The Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Management offers a diverse approach to meeting the educational needs of the lodging industry professional. Students are immersed in a rigorous academic environment that not only encourages both critical thinking at the management theory level, as well as applying such theory to formulate solutions to complex management problems. This diverse approach allows students to develop skill sets in human resources, property management, legal issues, marketing, accounting, revenue management, and strategic management, among others.
As part of this application-based approach to learning, the Marriott Springhill Suites Hotel provides a 'real-world' environment in which students delve into experiential learning modules. Here, students are given a unique opportunity to directly observe a major hotel's daily operation in several key departments.
Students are also given the opportunity to apply their accumulated learned knowledge in a senior-level capstone course that allows them to manage a lodging property in a real-time simulated environment. This educational approach ensures that our graduates enter the workforce with the specialized, well-rounded educational experience desired by the industry.
To be awarded a degree a student must complete the following:
- All departmental requirements as outlined below
- Minimum of 34 credit hours of General Studies course requirements to include 3 credit hours of the Global Diversity General Studies requirement
- 0-3 credit hours to satisfy the Multicultural Graduation requirement (may be taken in General Studies)
- 60 credit hours of Major requirements
- 23-26 hours of Electives or Minor plus Electives to equal 120 hours
- Declare the Hotel Management Major.
- Present verification of 600 clock hours of on-the-job experience in the HTL major prior to graduation. These hours may be secured through paid job experience, verified volunteer experience, cooperative education, internships or a combination of the four.
- Present a valid Adult CPR and First-aid Certification prior to graduation.
- Maintain a grade point average of 2.5.
A grade of "C" or better is required for required courses in this major to count toward the bachelor's degree. Students should note that programs throughout the university may have different minimum passing grade requirements.