Hospitality Management Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)
The curriculum and extracurricular activities offered by the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality are carefully designed to engage and inspire students to acquire the essential attributes necessary to be prepared for a life-long career advancement. The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management offers a broad educational approach to a leadership career in the hospitality industry by transitioning students through employee levels that commence from individual contributors to managerial leaders in their 4 years of study.
The program provides a varied course of study. 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, guest experience, law, operations management, leadership, and ethics. Students also study cost control, revenue management, career development, financial accounting, and strategic management. The inclusion of 30 elective credits allow students to customize their educational experience based on personal and professional interests. 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 the curriculum are senior-level culminating experience classes where students apply managerial and leadership skills learned in the classroom and through 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 contribute to strategic planning and can adapt to a multitude of positions. With this expansive knowledge base, students will be ready to be considered for numerous career opportunities upon graduation.
Please see the UNLV College of Hospitality web page at https://www.unlv.edu/hospitality for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/bs-hospitality-management.
Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Hospitality Advising Center at https://www.unlv.edu/hospitality/advising-centers.
Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org
Upon completion of the B.S. program in Hospitality Management, students should be able to:
- Identify career goals and effective strategies for achieving them
- Develop effective interview techniques
- Articulate your personal elevator speech about your career
- Communicate effectively in written, spoken, visual and digital modes
- To different audiences, e.g. industry leaders, employers, faculty and fellow students
- Human resources
- Manage all forms of capital (e.g., human, financial) in an ethical and sustainable way
- Evaluate changing legal issues based on existing legal principles
- Resolve problems (simple to complex) considering ethical and legal ramifications and risk.
- Determine the impact of business transactions on financial statements
- Use historical financial information to prepare operating budgets
- Develop effective marketing strategies to meet changing customer needs and expectations
- Design sustainable marketing mix activities to maximize marketing goals
- Value continuous leadership development
- Develop a passion for HR.
University Graduation Requirements
Hospitality Management Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits
General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 38 Credits
First Year Seminar - Credits: 3
English Composition - Credits: 6
Second Year Seminar - Credits: 3
- Any approved Second Year Seminar ( or fulfills this requirement)
Constitutions - Credits: 4
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: 67 Credits
General Electives - Credits: 15
of which six credits must be 300/400 level
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. Must take a minimum of 30 resident units in the major. Cannot earn credit for both FAB 410 and FAB 468. They are deemed as duplicate credit. Students may choose FAB 410 or 468 as one of the major’s culminating experience courses required for 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.
Event Design and Management Concentration
The objective of the Event Design and Management Concentration is to provide general knowledge and skills needed by event professionals. Students will gain experience in using their imagination and critical thinking skills to design original event experiences. This concentration is targeted not only to those who will work in the traditional event industry, but also to those who are considering careers in the entertainment, sports, or tourism industries.
Event Design and Management Concentration- Credits: 15
Event Design and Management Concentration Notes
Event Design and Management Concentration students will complete TCA 410 - Meetings/Events Culminating Experience course as one of the Hospitality Major’s Culminating Experience requirements.
Gaming Management Concentration
The objectives of the gaming concentration is to provide general management knowledge and skills associated with the gaming industry. Students will gain experience in aspects of gaming management. The gaming concentration is targeted not only to those who will work in actual casino operations, but also to students who are thinking about careers in gaming regulations and control, accounting, or as suppliers who will serve the casino industry.
Gaming Management Concentration Notes
Gaming Concentration students will complete HMD 410-Integrated Resorts Culminating Experience course as one of the Hospitality Major’s culminating experience requirements.
Hospitality Beverage Management Concentration
The objective of the beverage focused concentration is to provide general management knowledge and skills required to be successful in the beverage industry. Students will gain experience in all aspects of managing beverage operations, both those that are stand-alone and those within other hospitality venues. This concentration is targeted not only to those who will work in beverage operations such as bars, but also to students who are thinking about careers in other related businesses such as nightclubs, wineries, breweries, beverage distributers and cafes.
Hospitality Beverage Management Concentration Notes
Hospitality Beverage Management Concentration students will complete FAB 410-Food and Beverage Culminating Experience course or FAB 468-Food and Beverage Culminating Seminar as one of the Hospitality Major’s culminating experience requirements. Cannot earn credit for both FAB 410 and FAB 468. They are deemed as duplicate credit. Students may choose FAB 410 or 468 as one of the major’s culminating experience courses required for graduation.
Human Resource Management Concentration
The objective of the Human Resource Management Concentration is to gain general knowledge and skills needed by human resources professionals. The courses are designed to promote HR as a career track in the hospitality industry.
- Communicate effectively in written, spoken, visual and digital modes to different audiences.
- Develop knowledge of and problem-solving skills related to the global and multicultural hospitality industry.
- Apply critical thinking to human resource management problems.
Human Resource Management Concentration- Subtotal: 15 Credits
Human Resource Management Concentration Notes
- Students will complete HMD 480 - Hospitality Industry Projects Culminating Experience .
- Students should contact advising and Boughner Career center if you are able to arrange an HR Internship. Then HMD 400 could be used as an elective for the concentration and your second culminating experience.
Innovative Restaurant Management Concentration
The objective of the restaurant focused concentration is to provide general management knowledge and skills associated with the foodservice industry. Students will gain experience in all aspects of managing a restaurant. This concentration is targeted not only to those who will work in restaurant operations, but also to students who are thinking about careers in other foodservice operations such institutional foodservice, in-flight catering, and food suppliers. Concentration Outcomes: Communicate effectively in written, spoken, visual and digital modes to different audiences. Develop knowledge of and problem-solving skills related to the global and multicultural restaurant industry. Apply critical thinking to the development of sustainable practices in the restaurant industry. Solve problems related to the management and operations of restaurants.
Innovative Restaurant Management Concentration -Credits: 15
Innovative Restaurant Management Concentration Notes
Innovative Restaurant Management Concentration students will complete FAB 410-Food and Beverage Culminating Experience or FAB 468-Food and Beverage Culminating Seminar course as one of the Hospitality Major’s culminating experience requirements. Cannot earn credit for both FAB 410 and FAB 468. They are deemed as duplicate credit. Students may choose FAB 410 or 468 as one of the major’s culminating experience courses required for graduation.
The PGA 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 concentration qualifies students 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.
The program will provide a challenging and comprehensive academic experience, preparing students to successfully meet all requirements to obtain PGA Membership.
- Students will develop a solid foundation in general education, hospitality management, and PGA education.
- Students will be supported through PGA concentration courses geared specifically to the learning objectives and requirements necessary to obtain PGA membership.
- Students will develop leadership skills and be involved in industry service activities through the support of the PGA Student Association.
PGA Concentration - Total Credits: 26
PGA Golf Management Concentration Notes
PGA Playing-Ability Test must be successfully completed prior to program completion.
PGA Concentration students will complete PGM 402 as one of the two required Hospitality Major’s culminating experience courses.