester

  • Minor/ Free Elective
  • Cost Control and Purchasing
  • Meeting and Convention Planning
  • Career Prep
  • Science Lab: Recommended BIOL 1004
Third Year
First Semester

  • Microeconomics
  • Business Ethics
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Beverage Operations
  • Minor/Free Elective
  • Curricular Elective 3000+
Second Semester

  • Internship or Workplace Environment
  • Current Trends In Hospitality
  • Minor/ Free Elective
  • Minor/Free Elective: Recommended Leadership Strategies
  • Curricular Elective 3000+
Fourth Year
First Semester

  • Required Business 3150
  • Quantity Food Production
  • Minor/Free Elective: Recommended Sales and Relationship Building
  • Minor/ Free Elective
  • Curricular or Free Elective 3000+: Recommended Organizational Behavior
Second Semester

  • Hospitality Capstone
  • Advanced Hospitality Management
  • Minor/ Free Elective
  • Minor/ Free Elective
  • Minor/ Free Elective

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

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