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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Hospitality Leadership Major, B.S.

Rita and Navin Dimond Department of Hotel Management  

School of Hospitality  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

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!

Student Outcomes

  • 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. 

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. 
  • A minor is not required for this program.  
  • Students must present verification of 600 hours of on-the-job experience. These hours may be secured through paid job experience, cooperative education, internships or a combination of the three 
  • Students must present Adult CPR certification

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. 

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement  for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ 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. 

Course Selection: 3 credits

Students need to pick one course:

No Concentration Option: 15 credits

  • Students would take 5 courses (15 credits) in the School of Hospitality curriculum (BVG, EVT, HLDR, HTE, HTL, RECR, RST, RTM, TTM, UA).

Food and Beverage Concentration: 21 credits

Recreation and Tourism Management Concentration: 18 credits

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
ESSJ Requirement 0-3 credits
Exploratory Courses 18 credits
Major Core Courses 24 credits
Select One Requirement 3 credits
No Concentration Option 15 credits
Food and Beverage Concentration Option 21 credits
Recreation and Tourism Management Concentration Option 18 credits
Unrestricted Electives 15-30 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Total for the Hospitality Leadership Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ 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.