Hospitality Management - B.S.

The Hospitality Management bachelor’s degree program offers students a broad exposure to the various segments of the hospitality industry. The course of study prepares students with both a foundation in management theories and operational competencies necessary to enter any segment of the hospitality industry upon graduation. The inclusion of electives offers students the ability to customize their program of study based on their interests in a specific segment or management area.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Use the major concepts, skills and values of the hospitality industry to address industry problems within diverse hospitality operations.
  • Communicate effectively to diverse stakeholders in the hospitality industry.
  • Use decision support tools to resolve guest service issues and facilitate organizational process changes.
  • Apply financial reasoning and performance analysis to optimize performance within hospitality operations.

The curriculum provides opportunities for students to learn effective management practices in the dynamic hospitality industry, with an emphasis on customer service and problem solving. They apply such advanced techniques as revenue management, operational analysis, and financial analysis. Graduates may seek employment in supervisor or management positions in hotels, resorts, restaurants, tourism organizations, event venues, and on-site food service operations.

Hospitality 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
FIT1040Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions3
LAW2005Hospitality Law3
Major Courses
FSM2033Food Service in Hospitality and Tourism3
HOSP1001Orientation to the Hospitality Industry3
HOSP1015Managing the Hotel Guest Experience3
HOSP2011Hospitality Sales and Meeting Management3
or EVNT2020 The Business of Event Management
HOSP2040Human Resources Management in Service Organizations3
HOSP3005Leading Service Excellence in the Hospitality Industry3
HOSP3053Hospitality Strategic Marketing3
HOSP3077Revenue Management3
HOSP4055Hospitality Operations Analysis3
HOSP4060Hospitality Strategy Design and Execution Seminar3
TRVL3010Dynamics of Tourism and Sustainability3
Major Electives
FSM2055Beverage Appreciation3
HOSP4040Hotel Asset Management3
Applied/Experiential Learning
COHM4799College of Hospitality Management Internship12
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses 9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning 6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 6
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
One course from BIO, CHM, PHY or SCI
Social Sciences6
Foundations of Leadership Studies
One course from ANTH, ECON, PSCI, PSYC or SOC
A&S Electives6
One course with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
15 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university15
Total Credits120.0

#  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 adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

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

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills are assessed in ENG1021 Rhetoric & Composition II. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Rhetoric & Composition II or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

Internships will be available but they will not be required. For online students who do not wish to register for an internship, 3000+ level college discipline-specific courses can be taken in place of the internship.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?