The Hospitality Management major offers substantive management and communication coursework combined with experiential learning that prepares students to deliver extraordinary hospitality experiences.
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Chair, Sport, Event, and Hospitality Management Department Associate Professor of Sport Management
Assistant Professor of Event Management
Assistant Professor of Event Management
Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management

What’s this major about?

The global hospitality industry generates revenue of over $500 billion a year and continues to grow every year. This is great news for any student seeking the communication skills, management theories, and operational competencies necessary to enter the hospitality industry. The Hospitality Management major offers substantive management and communication coursework combined with experiential learning that prepares students to deliver extraordinary hospitality experiences.

What’s unique about the Hospitality Management Major?

Since soft skills are essential to success in any position obtained in the hospitality management industry, this major provides a solid foundation of knowledge as it relates to communication and interpersonal dynamics. This foundational knowledge, paired with courses focused on business, legal, and technology theories and concepts, make up the core of the curriculum. Students also choose from 12 hours of elective courses. This flexibility gives students the chance to separate themselves from the competition by matching their curriculum with their unique career aspirations. The combination of core and elective courses, paired with the unique experiential learning requirement, offers students the chance to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities as they aspire to higher-level leadership and management positions within the hospitality industry. Another unique, and truly exciting, aspect of the HPU Hospitality Management program is that students are able to work on campus with the new Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center, and Jana and Ken Kahn Hotel. These facilities provide students the opportunity to apply what they are learning in classes as they assist in the hosting of executive groups, alumni, students, families, and school counselors. The Conference Center, Kahn Hotel, 1924 Prime, and many other dining locations across campus, allow students to help with the coordination and implementation of superior experiences for all guests.

Course Requirements 2021/2022
Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management
Minor in Hospitality Management
Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 58
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 20
Total 128
Minor in Hospitality Management
Minor Requirements Credits
Course Requirements 20
Total 20
Requirements for B.A. in Hospitality Management
Requirements for Minor in Hospitality Management
Requirements for B.A. in Hospitality Management
Course Course Title Credits
COM 1110 Human Communication 4
COM 1113 Graphic Software Packages 2
HRE 1550 Human Relations and Interpersonal Dynamics 4
HRE 2500 Introduction to Human Resource Management 4
HSP 1300 First Look: The Experiential Hospitality Industry 4
HSP 2400 Hospitality Budget and Finance 4
HSP 2500 Business Technology 4
HSP 3450 Hospitality Law and Ethics 4
HSP 4500 Demand and Revenue Optimization 4
HSP 4811 360 Degree Internship 4
MGT 2220 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior 4
MGT 3500 Service Management 4
Elective Block Requirements (12 credits)

Select one block of electives from the list below.

FINANCE
ACC 2010 Financial Accounting 4
FIN 3010 Financial Management 4
FIN 3015 Corporate Finance 4
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
ENT 2900 Ideation and Creativity 4
ENT 3023 Business Modeling and Feasibility 4
ENT 3400 Venture Funding 4
SALES
MKT 2110 Principles of Marketing and Personal Selling 4
MKT 3600 Sales in Dynamic Environments 4
MKT 3680 Negotiations 4
EVENT MANAGEMENT
EMG 1200 Introduction to Event Management 4
EMG 1400 Event Planning and Evaluation 4
EMG 2300 Event Operations 4
STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION
ENG 2125 Introduction to Professional Writing 4
STC 2225 Foundations of Strategic Communication 4
STC 3315 Message Development in Public Relations 2
STC 3325 Message Development in Advertising 2
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
HRE 3220 Group Dynamics and Team Development 4
HRE 3550, HRE 4220 Project Development and Management or Contemporary Perspectives on Leadership 4
HRE 4450 Seminar in Training and Organizational Development 4
Required 800 hours of experience in the field

Students are required to complete a supervised internship and work 800 hours in the hospitality industry to gain valuable on- the-job experiences, build their resumes, and apply what they have learned from their coursework. This includes any work or internship experience post high school. All hours will be vetted by faculty advisor, tracked by faculty advisor, and evaluated by site supervisor. Hours will be due and assessed in the senior level demand and revenue optimization course. If by the end of the course the student hasn’t completed the hours, he/she will receive an incomplete for one semester. No more than 400 hours in one position will be counted in the total.
Note: COM 4996, COM 4997, or COM 4998 can replace EMG 4300, EMG 4400, or EMG 4811 for students enrolled in BA to MA program in Strategic Communication.
Requirements for Minor in Hospitality Management
Course Course Title Credits
HSP 1300 First Look: The Experiential Hospitality Industry 4
HSP 2400 Hospitality Budget and Finance 4
HSP 4500 Demand and Revenue Optimization 4
MGT 3500 Service Management 4
Select 4 credits from the following list of courses:
EMG 3200 Experiential Services Marketing and Sponsorship 4
ENT 3023 Business Modeling and Feasibility 4
ENT 4990 Strategic Entrepreneurship Management 4
HRE 3220 Group Dynamics and Team Development 4*
HRE 3600 The Global Workplace 4*
HSP 4811 360 Degree Internship 4
MGT 3220 Leadership 4
STC 3385 Applied Research in Strategic Communication 4**
Course Descriptions
*HRE 1550 is a prerequisite for these courses.
**The prerequisite for these courses will be waived for Hospitality Management minors.
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