The Hospitality Management Major offers a broad educational approach to a career in the hospitality industry and is perfect for students who wish to be generalists by studying all aspects of the industry rather than limiting themselves to any one segment. Many students enter college knowing they want to enter a particular field, such as the hospitality industry, but want to keep their career path options open. The Hospitality Management Major would be an excellent choice for those individuals.
The program provides the most varied course of study offered by the college. In addition to the university’s general education requirements, students take classes specific to the industry and include topics such as an introduction to hospitality, an introduction to the lodging industry, human resources management, organizational behavior, facilities management, hospitality law and employment law. Students also study food sanitation, food service operations, purchasing, cost control, career development, financial and managerial accounting, financial management, hospitality service management, and operations and strategic management. The inclusion of six elective courses allows for a concentration of courses to satisfy the student’s desire to learn more about a specialized field of study.
Adding to this broad-base curriculum are internships, a senior-level capstone class 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 is adaptable to a multitude of positions.
With this expansive knowledge base, students will be ready to look at numerous career opportunities upon graduation.