BS in Hospitality Management

Degree Program Description

A degree in Hospitality Management (HM) provides students with all the business and managerial skills needed to succeed in a wide variety of hospitality and venue management careers.  The curriculum includes core business principles, core hospitality management concepts and advanced skills in one of the emphasis areas: Conference & Events Planning Management, Food & Beverage Management, Lodging Management, and Sport Venue Management.  The essence for these areas is that hospitality is about creating an unique and memorable experience for customers.  In Conference & Events Planning Management area, whether planning a wedding, private dinner party, business meeting, conference, festival, mega-event, or non-profit fundraising function, students learn the basics of planning and executing an event and get the opportunity to practice those skills through hands-on experience.  In Food & Beverage Management area, whether in the back of the house helping to prepare the tasty meals, managing inventory, controlling food cost or in the front of the house entertaining guests, the HM degree provides students business tools and skills to successfully manage restaurants, institutional food service establishments, or full service catering businesses.  In Lodging Management area, graduates manage and operate hotels, lodges, motels, bed & breakfast accommodations or resorts that serve either a specific audience or the general public.  Graduates use their business and entrepreneurial skills to set their establishment apart from the competition by becoming the destination everyone wants to go for those memorable family vacations, romantic weekend getaways or business retreats.  In Sport Venue Management area, students will receive specialized instructions and develop competencies in the management and operation of sport venues in addition to the business of live entertainment including sports games, tournaments, concerts and event productions.  Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students will be prepared to assume leadership positions in the dynamic and ever growing global hospitality industry.

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Major Program Requirements

Degree core requirements
AG_ED_LD 2250Introduction to Leadership3
or AG_ED_LD 2260 Team and Organizational Leadership
ACCTCY 2036Accounting I3
or ACCTCY 2010 Introduction to Accounting
FINANC 2000Survey of Business Finance3
MANGMT 3000Principles of Management3
MRKTNG 3000Principles of Marketing3
Hospitality Management Core
HSP_MGMT 1100Introduction to Hospitality Management3
HSP_MGMT 2100Hospitality Law3
HSP_MGMT 2190Seminar in Professional Development1
HSP_MGMT 3100Service Management3
HSP_MGMT 4100WHospitality Human Resources Management - Writing Intensive3
HSP_MGMT 4110Hospitality Sales and Marketing Management3
HSP_MGMT 4180Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry3
HSP_MGMT 4993Internship in Hospitality Management3
Total Credits37

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
HSP_MGMT 11003CHEM 11003 
F_S 1030 or BIO_SC 10103ABM 10423 
ABM 10413AG_ED_LD 2220 or COMMUN 12003 
Social Science3MATH 11003 
Humanities3State Law Course3 
 15 15  
Second Year
HSP_MGMT 21003HSP_MGMT 21901 
ENGLSH 10003FINANC 20003 
AG_ED_LD 2250 or 22603MRKTNG 30003 
Humanities3Emphasis Area Course3 
Approved Physical Science, Biological Science, or Math3Math Reasoning Proficiency3 
 Unrestricted Elective3 
 15 16  
Third Year
HSP_MGMT 31003HSP_MGMT 41103HSP_MGMT 49933
ACCTCY 2010 or 20363MANGMT 30003 
Professional Elective3Emphasis Area Course3 
Emphasis Area3Professional Elective 3 
Unrestricted Elective 3Professional Elective3 
 15 15 3
Fourth Year
HSP_MGMT 41803HSP_MGMT 4100W3 
Emphasis Area Course3Professional Elective 3 
Professional Elective 3Emphasis Area Course3 
Unrestricted Elective5Unrestricted Elective3 
 14 12  
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

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Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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