Hospitality Management (BAS) - Curriculum

Faculty; On Campus
Learn more
Kimberly Monk '98

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Management, designed for students with an associate degree in a related field, combines academic and industry experience.

Students in the program broaden and deepen their hospitality knowledge, preparing them for management-level positions in the industry or to launch their own businesses.

General Education Courses

ENG-121: College Composition II
ENG 121 is the sequel to ENG 120. This course concentrates on argumentative writing and requires students to prepare a major research report, one that reveals fluency with argumentative strategies and rhetorical conventions. In addition, students are introduced to analytical reading techniques, critical research methods and current documentation procedures. Although other kinds of writing are commonly assigned in ENG 121, argumentation remains the major focus of study. Enrollment is kept intentionally small, typically 15 students per section, to assure maximum benefit.
ENG-120 or ENG-120H
IT-100: Introduction to Information Technology
This is the fundamental computer fluency course required for all Southern New Hampshire University students. It is designed to promote a working knowledge and understanding of computer information technology concepts, skills and capabilities that support academic and professionally related goals and requirements. Students learn about the application and science of information technology. Concepts to master include the fundamentals of computer information technologies along with issues that affect people today such as : Internet and other network technologies, web publishing, digital media, hardware, software, file and database management, information security, viruses, and spyware, social impact, as well as algorithmic thinking and the limits of computation. Students develop capabilities such a managing complexity, assessing the quality of information, collaborating and communicating using IT, anticipating technological change and thinking abstractly and critically about IT. Students develop computer-related skills in support of their college studies and career goals. This is accomplished, in part, by the mastery of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.

Students must select one ECO course, one MAT course, and either PSY or SOC course:

ECO-201: Microeconomics
This course examines the role of economic systems in allocating scarce resources to satisfy the needs and wants of individual members of a society. After a brief exposure to alternative economic systems, the focus becomes the nature and performance of American capitalism. Primary emphasis is placed upon the development of models that explain the behavior of consumers, producers and resource suppliers in various market structures.
MAT-130, 140, 210, 240 or MAT-106 & MAT-206
ECO-202: Macroeconomics
This course explores the manner in which the overall levels of output, income, employment and prices are determined in a capitalist economy. The focus is on the forces that act to shape these factors and determine their fluctuations. The role of government fiscal and monetary policy in influencing the level of economic activity is also a major area of study. The impact of international transactions on the domestic economy also is discussed.
MAT-130, 140, 210, 240 or MAT-106 & MAT-206
MAT-130: Applied Finite Mathematics
This course is designed to prepare students for other courses in the core curriculum and in their majors and to provide a basis for making decisions in life after graduation. Topics include mathematics of finance, probability and counting, descriptive statistics and basic linear regression. (Students who have successfully completed MAT 120 or MAT 150 may not register for MAT 130).
MAT-140: Precalculus
This course emphasizes the algebra and concepts of functions. Students will learn the properties and graphing techniques for different types of functions including: linear, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students will also learn to solve a variety of real world problems that rely on a number of different problem solving strategies and an understanding of these different types of functions.
MAT-210: Applied Calculus I
This is an introductory course in single-variable calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, differentiation, integration and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will gain experience solving real-world problems involving calculus, including problems in business, economics, natural sciences and social sciences.
MAT-240: Applied Statistics
This is a fundamental course in the application of statistics. In this course, students will learn to apply statistical techniques to a variety of applications in business and the social sciences. Students will learn how to solve statistical problems by hand and through the use of computer software. Topics include probability distribution functions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression.
PSY-108: Introduction to Psychology
This course provides students an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students prepare for more advanced concepts in upper-level Psychology courses by learning the basics of how to evaluate research and exploring various areas of specialization within the discipline. Offered every semester.
SOC-112: Introduction to Sociology
Is one's identity individually or socially constructed? Are all stereotypes invalid or can there be value in generalizations? Is globalization widening the gaps or homogenizing the world? In this course, students will grapple with these essential questions in examining the world through the lens of a sociologist. Sociology offers an empirically-based methodology for critically evaluating society-from issues of individual agency to the roots of global institutions. Culture, norm stratification, systems, structure, social institutions, social change, the organization of social behavior and its relationship to society and social conditions are emphasized. Students will challenge their own preconceived notions and evaluate these constructs in terms of their relevancy to contemporary issues and problems.

Business Core Courses

ACC-201: Financial Accounting
Financial Accounting establishes the rules and regulations for preparing accounting information used by internal and external sources to evaluate the financial health of an organization. This course will develop the student's ability to interpret financial accounting information, to communicate this information and to understand the accounting system that produces this information.
ACC-202: Managerial Accounting
Managerial Accounting will explore the financial impact of alternative business decisions and the financial benefits of new business practices. After completing this course, the student will understand how accounting and other productivity information can be used to assess the past and improve the future performance of a business by giving managers essential information they need to make more informed decisions.
ACC-101 or ACC-210 or ACC-201
BUS-206: Business Law I
The background, foundation and ethical aspects of the United States' legal system are examined. Torts, product liability, criminal law, contracts, sales, business organizations, and agency and cyber law also are explored.
MKT-113: Introduction to Marketing
This course examines the organization's functions for creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers. These functions, designed to meet customers' needs and organizational goals, include marketing research, environmental monitoring, target market selection, product selection, promotion, distribution and pricing.
OL-215: Principles of Management
This course is designed to examine the fundamentals and principles of management in order to develop an understanding of management in any formal organization. Special attention is paid to planning and decision-making. International management is also covered. Offered every semester. Writing Intensive Course.
ENG-10,ENG-120 ENG-121H or ENG-200 ADB-125 or OL-125 or TCI-250

Select One of the Following

OL-317: Small Business Management
The problems involved in starting and operating a successful small business, selecting the location, determining how to borrow money, budgeting and credit are discussed. Junior standing or permission of instructor.
ACC-102 or ACC-202 and ADB-215 or OL-215 and MKT-113 Junior prereg status
OL-421: Strategic Management and Policy
Business School Capstone Course. This interdisciplinary approach to the study of the process of strategic management includes strategic analysis planning, implementation, evaluation and control from the perspective of top management in profit-making U.S. and international corporations, and public and non- profit organizations. Text and case studies are used extensively. Writing and team intensive course. Experience with Microsoft Office or equivalent is required. Senior standing or permission of instructor.
ACC-102 or ACC-202 or ACC-214 or HTM-320 and MKT-113; Senior prereg status

Hospitality Major Courses

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-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-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.

Select Three of the Following:

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-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.
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.
HOS-422: 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
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
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.

Students can use the 3 Hospitality electives to declare a concentration in either Restaurant Management or Hotel and Convention Management.

Select two free electives.

Industry Experience Requirement
Students must complete 500 hours of experiential learning in a hospitality or tourism (or related) business, with a minimum of 100 hours in guest/customer contact services.
Total Hospitality Course Credits: 18
Total Business Core Courses: 21
Total Degree Credits: 120

University Accreditation

SNHU is a fully accredited university. Access our list of accreditations. More...

Contact Us

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Friday: 8 am to 4:00 pm

Phone: 603.645.9611
Fax: 603.645.9693