Hospitality Business (BS)


Gain Industry Experience as a Hospitality Major

The hospitality and tourism industry is one of the largest employers in the United States. Globally, it’s even bigger, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association. In many countries, in fact, hospitality is virtually the only industry and essential to the local economy.

That’s why Southern New Hampshire University has a program devoted to preparing students for careers in this burgeoning field. The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Business degree program prepares you for management careers in the field and equips you with the expertise to become a successful entrepreneur or small business owner. Our unique facilities, diversely experienced faculty and practical curriculum will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to become a leader in this industry.

As a hospitality major, you can focus your hospitality business knowledge with concentrations in Restaurant and Beverage Management, Event and Convention Management and Hotel and Resort Management.

The hospitality major program prepares you for a host of careers in lodging, food service, club management and the airline and cruise industries. You’ll also graduate with meaningful credentials – academic and professional portfolios and 1,000 hours of solid, hands-on field experience. And because SNHU faculty and alumni provide a powerful network of industry connections, 90 percent of hospitality major graduates have already lined up jobs when they graduate.

Hospitality Major Curriculum

Required Core Courses

General Education Program

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

Choose one Concentration:

Earn Your Degree in Three Years

You also have the option of earning your bachelor’s degree in just three years through our innovative Degree in Three program. Combining traditional classroom studies with unique out-of-classroom learning experiences, Degree in Three lets you:

  • Graduate in three years (six semesters) without taking weekend, summer or extra courses.
  • Jumpstart your graduate studies.
  • Start earning a living a year before your peers.
  • Use your “fourth year” to pursue your passions, study abroad, complete an international internship, get involved in campus activities, or continue to participate in Division II athletics as a graduate student.
  • Potentially save over $40,000 in tuition and room and board.

Hospitality Major Career Outcomes

Hospitality graduates are prepared for entry-level management jobs in hospitality and other business fields. Careers include:

  • Casino manager
  • Cruise ship manager
  • Customer service manager
  • Event management
  • Event planner
  • Food critic
  • Hotel manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Small business owner
  • Travel writer

SNHU hospitality graduates work and intern for great employers, including Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers, Disney World, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Regency, IKON, Marriott, U.S. Department of State and Princess Cruises.

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