Students selecting a hospitality management career generally thrive in an environment of helping others, personal accountability and nontraditional work hours. The industry is ideal for individuals who are interested in customer service. Ability to work with diverse personalities, solve conflicts and provide innovative leadership are key to a graduate’s success. This growing industry demands flexible hours from employees.

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The Hospitality Management curriculum offers a variety of courses designed to develop the skills and abilities required for a management career in the hospitality industry. The curriculum prepares students for a career in restaurant, commercial, and institutional food-service operations; hotel and lodging operations and management; and/or convention, meetings and event marketing and management.

Students must complete a 500-hour work practicum or internship in a hospitality organization. Students may also select a concentration in:

  • Restaurant/food and beverage management
  • Hotel/lodging management
  • Meetings/event planning

Students may complete requirements for the Manage First Professional (MFP) certification available from the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association and/or the Certified Hospitality Supervisor (CHS) certification or the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) available from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

The hospitality management major is offered through the traditional on-campus setting (all concentrations) or via distance education with no concentration.

Campus Education Hospitality Management Curriculum

Students must file a plan of study for their concentration with the department office within the first semester of the sophomore year.  The plan of study must be approved by the student’s academic adviser. Students choosing a concentration in restaurant/food and beverage, hotel/lodging, or meetings/event must take the required classes mandated by their chosen concentration. 

Distance Education Hospitality Management Program

Students completing the Hospitality Management program via distance education must complete the Hospitality Management Core Courses and the additional courses to meet the 120 hours requirement. The student's academic adviser will assist in selecting appropriate online courses to fulfill academic requirements. Students may fulfill degree requirements for the Hospitality Management major entirely online.

 

Hospitality ManagementMore Information

Hours
Required Courses
RHM 175Intro Hotel Restaurant Hosp Mg3
RHM 241Mgt Of Food/Beverage Operation3
NHM 250 or Principles of Food Preparation3
NHM 253 Food Science
RHM 251Hospitality Employee Suprv/Mgt3
RHM 274Basic Accounting in the Hospitality Industry3
RHM 303Mgn Quality In Hosp Industry3
RHM 321Tourism & Hospitality Industry3
RHM 421Hospitality Law3
RHM 469Internship Hospitality Managem1
RHM 470Hospitality Industry Computer Systems3
RHM 474Mangr Acct Hospitality Industr3
RHM 496RHM Senior Capstone Seminar1
CSM 204Intro Personl Finan Plan3
Hospitality Management concentration courses15-19
Hospitality Management (RHM) or other electives13-17
Total Hours63-71

Distance Hospitality Management Program

Hours
RHM 175Intro Hotel Restaurant Hosp Mg3
RHM 185Intro Meetings Events Ind3
RHM 241Mgt Of Food/Beverage Operation3
NHM 250Principles of Food Preparation3
RHM 251Hospitality Employee Suprv/Mgt3
RHM 274Basic Accounting in the Hospitality Industry3
RHM 285Food Safety And Risk Management3
RHM 303Mgn Quality In Hosp Industry3
RHM 321Tourism & Hospitality Industry3
RHM 332 or Front Office Management3
RHM 325 Lodging Operations & Managemnt
RHM 355Hospitality Industry Training3
NHM 374Quant Food Prod & Servc3
RHM 420Hospitality Marketing3
RHM 421Hospitality Law3
RHM 469Internship Hospitality Managem1
RHM 470Hospitality Industry Computer Systems3
RHM 474Mangr Acct Hospitality Industr3
RHM 479Convention Management & Servic3
RHM 496RHM Senior Capstone Seminar1
CSM 204Intro Personl Finan Plan3
Total Hours56

Concentrations

Restaurant/Food and Beverage Concentration

Hours
RHM 285Food Safety And Risk Management3
RHM 375 or Managing Catering Operations3
RHM 385 Event Lead. Prog, Prob Solving
RHM 377Restaurant Management & Servic3
Select one of the following:3
Hospitality Marketing
Event Marketing
Marketing
RHM 465Food And Beverage Controls3
RHM 478Mgt Service Food Bev Operation3
Total Hours18

Hotel/Lodging Concentration 

Hours
RHM 325 or Lodging Operations & Managemnt3
RHM 332 Front Office Management
RHM 375 or Managing Catering Operations3
RHM 385 Event Lead. Prog, Prob Solving
RHM 420Hospitality Marketing (or RHM 370 or MKT 300)3
RHM 450Issues Hotel & Lodg. Mgmt.3
RHM 479Convention Management & Servic3
Total Hours15

Meetings/Event Concentration

Hours
RHM 185Intro Meetings Events Ind3
RHM 370Event Marketing3
RHM 380Convention Trade Show Manageme3
RHM 385Event Lead. Prog, Prob Solving4
RHM 479Convention Management & Servic3
RHM 480Adv Meeting & Convention Mgt3
Total Hours19

Graduates are employed in restaurants, commercial and institutional food service, hotel and lodging properties, convention bureaus, convention centers, sporting event facilities management, catering businesses, cruise lines and country clubs. Graduates generally enter the field as management trainees, assistant managers or supervisors. The potential for advancement is excellent for dedicated individuals.

Types of Jobs Accepted

event/conference coordinator, front desk supervisor, assistant general manager, food and beverage supervisor, catering consultant, operations manager, restaurant owner, guest services Agent, Manager in Training, Restaurant Manager, Marketing Director, Special Events Coordinator.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

The hospitality industry offers many opportunities for growth and advancement based on individual performance and achievement. It is not unusual for students to be promoted into higher level positions within two to three years after graduation.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center

Sample Curriculum for the Hospitality Management Majors

Freshman Year

Hours
Social and behavioral sciences (SB)3
EN 101
EN 102 or
English Composition
and English Composition
3-6
EN 103 Advanced English Composition
Taking EN 103 would require an additional course to meet 120 hours.
HES 100Freshman Compass Human Env Sci3
RHM 175Intro Hotel Restaurant Hosp Mg3
Humanities (HU)6
Fine arts (FA)3
Mathematics (MA)3
EC 110Principles of Microeconomics3
Total Hours27-30

Sophomore Year

Hours
Foreign language (FL) or Computer (C)6-8
Natural science (N)8
CSM 204Intro Personl Finan Plan3
RHM 241Mgt Of Food/Beverage Operation3
NHM 250 or Principles of Food Preparation3
NHM 253 Food Science
RHM 251Hospitality Employee Suprv/Mgt3
RHM 274Basic Accounting in the Hospitality Industry3
Total Hours29-31

Junior Year

Hours
Literature (L)3
Social and behavioral sciences (SB)3
RHM 303Mgn Quality In Hosp Industry3
RHM 321Tourism & Hospitality Industry3
Courses in chosen Hospitality Management concentration9-12
Hospitality Management (RHM) or other electives7
Total Hours28-31

Senior Year

Hours
HES 310Issues Human Envir Sciences3
RHM 421Hospitality Law3
RHM 469Internship Hospitality Managem1
RHM 470Hospitality Industry Computer Systems3
RHM 474Mangr Acct Hospitality Industr3
RHM 496RHM Senior Capstone Seminar1
Courses in chosen Hospitality Management concentration3-6
Hospitality Management (RHM) or other electives6
History (H)3
Social and behavioral sciences (SB)3
Total Hours29-32