Hotel and Hospitality Management Major (B.S.)

Hotel and Hospitality Management is more than an area of study; it’s a way of life. At the second-oldest four-year degree program in the country you will study and work using state-of-the art technology and facilities, receiving relevant industry certifications.

The Hotel and Hospitality Management program curriculum comprises foundation courses in hospitality management, business administration courses, and a number of University Discovery Program courses. A wide range of elective courses complement the foundation courses. To graduate, students must obtain a 2.3 grade-point average in all major required courses and a minimum grade of C- in each Paul College major course. A student must have a minimum of 400-hours of on-the-job, paid work experience in the hospitality industry, earned through a structured paid internship.

A typical plan of study is as follows, showing the requirements of the program. Students complete 16-18 credits per semester, which includes major requirements, electives for the major, Discovery Program requirements, and free electives offered across the college and university.

Hotel and Hospitality Management Degree Requirements

Hotel and Hospitality Management (HMGT) Core Courses:
HMGT 401Introduction to the Hospitality Industry4
HMGT 405Introduction to Food and Service Management4
HMGT 554Lodging Operations Management4
HMGT 618Uniform Systems for the Hospitality Industry4
HMGT 635Hospitality Human Resource Management4
HMGT 655Hospitality Finance and Development4
HMGT 703Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry 14
or HMGT 667 Advanced Food & Beverage Operations & Event Management
Three(3) HMGT Elective Courses 212
Four Hundred(400) hours - paid practicum hours through pre-approved work experiences
Required Courses (Non-HMGT):
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 510Business Statistics4
ADMN 585Marketing4
MATH 422Mathematics for Business Applications4
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1
Two(2) BiP courses: PAUL 660, PAUL 670, PAUL 680, or PAUL 690 34
PAUL 690BiP-Professional Intelligence Topics (HMGT specific BiP course titled HMGT: Prep for Success) 42
PHIL 431Business Ethics4
One Non-HMGT Elective Course (approved list below)4
Total Credits77

Additional Tracks in Hotel and Hospitality Management

Students may decide to concentrate their electives in a particular area and select one of two tracks (see below), or may combine courses from the two tracks to fulfill the elective requirement.

Food Service and Event Management Track

Required for Track:
HMGT 661Event Design, Planning, and Management4
HMGT 667Advanced Food & Beverage Operations & Event Management (capstone)4
Select two(2) of the following courses:8
International Food and Culture
Contemporary Resort Development and Management
International Wine and Beverage
Casino Management

Hotel Administration and Analytics Track

Required for Track:
HMGT 703Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry (capstone)4
HMGT 758Revenue Management and Pricing4
Select two(2) of the following courses:8
Advanced Operations Management
Topics (Hospitality Asset and Financial Management)
Topics (Hospitality Operations and Financial Metrics)
Real Estate Finance

Approved Non-HMGT Electives List 6

Management Information Systems
Behavior in Organizations
Public Speaking
Introduction to Ecogastronomy
Principles of Economics (Micro)
Professional and Technical Writing
International Perspectives
Topics in Marketing (Understanding Your Customer)
Foundations of Personal Selling
Marketing Research
Consumer/Buyer Behavior
Introduction to Psychology
Recreation & Tourism in Society
Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Leadership in Recreation Services
Festival and Event Planning
Exploring Sustainability
Introduction to Tourism
Tourism and Global Understanding

HMGT degree students must take HMGT 703 or HMGT 667 as their capstone  course.


Students can not include their elected Capstone course (HMGT 703 or HMGT 667) as one of their three HMGT elective course requirements. It may only apply to one degree requirement.


Students may take any combination of four(4) credits of BiP intelligence attribute courses: PAUL 660, PAUL 670, PAUL 680 or PAUL 690, or any course that has an assigned BiP intelligence attribute (BIPS, BIPA, BIPC, BIPP).

Student may not apply the required HMGT- PAUL 690 BiP (HMGT: Prep for Success) course to fulfill this requirement.


HMGT students must take the HMGT designated BiP Professional PAUL 690 (HMGT: Prep for Success) course. Please check with the Paul Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office if you have questions.  


Please note: HMGT 798 Topics and MKTG 520 Topics in Marketing are topics course designations; you must register for the specific Topics Course Title designated in the catalog.


Some courses have pre-requisites or major restrictions on sections. Students are responsible for checking pre-requisites and section permissions. 

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to solve complex problems.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the core content areas of the hospitality industry.
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Students will identify and understand the ethical dimensions and implications of business decisions.
  • Students will demonstrate a global awareness of challenges facing hospitality businesses.
  • Students will engage in effective team behaviors.