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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Hospitality Leadership Major, B.S.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Denver, the School of Hospitality is the epicenter of exceptional education through relevant, active participation in our unique, world-class facilities.  Students majoring in Hospitality Leadership engage in cutting-edge learning opportunities to hone their leadership skills.  Hospitality - hotels - restaurants - tourism - events - brewing - outdoor recreation - we CRUSH IT!

Overarching Programmatic Outcomes for Hospitality Leadership:

Develop a range of leadership skills and abilities for the hospitality industry, including responsible decision making, personal accountability, critical and reflective thinking skills. 

Implement leadership principles and styles, group dynamics, and effective teamwork within a diverse hospitality environment. 

Formulate strategies to enhance awareness and commitment towards effective citizenship and social responsibility. 


Program Slogan: Transforming tomorrow’s hospitality leaders TODAY!

Major Core Course (Pick One 3 credit hours)

Students need to pick one course:

Electives (35 credit hours) No Concentration

  • Students would take 5 courses (15 credits) in the School of Hospitality curriculum (BVG, EVT, HLDR, HTE, HTL, RECR, RST, TTM, UA). If a student chooses a concentration (Food and Beverage, Travel and Tourism or Outdoor Recreation), these credits would be within the concentration.
  • Students would be able to take 20 credits in open electives. 
  • Students could use 20 credits in open electives toward the completion of or work within a minor. 
  • 10 credit hours required to be upper-division.  

Food and Beverage Concentration (21 credit hours)

  • Students required to take two (2) RST courses, their choice
  • Students required to take one (1) UA course, their choice Students required to take one (1) BVG course, their choice

Travel and Tourism Concentration (24 credit hours)

Outdoor Recreation Concentration (33 credit hours)

Students are required to hold a current Wilderness First Responder certificate at the completion of program* (students may opt for an EMT or WEMT)

  • Outdoor Recreation Activity course (2 credit hours)
  • Outdoor Recreation Open Electives (13 credit hours): In consultation with an academic advisor in Recreation Professions

Total Credits

Exploratory Courses: 18 credits

Major Core: 30 credits

No Concentration Option: 35 credits

Food and Beverage Concentration: 21 credits

Travel and Tourism Concentration: 24 credits

Outdoor Recreation Concentration: 33 credits

Unrestricted Electives: 4-18 credits