Food & Beverage Industry Management - B.S.

The Food & Beverage Industry Management bachelor's degree program prepares students for a management career across the career spectrum in the food and beverage industry.

As part of this program all students will complete a required, term-long internship and have the opportunity to choose a specialization focusing in one of the following areas: Culinary, Beverage, or Guest Relations.

Areas of management study also include critical thinking, financial analysis, industry technology, social media, marketing, leadership, food and beverage strategy and logistics, human resources and customer awareness.

Students are provided the opportunity to obtain value-added certifications within the degree include an industry-recognized responsible alcohol service and allergen certifications, a national manager sanitation certification recognized by the Conference for Food Protection, and the International School of Mixology Bartending Certificate.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply food and beverage industry concepts, skills and values to current industry issues.
  • Communicate effectively to diverse audiences, purposes and situations in food and beverage operations.
  • Use data and other relevant sources to improve organizational performance within food and beverage operations.
  • Produce and implement comprehensive management plans for food industry operations.
  • Create business plans for beverage operations.

Upon completion of the Culinary specialization (offered at the Providence and Charlotte campuses), graduates are expected to:

  • Apply food and beverage preparation and service skills.

Upon completion of the Beverage specialization (offered at the Providence and Charlotte campuses), graduates are expected to:

  • Apply knowledge of beverage characteristics and properties within professional beverage operations.

Upon completion of the Guest Relations specialization (offered at the Providence and Charlotte campuses), graduates are expected to:

  • Implement and assess strategies to deliver excellent customer/guest service experiences within professional food & beverage settings.

Graduates with sufficient experience, a professional attitude, and technical expertise may obtain positions in a variety of areas that include, but are not limited to, restaurant manager, kitchen manager, food and beverage director, catering manager, room service manager, beverage manager, and dining room manager.

According to the National Restaurant Association, the food and beverage industry is the largest U.S. employer besides the government.

Food & Beverage Industry Management

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Business Foundations
ACCT2150Accounting for Hospitality Service Organizations3
ACCT3150Financial Management for Hospitality Service Organizations3
CAR0010Career Management1
LAW2005Hospitality Law3
Major Courses
FSM1001Introduction to the Food & Beverage Industry3
FSM2007Food and Beverage Technology & Application Systems3
FSM2055Beverage Appreciation3
FSM2080Food Service Operations3
FSM3060Front of the House Operations Management3
FSM4061Advanced Food Service Operations Management3
FSM4160Food and Beverage Strategies and Logistics3
FSM4880Beverage Operations Management3
HOSP2040Human Resources Management in Service Organizations3
HOSP3053Hospitality Strategic Marketing3
Choose 15 credits of a Specialization listed below†15
Applied/Experiential Learning
COHM4799College of Hospitality Management Internship12
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM, LIT or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Statistics I
Social Sciences6
Foundations of Leadership Studies
One course from ANTH, ECON, GEND, PSCI, PSYC, RES or SOC
A&S Electives6
One course with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
12 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university12
Total Credits121.0
†Specialization in Beverage
Foundations of Wine
Brewing Arts
Coffee, Tea and Non-alcoholic Beverage Specialist
Spirits and Mixology Management
The Business of Alcohol Distribution, Retail and Sales
†Specialization in Culinary
Foundations of Baking and Pastry
Introduction to Culinary Skills and Techniques
Breakfast & Lunch Cafe
Contemporary Restaurant Operations and Management
Advanced Menu Analysis
†Specialization in Guest Relations
Food & Beverage Marketing and Distribution
Catering: Sales and Operations Management
Exploring the Private Club Industry
Leading Service Excellence in the Hospitality Industry
Hospitality Operations Analysis

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000 level courses

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