Hospitality business students are prepared for careers in such fields as lodging, food service, club management, hotel and resort management, event planning, the airline and cruise industries and much more.
The knowledge and skills gained in this program are transferable to many different businesses and industries. Free electives enable you to tailor your knowledge with a minor in another field, such as marketing, communication, computer information technology, finance, sport management, international business and more.
You will graduate with meaningful credentials – academic and professional portfolios and 1,000 hours of solid, hands-on field experience that ensures you leave SNHU prepared for entry-level management jobs.
Hospitality Business Curriculum
Hospitality Business Major Courses
HOS-220: Geography of Global Cultures
Tourism geography investigates the relationship between culture and tourism. Issues and trends in the management of tangible and intangible assets, such as interpretation, globalization and cross-cultural values are investigated. The course covers major tourism and recreation issues on a global scale and how they apply to different regions of the world. The class takes a geographical perspective, which includes relationships between physical (geology, climate, vegetation) and cultural (historical, cultural, economic) aspects of places around the globe. Global marker.
HOS-225: Introduction to Commercial Food Production
This is a beginning course in the theory and preparation of haute cuisine. Students will learn how to procure raw ingredients and prepare quantity food dishes for the commercial food service industry. Sanitation principles, safety guidelines, proper use of equipment are practiced. The National Restaurant Association ServSafe exam is administered.
HOS-315: Rooms Division Management
This course takes an operations approach to room management, including front office, revenue management (reservations), uniformed services, housekeeping and engineering. Emphasis is placed upon the management function, coordination and communication within and between departments. Offered as needed.
HOS-320: Hospitality Sales Management
The ability to sell is the single most critical success factor of any hospitality and tourism firm. This course approaches sales from the practical and tactical ins and outs of how to sell products and services to a sophisticated marketplace and how to build and manage a sales force. This course consists of a study of sales management competencies designed for hospitality and tourism students. The course provides students with an understanding of the theory and practice of personal selling as used by hospitality organizations to develop long-term partnerships with customers and enhance students' ability to diagnose and address diverse problems and decisions that arise in developing and implementing a hospitality firm's selling strategy.
HOS-327: Food and Beverage Operations Management
This course is designed to provide instructions about managing a variety of food and beverage operations. Included are the history and development of restaurants; food production and menus; the size, scope and classification of restaurants; principles of American, French, Russian and English services; principles of menu- making; layout and design of restaurants; marketing and sales promotion; management of personnel and human relations; and food and beverage control procedures. Students will apply the management theories learned while supervising in the front- and back-of-the-house areas of the Hospitality Center restaurant and while managing special events during the semester. An optional exam by the National Restaurant Association is scheduled. Offered every year.
HOS-418: Hospitality Facilities Management
This course provides students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of facilities planning, management and maintenance in all segments of the hospitality industry. Decision-making processes regarding planning, using facility management systems and taking cost-cutting measures in operations are studied. The interaction of management, engineering and maintenance also are explored. Offered every semester.
HOS-420: Financial Analysis for the Hospitality Industry
This course is designed to integrate the fundamental concepts of accounting and financial reporting, managerial accounting and introductory business finance with the concepts and tools of financial management in hospitality organizations. This course will emphasize on the analysis of the financial strength and weakness of a hospitably firm, cost benefit analysis of asset acquisitions, analysis of cash flows and valuation concepts and techniques. Financial Management in the Hospitality Industry is an advanced and an applied course. Students apply finance valuation techniques using real data, integrate finance concepts and quantitative analyses into logical business solutions, and make and defend decisions regarding a business problem at hand. This, along with a commitment to quality, means that HTM-420 is a reasonably difficult course.
ACC-201 and ACC-202
HOS-492: Experiential Learning
Students pursuing the BS in Hospitality Business or the BAS in Hospitality Management must register for this course in the final semester of their senior year and complete an industry related experiential learning component as a requirement for graduation. Students enrolled in the BS degree program must complete 1,000 hours of experiential learning in a hospitality and tourism (or related business) with a minimum of 200 hours in guest/customer contact services. Students with transfer credit (least 30 credits) and enrolled in the BAS or BS degree program must complete 750 hours of experiential learning in a hospitality and tourism (or related business) with a minimum of 100 hours in guest/customer contact services. Students with transfer credit (60 or more credits) and enrolled in the BAS or BS degree program must complete 500 hours of experiential learning in hospitality and tourism industry (or related business) with a minimum of 100 hours in guest/customer contact services. Students enrolled in the BS in Hospitality Business Degree in Three program must complete 700 hours of experiential learning in hospitality and tourism (or related business) with a minimum of 150 hours in guest/customer contact services.Students are encouraged to pursue diverse experimental learning opportunities. The required hours must be completed by March 15th of the student's senior year. Credit will not be awarded for any work experience prior to formal admission into the program.
HOS-202 replaces ACC-202 and HOS-416 replaces BUS-206 in the Business Core for the BS in Hospitality Business
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Event and Conventions Management
HOS-340: Special Events Management
This course is designed to give students experience in developing an event, trade show or exhibition with emphasis on pre-planning, budget preparation, advertising and/or public relations. Students will be prepared with the tools to work in the industry, which represents a major economic gain for the communities and facilities where special events are held. Topics include planning, set up, exhibit management, crowd control, special effects lighting, decorations, sound and protocol. Offered as needed.
HOS-341: Meeting Planning
This course has been designed to challenge students in the meeting planning process. The course will utilize the skills and common body of knowledge acquired in HOS 340 and introduces students to a more specialized area of study focusing on meeting planning. Analysis of the tools and strategies adopted by the industry will enable students to effectively plan, implement and evaluate the products and services associated with meeting planning. The student will manage (plan, promote, budget and execute) a three-day meeting and a product launch in this context.
HOS-401: Convention Sales and Group Planning
The objective of this course is to acquaint students with the methods and accoutrements used in successful meeting and convention management. Students are required to develop and present a major project detailing the planning and administration of a conference from conception to fulfillment. Offered as needed.
Hotel and Resort Management
HOS-311: Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development
This course provides an introduction to the nature and scope of tourism planning at the local, regional and national levels. Topics to be addressed include economic, social, environmental and policy considerations within the sustainable development framework. This course also discusses planning and development guidelines in different geographical areas. Case studies will be used to discuss different strategies regarding planning, initiating, and implementing tourism events and activities. Junior standing.
Junior prereg status
HOS-415: Hotel Administration
This course considers the analysis of theories, principles and techniques of hotel management. Subjects include the principles of organizing, the formulation of goals and objectives, decision-making processes, staffing, employee/ guest relations and labor management negotiations. The problems and issues management encounters are emphasized.
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HOS-428: Resort Development and Management
The course provides the students with the overview of resort development, management and operations in the context of ski, golf, gaming, cruises, and other types of resorts. The course also looks at the history and evolution of resorts, land use and development, target markets for resorts, feasibility, investment and financial analysis of a resort project. The course incorporates current trends in the services and activities expected and offered by today's resorts and cruises.
HOS-430: Casino and Gaming Operations
This course analyzes gaming as a discipline and introduces students to gaming as an integral part of the hospitality industry. Students will study gaming development, casino organization and operation, the mathematics of casino games, and the importance and integration of gaming in hospitality management. Offered as needed.
Restaurant and Beverage
HOS-322: Beverage Management and Control
This course covers the operational and management of cocktail lounges and bars. Methods of distilled spirit production and beer brewing are detailed to help students understand the varying qualities of beverages. Students will learn through a semester project of designing a lounge that includes the layout and design of the facility, the equipment used to operate it, control procedures, customer relations, staffing, marketing, sanitation procedures and regulations affecting operations. An optional National Restaurant Association exam about responsible alcohol service is administered. Field trips are scheduled. Offered every other year.
HOS-424: Managing, Merchandising, and Service of Wines
Students in this course research wine as they travel around the globe learning each country's wine climate, terrain, varieties of grapes and styles of wine produced. The laws regarding wine labels, distribution and appellation vary from country to country. Learning about the history and development of wines from ancient times to modern times will give future managers a solid perspective in the wine industry. The purpose of tasting wines is to educate one's palette, plan food and wine pairings and determine the length and variety of a wine list. Attendance in professional business dress is required. Student must be of legal drinking age. (21 years) Global marker. Junior or senior standing.
Junior prereg status
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HOS-425: Food and Beverage Pairing
Art and Science are combined to teach students how food and beverages, when paired correctly, can enhance the overall dining experience. Sensory tastings will explore how to maximize food and beverage flavors. Understanding the requirements of Wine, Tea and Water Sommeliers, Cicerones, Mixologists and Chefs goals will lay a foundation for effectively training staff and designing food and beverage pairing menus. Students must be of legal drinking age in the U.S. (21 years of age).
HOS-424 Age restriction
HOS-427: Food and Beverage Concept Development
This course exposes students to the process, challenges, and rewards of developing a food and or beverage concept from idea to the construction of the first unit. Students will learn the basic concepts of foodservice facilities design and planning with an emphasis on restaurants. Students will determine space allocations for the front and back of house areas; develop production work flow in the preparation and service areas; and select equipment utilizing standards for production capability, quality of construction, greenness viability and the ease of maintenance. Specific topics addressed include concept creation, market research, creating the delivery process, concept testing and evaluation, restaurant feasibility, site selection, facility programming, and development issues such as licensing, permitting, and construction. Visitors from industry will address best practices and their own experiences in getting a restaurant concept off the ground. The course includes readings, discussions with industry leaders, cases, and culminates with students formulating a detailed food and beverage concept and development plan.
HOS-320 and HOS-327
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