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Hospitality Management (B.S.)

B.S., Hospitality Management

College of Health and Human Services

What You'll Do

The hospitality industry is the world’s largest employer. As a Hospitality Management major, you’ll gain the knowledge and hands-on training to take fullest advantage of career opportunities in this 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 give you the professional experience needed to be hired for management, you’re required to complete 800 hours of work experience. At least 400 hours must be through an internship, which is required for this major.

What You'll Become

The B.S. degree in Hospitality Management prepares you to manage the food service needs of hotels, resorts, restaurants, clubs, theme parks, and cruise lines. You may also find employment with contract food services, school food services, businesses, and areas of the travel and tourism industry, as well as in connection with special events, conventions and trade shows, and weddings.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average employment growth is expected in this industry through 2016. In 2006, food service managers held about 350,000 jobs, according to the labor study. About 45 percent of those in the study were self-employed as owners of restaurants or other food service businesses. Thirty-eight percent of all salaried jobs for managers were found in full-service or limited-service restaurants, according to the study.

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Special Features

  • The Hospitality Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.
  • Students run the Allenwood, a popular campus restaurant that periodically features a lunch menu and special theme dinners.
  • Students in the Club Managers Association of America IUP Chapter are closely involved with the private clubs in the Pittsburgh area by working for their events, attending monthly CMAA Pittsburgh Chapter meetings, and doing internships.
  • When the Fox Chapel Golf Club hosted the 30th Constellation Senior Players Championship in 2012, Hospitality Management students volunteered their time to help make the event a success.
  • Students benefit from the department’s strong ties to the hospitality industry, interviewing for positions at leading companies, including but not limited to Disney, Bob Evans, Chestnut Ridge Resort, Eat’n Park, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn, Longhorn Steak House, NemacolinWoodlands Resort, Panera Bread, Chartiers Country Club, Red Robin, Rolling Rock Country Club, and St.Clair Country Club.
  • The IUP Academy of Culinary Arts offers education options that include a track geared toward a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management.