The Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management provides a foundation of research, critical thinking, and writing skills, along with the practical know-how required for success in global hospitality workplaces. This online degree program is helpful if you want to manage or own a restaurant, or seek entry- to mid-management positions in the event planning, lodging and travel destination, and tourism fields. You’ll be taught by experienced faculty, many who draw on their own experiences in hospitality to share their knowledge of industry best practices used around the world today.

This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of hospitality management, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Apply concepts and principles of hospitality service excellence in marketing, law, revenue management and strategic planning, to the unique aspects of hospitality operations.
  • Judge current political, economic, and social issues that affect food service, lodging and travel and tourism industries.
  • Apply strategic management principles to accomplish goals and objectives of hospitality operations.
  • Assess unique hospitality characteristics and principles that are the business of hospitality management.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required30
Select one of the following concentrations:21
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements36
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics for Business
Macroeconomics for Business
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (30 semester hours)

HOSP100Introduction to Hospitality Management3
HOSP101Foodservice Sanitation (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management)3
HRMT200Human Resource Fundamentals3
MGMT201Organizational Fundamentals3
HOSP300Managerial Accounting for the Hospitality Industry (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Managagement)3
HOSP302Hospitality Law (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management)3
HOSP321Marketing and the Hospitality Industry (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management)3
HOSP335Leadership and Management in Hospitality (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management)3
HOSP400Quality Service Management (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management)3
MGMT314Management Ethics3
Total Semester Hours30

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from the Concentration in Food Service, the Concentration in Lodging, the Concentration in Meeting and Event Planning, or the Concentration in Tourism.

Concentration in Food Service (21 semester hours)

Examines current trends, issues, and challenges in the food service industry, such as the layout, design, equipment, and human engineering involved in a food service facility. Topics include cost control, dietary guidelines, table service, and the history and culture of wine.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Plan a food service facility with emphasis on human engineering, layout, design, and equipment selection.
  • Comprehend hotel food service operations including concession, restaurant, room service, banquet, snack bar, and other forms of food service.
  • Examine and discuss the leading issues associated with food service in the 21st Century including food service trends, issues, and challenges.

Concentration Requirements (21 semester hours)

Select 7 courses from the following:21
Food and Beverage Management (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management)
Restaurant Operations Management
Quantity Food Preparation
Hotel and Restaurant Purchasing (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management)
Nutrition in the Food Service Industry (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management)
Principles of Cost Control in Foodservice Operations (Prerequisite: HOSP200 - Food and Beverage Management)
Foodservice Trends and Challenges (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management)
History and Culture of Wine
Foodservice Facilities Design
Total Semester Hours21

Concentration in Lodging (21 semester hours)

Evaluates the scope and diversity of the lodging industry and its contribution to a global society. Looks at marketing concepts, guest liability laws, and various career options in lodging, as well as the necessary partnerships among lodging organizations, convention centers, and convention bureaus. 

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Describe the make-up and size of the lodging industry and explain its contribution to a global society.
  • Explain the necessary partnerships between lodging organizations, convention centers and convention bureaus.
  • Summarize career options in the lodging segment, including advantages and disadvantages of working in the industry.
  • Describe laws associated with guest liabilities in lodging management.
  • Understand marketing concepts that are used by lodging facilities.

Concentration Requirements (21 semester hours)

Select 7 courses from the following:21
Hotel and Restaurant Purchasing
Introduction to Lodging Management (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))
Principles of Cost Control in Foodservice Operations (Prerequisite: HOSP200 - Food and Beverage Management)
Convention Sales and Services (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))
Management of Lodging Operations (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))
Business and Conference Hospitality Mgmt
Managing Housekeeping Operations
Revenue Management for the Hospitality Industry
International Hotel Management
Managing Technology in the Hospitality Industry
Loss Prevention and Security Management
Total Semester Hours21

Concentration in Meeting and Event Planning (21 semester hours)

Provides a thorough overview of the meeting, exposition, and convention industry, including the environmental concerns involved in event management. Courses cover industry organizations, such as convention bureaus, as well as emergency preparedness, liability and insurance, and the use of technology.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Apply the steps involved in planning meetings and special events.
  • Evaluate the administration and logistics of a given event scenario.
  • Explain the environmental concerns involved in managing an event.
  • Analyze elements of a client culture affecting meeting and event planning. 

Concentration Requirements (21 semester hours)

HOSP308Meeting and Convention Planning (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))3
HOSP309Convention Sales and Services (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))3
HOSP320Business and Conference Hospitality Mgmt (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))3
HOSP350Managing Technology in the Hospitality Industry3
HOSP410Advanced Tourism and Hospitality Management (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))3
HOSP413Meeting and Event Risk Management (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))3
HOSP415Destinations and Cultures (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))3
Total Semester Hours21

Concentration in Tourism (21 semester hours)

Explores essential tourism topics, including revenue management, forecasting, budgeting, pricing and inventory management, service quality, ethics, and technology. Delves into the operation of hospitality facilities, such as operating costs, building system characteristics, and engineering/maintenance.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Explain tourism topics including revenue management, forecasting, budgeting, measuring performance, transient versus group displacement, pricing and inventory management, service quality, ethics, and technology.
  • Examine the study of the tourism from a global perspective in addition to the public and private organizations that organize, promote, manage, and participate in tourism and travel.
  • Analyze and describe the operation of hospitality facilities including facility operating costs, building system characteristics, and the function of the engineering-maintenance department. The renovation needs of hospitality facilities are examined and key managerial aspects of renovations considered.

Concentration Requirements (21 semester hours)

Select 7 courses from the following:21
Tourism and Travel Industry (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))
Fundamentals of Tourism Management
Cruise Line Operations
Club Management
Theory and Concepts of Leisure (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))
Introduction to Parks and Recreation (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))
Advanced Tourism and Hospitality Management (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))
Destinations Management and Marketing (Prerequisite: HOSP100 - Introduction to Hospitality Management))
Destinations and Cultures
Total Semester Hours21

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

HOSP495Senior Seminar in Hospitality Management (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all major or concentration courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (36 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.