The Hospitality Management degree program consists of the hospitality business classes all students are required to take and hospitality elective courses. The hospitality elective courses allow students to experience a mix of courses that reflect their individual talents and interests. Students may use this general degree for a greater understanding of the hospitality industry and design a course mix that is appropriate to their interests and aspirations.
Though it is not required, students have the opportunity to choose a concentrated field of study. The School of Hospitality Management offers concentrations in Events Management, International Hospitality Management, and Senior Community Management.
Events Management encompasses a variety of planned cultural, sport, political, music, social, and business activities. Events are unique in that they typically require corporate sponsorship and a volunteer work force to operate. These dynamics will be explored in courses to give students the expertise required to succeed in this emerging field. Qualified graduates have the opportunity to continue with graduate studies in Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom.
The International Hospitality Management concentration will provide a vehicle for students who are interested in hospitality management services in the global arena. The concentration develops international awareness through a selection of international business and intercultural courses. Students will gain a basic foreign language skill through completing one full year of language instruction. This concentration requires students to complete a minimum of one semester of study abroad to immerse them in a different culture. This cultural dimension will increase the student’s sense of global awareness and respect for other cultures. These attributes will be important, even if the student takes a domestic leadership role in hospitality.
Senior Community Management is an expanding market. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2025 18.5 % of the population will be 65 or over, an 80% increase over the year 2000. This demographic shift is shaping the market for providing modern living options for aging Baby Boomers. Senior communities reflect the three most important aspects of the hospitality industry: lodging, food service and events.