Hospitality Management, BS

  • HM BS

    You’ll gain specialized knowledge for managing the business of hotels, resorts, restaurants, clubs, theme parks, contract food services, school food services, cruise lines, special events, convention and trade show events, wedding consulting, and areas of the travel and tourism industry.

    Prepare for an exciting career in the hospitality industry—one of the world’s largest employers

    Our flexible program provides the knowledge and hands-on training you need to take fullest advantage of career opportunities in this industry. You’ll hone the skills necessary to be a successful manager of a variety of businesses, including hotels, restaurants, clubs, school food services, cruise lines, wedding consultations, and areas of the travel and tourism industry.

    You’ll cover topics in several operational areas: food production and service, food safety, management information systems as they relate to hospitality management, cost controls and accounting, legal issues, marketing, human resources, hospitality security, management theory, and purchasing.

    To provide you with professional hospitality experience to enhance your credentials, an extensive internship work experience within hospitality operations is required.

    Our program is approved by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, ensuring that our program complies with national standards of excellence and conveying to employers that you are ready to practice at a high level.

    BS in Hospitality Management

    • To give you the professional experience needed to be hired for management, IUP requires you to have at least 800 hours of field experience prior to graduation. Summer jobs in the hotel and restaurant sectors are an excellent way to engage with a community and acclimate to your field of choice.
    • At least 400 hours must be through an internship, which is required for this major. Internships, domestic and international, are an essential step in your education. They are geared toward job recruiters who expect prospective employees to have ample experience upon graduation. Some internships lead to postgraduate employment.
    • Classroom studies are not theoretical. You’ll explore practical skills, such as preparing a resume and presenting during a job interview. Every part of your education is geared toward landing your first job.
    • Faculty will help you set up an online job search mechanism so that your search for employment follows trends and is far-reaching.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the following hospitality management human relations skills: 

    • Understanding of organizational theory and behavior of a service culture
    • Diversity
    • Working in teams
    • Human behavior

     Students will demonstrate knowledge in Hospitality Management operational areas: 

    • Food production and service
    • Food safety
    • MIS as it relates to hospitality management
    • Cost controls and accounting
    • Legal issues
    • Marketing
    • Human Resources
    • Hospitality Security
    • Management Theory
    • Purchasing

    Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate, as follows: 

    • Competency in written communication
    • Competency in oral communication

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibility in hospitality management, including acting in a professional and ethical manner while completing coursework and while on internship.

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of continued scholarly growth and community service through participating in student clubs, honor societies, and service-learning activities.