Hospitality Management, BS

  • Two Hospitality students in a dining area set for guests.

    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.

    Emily Stilson

    “I have friends who went to other schools who didn’t get the well-rounded experience I got. I know hotels. I know restaurants. I know event planning, and I know tourism. IUP gave me the tools to market myself.”

    Emily Stilson ’13, BS in Hospitality Management; Catering Manager, Creative Gourmet by Sodexo, New York

    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 in a variety of businesses, including hotels, restaurants, clubs, school food services, cruise lines, wedding consultations, and areas of the travel and tourism industry.

    BS in Hospitality Management

    • Classroom studies are not theoretical. You’ll cover topics in several operational areas (see below). You’ll also 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.
    • To give you the professional experience needed to be hired for management, IUP requires you to have at least 240 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 240 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.
    • Our 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 skills and topics:

    Human Relations

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

    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


    • Competency in written communication
    • Competency in oral communication

    Professional/Ethical Responsibility:

    • Understanding of their Professional and Ethical Responsibility in hospitality management
    • Acting in a professional and ethical manner while completing coursework and during internships

    Scholarly Growth and Community Service:

    • Student Cubs
    • Honor Societies
    • Service-learning Activities