Hospitality Program Overview

The 125-credit Hospitality Management Bachelor of Science Degree Program is comprised of a rich and diverse blend of learning experiences inclusive of courses in communications, math, liberal arts, sciences and the business disciplines necessary for effective practice in the hospitality sector.  Listed below is a partial summary of the core professional studies and experiential learning curriculum.

Freshman Year Principles of Economics (Macro) 
Intro to Hospitality Management Principles of Economics (Micro)
Career Paths/Hospitality Intro to International Business
Professional Effectiveness  Junior Year
Work Experience I  Food/Beverage Management 
Personal Computing Hospitality Finance 
Principles of Marketing Global Topics I
Sophomore Year Global Topics II 
Managerial Accounting Work Experience III 
Leadership/Human Resource Management  Management Information Systems 
Facility Management Hospitality Marketing
Writing in Professional Cultures Senior Year
Current Issues in Hospitality Revenue Management and Technology in Decision Making
Hospitality Management and the Law Strategic Career Planning
Work Experience II Strategic Career Execution
Financial Accounting   
Legal Environment of Business  

Pineapple Hospitality Majors are also required to select four electives from those listed below.


Business/Commercial Law, Intro to Public Relations, PR Events & Promotions, Intro to Entrepreneurship, Special Topics, Independent Study, Labor Relations, Tourism Marketing, Special Events Management, Theater Construction. Electives in development include: Club Management, Hospitality Technology, Institutional Food Service Management, Entertainment Venue Management, Travel and Tourism Management, Wine and Spirits, Franchising in the Hospitality Sector and Rooms Division Management

Experiential Learning

The Career Development Series for hospitality majors is designed to prepare students to learn by doing under the guidance of professionals in the field, as well as their supervising college professors.

Students will learn from experience by:

  • Engaging in two one-credit, seminar-style courses each academic year to prepare you to get the most of your summer work experiences
  • Working in the field for a total of 900 hours (300 hours each summer) during the first three summers of your degree program
  • Reflecting upon your work experience through correspondence with a faculty supervisor
  • Discussing your work experience in courses completed in the following years

Students will also develop their career path via ongoing engagement with professionals in the Center for Professional Excellence and the Career Development Center.