The undergraduate program in Hotel Management offers an extensive educational approach to a career in the hospitality industry, which includes hotels, restaurants, resorts, entertainment complexes, casinos, and assisted living facilities. With its varied course of study, the program prepares students with both the management theories and operational competencies that are necessary to enter any segment of the industry upon graduation.
In addition to the university’s general education requirements, students enrolled in this major take classes specific to business and the hotel industry. They are also expected to accumulate significant knowledge outside of the classroom. The Professional Development Series included in the curriculum involves students in activities such as visits to major food markets, visits to hospitality operations, and internships.
The curriculum is carefully balanced between theory and practice. With many opportunities for case studies and group projects, students cultivate not just the necessary knowledge, but also the leadership skills and professionalism that will enable them to assume cutting-edge roles in the next generation of the hospitality industry.
Graduates of Hotel Management will be able to demonstrate the following:
- An understanding of and ability to apply the generally-accepted concepts associated with the hospitality industry.
- An ability to evaluate business and marketing plans for hotels or other related areas of the industry.
- An ability to identify legal requirements of the hospitality industry and know when to seek legal assistance.
- An understanding of accounting and finance systems.
- An ability to manage, market, and develop a human resources plan.
- Knowledge of the foundations of the industry and knowledge of the history and growth of all facets of the hospitality industry.
- An ability to analyze specifications, marketing plans and current trends to develop acceptable controls and staffing patterns while evaluating decisions in the current business environment.
- An ability to communicate with industry professionals, both orally and in writing.
The Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management program requires 120 semester hours for graduation. The curriculum includes 42 credit hours in general education coursework, 51 credit hours in Hotel Management core coursework, 21 credit hours in Hotel Management electives, and 6 credit hours in University core. A full-time student following the course sequencing provided will be able to complete the program in eight semesters, or four years.
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCING
Students are required to have a consultation with an advisor in planning their course of study, selecting courses each semester to meet the program and curriculum requirements, and meeting individual goals. The following suggested course sequencing is provided as recommended courses over eight semesters to meet the program requirements and complete the program within eight semesters of full time enrollment. An individual student’s course plan may differ, if in consultation with the advisor, alternate courses are selected to complete the program requirements. Those courses must be approved for the curriculum, as documented in this Catalog.