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2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
  Nov 29, 2021
2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin

Hospitality Management, BS


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. 

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

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Hospitality Management, BS Hospitality Management, BS    
No Concentration Club Management Concentration    


Degree Requirements (120 hours)

  1. Carolina Core (31-43 hours)
  2. College Requirements (21 hours)
  3. Program Requirements (6-17 hours) 
  4. Major Requirements (51 hours)

1. Carolina Core (31-43 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written — CMW (6 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving — ARP (6-8 hours) 

Option 1
Option 2

Choose 1 from the following:

Scientific Literacy — SCI (7 hours)

Two approved CC-SCI courses from the natural sciences including one laboratory selected from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science or Physics

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language — GFL (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.

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking — GHS (3 hours) 

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences — GSS (3 hours) 

Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding —  AIU (3 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component* — CMS (3 hours)

Information Literacy* —  INF (0-3 hours)

Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility* — VSR (0-3 hours)

*Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.

3. Program Requirements (6-17 hours)

Supporting Courses (6 hours)

Minor (18 hours) optional

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.

Electives (0-11 hours)

The number of approved electives needed for the Hospitality Management Major Curriculum depends upon how students fulfill the Carolina Core Requirements and the optional selection of a minor.  Any course in the University can be used to satisfy the elective requirement, including additional electives in the major field area.

4. Major Requirements (51 hours)

a minimum grade of C is required in all major courses

Major Courses (39 hours)

Major Electives (12 hours)

Chosen in consultation with an advisor; at least 6 hours must be from HRTM.

Club Management Concentration (6 hours) optional

Students may obtain a Club Management Concentration by completing HRTM 285 and HRTM 495 in a club setting.  The following Club Management courses count toward the 12 hours of Major Electives.