About Our Program

The Hospitality Management department offers students a bachelor of science degree. A minimum of 120 semester hours are required to complete the degree. The degree is designed to prepare students for careers in the hotel, restaurant, and tourism industries. Students may choose courses that enable them to focus on a particular segment of the hospitality industry. Students may also complete a business minor as part of their program of study.

The curriculum focuses on preparing students for managerial positions in the hospitality industry. Careers include management and entrepreneurial positions in time-share organizations, private clubs, lodging and food service operations, and the private and public tourism sectors.

PURPOSE STATEMENT

The purpose of the Hospitality Management program is to provide and continually improve a curriculum responsive to the dynamics of the regional hospitality industry. This will be achieved through teaching, applied research and service.

The department will

  • Provide a high quality educational experience for students through excellence in teaching.
  • Conduct applied research to advance knowledge in the discipline.
  • Provide outreach and service to the state and local hospitality and tourism industries

Graduates will be prepared to serve in leadership and management positions in a wide range of capacities including settings in lodging, food service, time-share operations, golf courses, resort operations, retail conference and convention arenas, private clubs, and continuing care/retirement facilities, among others.

PROGRAM GOALS

Program objectives include the following:

  • Provide students with knowledge of hospitality management principles and practices applicable to current and future marketplaces that contribute to individual and industry success.
  • Prepare students to contribute to their organizations and the larger society and to grow personally and professionally throughout their careers.
  • Meet demands of regional students who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree in hospitality management.
  • Attract diverse, career-oriented students by making available a curriculum that corresponds to regional hospitality industry needs.
  • Contribute to economic development in the region and the state by delivering educational opportunities that establish and/or improve the workforce for existing, expanding, relocating, and new hospitality oriented businesses.
  • Students will appreciate and understand diversity and will promote understanding and tolerance of others in the workplace.

Practical Skills & Knowledge

Students who graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Management should be able to…

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the theories, concepts and applications relating to management of hospitality operations.
  • Demonstrate effective oral communication skills and research skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the unique problems and issues associated with management of Lodging, Food Service, Resort and Private Club Operations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the economic and social relationship between the tourism and hospitality industries.
  • Demonstrate competencies required of a professional in the hospitality industry.
  • Promote understanding and tolerance in a diverse work environment.