Residential Hospitality Management - B.S.

Dedicated to the hospitality of residential management, Residential Hospitality Management is a meaningful, dynamic and highly professional field perfect for those who like helping people in a luxurious environment, enjoy building community and/or excel at crunching numbers. This established, multi-faced sector provides so many possibilities as well as opportunities for lifelong learning and career development. 

Demand for managed residential services is growing rapidly and so is the need for talented, creative and passionate people to help build strong communities. As the U.S. and world transition away from home ownership to managed residences, a substantial need exists for qualified executives in this $75 billion industry.

Upon completion of this program, graduates are expected to:

  • Analyze the major concepts, skills and trends important to the management of residential properties to ensure performance targets are achieved.
  • Communicate professionally within the residential hospitality industry.
  • Apply financial reasoning, performance analysis and trend analysis as decision support tools to maximize property owners’ return on investment.
  • Leverage guest service principles to attract and retain guests and enhance their residential experience.
  • Develop sustainable property maintenance and risk management plans to enhance property value.

Students find their niche within one of the numerous types of properties and positions available within residential hospitality including luxury apartments, resorts and wellness facilities. This option offers regular hours with the stability of non-transient guest service and the ability to build relationships with guests. Students can participate in an optional off-site internship, under the direction of an industry professional, actively experiencing a real-world setting. With many free electives available, students can also choose a study abroad program, select a minor or take additional courses outside of their discipline to enhance their learning experience.

The Residential Hospitality Management bachelor's degree program has a balanced combination of required hospitality and business core courses. A managerial foundation provides a solid core of industry-relevant courses and a theoretical background. Coursework is coupled with professional preparation, active-learning classrooms and access to industry professionals. Students are introduced to the administration and operation of residential properties through courses in property operations, facilities maintenance, risk and security factors, human resources, guest service and residential law.

Versatility is a key to the major. With this foundation, skills are transferable to numerous other options. After students have taken a set of major classes, they may tailor their degree by working with a faculty adviser to choose four classes from a predetermined list of major electives to best meet future goals. This enhances their knowledge base relating to the residential hospitality industry to meet their unique interests in the areas of residential property management, timeshare and resort management, and continuing care management.

Graduates of the Residential Hospitality Management program are prepared for a variety of options that exist in every U.S. market and many international markets.

Residential 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
FISV4030Real Estate3
HOSP1001Orientation to the Hospitality Industry3
HOSP2040Human Resources Management in Service Organizations3
HOSP2120Facilities Management in Residential Hospitality3
HOSP3005Leading Service Excellence in the Hospitality Industry3
HOSP3053Hospitality Strategic Marketing3
HOSP3065Hospitality Security and Risk Management3
HOSP3420Introduction to Residential Property Operations Management3
HOSP4060Hospitality Strategy Design and Execution Seminar3
Major Electives
Choose four of the following: *12
Residential Hospitality Sales and Leasing
Resort, Vacation Ownership and Spa Management
Hotel Asset Management
Introduction to Public Health
Social Media Marketing
Leadership in Recreation/Leisure Settings
Sociology I
Sociology of Aging
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 Sciences 6
One course from ANTH, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC or SOC
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
15 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university 15
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.

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?