Oct 27, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 

Hospitality Management Major (BS)

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Hospitality Management Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Please see the UNLV College of Hotel Administration web page at http://www.unlv.edu/hotel/ for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.

Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Hotel Administration Advising Center at http://www.unlv.edu/hotel/advising.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.S. program in Hospitality Management, students should be able to:

  1.  Identify career goals and effective strategies for achieving them
    •  Develop effective interview techniques
    •  Articulate your personal elevator speech about your career
  2. Communicate effectively in written, spoken, visual and digital modes
    •  To different audiences, e.g. industry leaders, employers, faculty and fellow students
    •  Human resources
  3. Manage all forms of capital (e.g., human, financial) in an ethical and sustainable way
  4. Evaluate changing legal issues based on existing legal principles
  5. Resolve problems (simple to complex) considering ethical and legal ramifications and risk.
  6. Determine the impact of business transactions on financial statements
  7. Use historical financial information to prepare operating budgets
  8. Develop effective marketing strategies to meet changing customer needs and expectations
  9. Design sustainable marketing mix activities to maximize marketing goals
  10. Value continuous leadership development
  11. Develop a passion for HR.

University Graduation Requirements

Hospitality Management Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

The Hospitality Management Major offers a broad educational approach to a career in the hospitality industry. Its varied course of study prepares students with both the management theories and operational competencies necessary to enter any segment of the industry upon graduation. In addition to the university’s general education requirements, students take classes specific to the industry including an introduction to hospitality, human resources management, organizational behavior, facilities management, hospitality law and a course in leadership, management and ethics. Students also study food sanitation, food service operations, cost control, career development, financial and managerial accounting, financial management, hospitality service management, and operations and strategic management.

The inclusion of 22 credits of elective courses allows the student to customize their educational experience based on their personal interests through the selection of the elective topics of their choice. Although it is not required, students may elect to declare a concentration to provide an opportunity to focus their elective credits toward a specific area of study.

Rounding out this curriculum is an internship, two senior-level capstone classes that will have students using all of their learned managerial and leadership skills, and actual work experience in the hospitality industry. This approach offers prospective employers a well-rounded graduate who understands day-to-day operations, has the ability to do strategic planning, and can adapt to a multitude of positions. With this expansive knowledge base, students will be ready to look at numerous career opportunities upon graduation.

Pre-major core must be completed prior to enrolling in upper division degree requirements. See Pre-Major Designation section in the catalog or contact the College of Hotel Administration Advising Center.

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 37-38 Credits

First Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second Year Seminar - Credits: 3

  • Any approved Second Year Seminar (  or   fulfills this requirement)

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement: Credits: 19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students

Major Degree Requirements - BS in Hospitality Management - Subtotal: 61 Credits

Hospitality Management Electives - Credits: 15

of which 9 must be upper division (300/400 level)

Electives - Credits: 6-7

Total Credits: 120


  1. All students must complete 1,000 hours of work experience in the hospitality industry. It is highly recommended that a portion of these hours be dedicated to the student’s concentration (if applicable), to facilitate entry into that segment of the industry after graduation.

Areas of Concentration

Students who wish to specialize in a particular segment of the hospitality industry can declare a concentration to focus their studies in that field. Concentration courses replace the Hotel College electives in the Hospitality Management Major and must be completed with a grade of C or better. An internship and work experience specific to the area of concentration, is strongly advised to enhance the student’s career opportunities. Four concentrations are available for interested students.

Gaming Management Concentration 

The gaming management concentration is targeted not only to those who will work in actual casino operations but also to students who are thinking about careers in casino accounting, as professional staff in gaming regulations and control, and as suppliers who will serve the casino industry.

Gaming Management Concentration Core - Credits: 15

Meetings and Events Concentration

The meetings and events management concentration encompasses meetings, conventions, tradeshows, and special events. It is a specialized curriculum that includes everything from site selection and marketing to budgets and logistics. The meetings and events industry is an exciting, fast-paced field that allows and encourages creativity and innovation.

Meetings and Events Concentration Core - Credits: 15

Restaurant Management Concentration

The restaurant management concentration is a course of study ideal for those students interested in all aspects of restaurant and foodservice management. The focus will be on food production, service, marketing, supervision, and financial management. With over 15 million jobs available in the restaurant industry, this concentration will prepare you for a career in the fastest growing area of hospitality.

Restaurant Management Concentration - Credits: 15

Professional Golf Management Concentration

The PGA golf management concentration provides students with the academic knowledge and experience necessary for a career in the golf industry. The PGA concentration consists of 23 credits within the hospitality management major. Sixteen months of internship at approved golf facilities and successful completion of the PGA’s player’s ability test and qualifying level, level 1, 2, and 3 examinations are required. Completing the hospitality management major with the PGA golf management concentration qualifies students with U.S. citizenship membership into the PGA upon receiving a background check and eligible employment in the golf industry. Concentration fees include extensive golf course playing and practice privileges and access to the PGA knowledge center. Admission to this concentration requires admission to the university plus a golf handicap of 12 or less verified by the United States Golf Association, Professional Golfers’ Association of America, PGA golf professional, high school golf coach, or successful completion of the PGA playing-ability test. 

Professional Golf Management Concentration - Credits: 23


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