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2018-2019 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
  Feb 23, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Hospitality Management, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science with a major in Hospitality Management is designed to prepare students for managerial positions in the hospitality industry, including hotels, resorts, restaurants, and private clubs.

The mission of the School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management (HRTM) is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for challenging careers in the hospitality and tourism industry, conduct applied research that impacts the hospitality and tourism industry on a global level, and to provide professional and community service that promotes the economic development of the state of South Carolina and throughout the world.

The program provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses in general education, business, and hospitality and tourism management, combined with relevant operational management experience under the guidance of supervision of industry professionals and program faculty.

The program prepares students for responsible citizenship roles in business and society. It enables them to understand and apply the concepts of problem-solving in general, and in organizational and industry-related issues.

The HRTM faculty provide uncompromising individualized attention to meeting the educational needs of our students, and assume very active and influential roles in numerous professional organizations at all levels.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students should be able to apply strategic management principles to identify hospitality industry problems and utilize analytical reasoning to formulate solutions. 
  • Students should be able to interpret, evaluate and explain general and industry-specific financial documents and trends. 
  • Students should be able to examine and apply current marketing techniques and principles related to the uniqueness of our industry. 
  • Students should be able to demonstrate effective management practices in an operational food and beverage environment. 
  • Students should be able to apply effective human resource strategies, inclusive of hiring, training and performance evaluations to service organizations’ cultures. 
  • Students should be able to evaluate service management strategies used to differentiate hospitality organizations. 

Degree Requirements (120 Hours)

  1. Carolina Core Courses
  2. College Required Courses
  3. Related Coursework
  4. Major Coursework
  5. Free Electives

Progression Requirements

In order to enroll in the Professional Division of the Hospitality Management program, a student must complete 48 credit hours in the courses indicated as Pre-Professional Division with a minimum grade point average of 2.25. Pre-Professional Division courses include the following:

  • Carolina Core Courses within the CMW, ARP, and CMS areas
  • Pre-Professional College Required Courses
  • Pre-Professional Related Area Courses
  • Pre-Professional Major Courses

Course Grade Requirements

Students in this major must receive a C or better in the following courses:

Minor Requirements for Hospitality Management

Minors are optional for Hospitality Management majors and may be in any course of study offered by the College of HRSM as well as any other University program with an approved minor. College of HRSM required courses may not be counted toward a minor.

Hospitality Management Concentration (15 Hours)

Students may obtain a concentration in club management by completing the following two courses in addition to HRTM 285 - Club Management  and HRTM 495 - Hospitality and Tourism Internship  (must be completed in a club setting), which are listed below in the Major Area Coursework section.

1. Carolina Core General Education Requirements and General Education Degree Requirements (31-43 Hours)

Hospitality Management majors must fulfill all Carolina Core general education requirements. The Carolina Core consists of 31 to 43 credit hours of required coursework in ten different areas of study. Students select one or more courses for each learning outcome to satisfy the minimum number or credit hours required. (for additional information and lists of approved courses, please refer to the Carolina Core  section of the Bulletin.)

CMW: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written Component (6 Hours)

ARP: Analytical Reasoning & Problem Solving (6-8 Hours)

Plus an additonal course from one of the following:

Option Two:

SCI: Scientific Literacy (7 Hours)

  • Two approved Carolina Core courses from the natural sciences including one laboratory selected from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science or Physics

GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding/Foreign Language (0-6 Hours)

  • College of HRSM students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by achieving a score of 2 or higher on the foreign language placement test or by completing one foreign language course through 110 or 121. See list of approved GFL courses.

GHS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding/Historical Thinking (3 Hours)

  • Any approved Carolina Core course for Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking

GSS: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding/Social Sciences (3 Hours)

  • Any approved Carolina Core course for Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding/Social Sciences

AIU: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 Hours)

  • Any approved Carolina Core course for Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding

CMS: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication (3 Hours)

INF: Information Literacy

  • This requirement may be met in an overlay course that combines learning outcomes from two Carolina Core components.

VSR: Values, Ethics and Social Responsibility

  • This requirement may be met in an overlay course that combines learning outcomes from two Carolina Core components.

3. Related Area Coursework (6 Hours)

4. Major Area Course Work (51 Hours)

5. Approved Free Elective Courses (6-11 Hours)

The Hospitality Management Major Curriculum includes 6 to 11 hours of approved electives depending on how students fulfill the Carolina Core Requirements. Any course in the university can be used to satisfy the elective requirement including additional electives in the major.

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