Dec 01, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Hotel Management Major, B.S.

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Rita and Navin Dimond Department of Hotel Management  

School of Hospitality  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

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.

Student Outcomes

  • Possess a broad range of competencies in general lodging operations, 
  • Be able to confidently enter the lodging industry ready to make an impact
  • Demonstrate sound management practices built upon a foundation of ethical standards and values.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of C or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor's degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • Maintain a grade point average of 2.5.
  • A minor is not required for this program.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits)
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**) 


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Exploratory Courses 18 credits
Major Requirements 43 credits
Major Electives 6 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 14-26 credits
Total for the Hotel Management Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

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