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Hospitality Management

Hospitality Management Curriculum The Hospitality Management program prepares students for management positions in multiple segments of the world’s largest service industry. Upon completion, graduates assume various professional roles in a wide variety of industry venues including: resorts, hotels, restaurants, private clubs, meeting and event planning corporations, destination marketing organizations, convention centers, conference centers, cruise lines, casinos, theme parks, auto rental agencies, sports facilities and arenas, spas, entertainment venues and theaters, and vacation ownership or fractional ownership operations.

Potential career areas include operations management, sales and marketing, public relations, revenue management, food and beverage, engineering, housekeeping, human resource management, tourism planning and development, hospitality consulting, hospitality law, and many others. Students who choose to major or minor in Hospitality Management receive a broad management-based education following the core business curriculum. This base provides a platform of knowledge with the overall focus on improving one’s ability to successfully and profitably manage a hospitality industry operation.

The program is the only AACSB-accredited program (AACSB) in the Florida state university system (SUS) which provides a bachelor of business administration (BBA) degree. The main campus in Boca Raton, Florida offers students convenient access to hospitality management job opportunities throughout Southeastern Florida. Florida is now the most-visited state in the United States, with a record year in 2015. The state welcomed over 105 million visitors to the Sunshine State (FLORIDA TREND). For every 100 visitors to our state, one new job is created in the tourism and hospitality industry (VISIT Florida); our students have an abundance of positions to pick from both during and after their studies at Florida Atlantic University. Compared to other tourism and hospitality management degree programs, FAU has the distinct advantage of being located in the world’s premier tourism destination.

Please download the Program Sheet compiled by Student Academic Services for the most up-to-date information on Course Requirements for a major in Hospitality Management.

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Career Planning Information

There are many career opportunities for a major in Hospitality Management. The hospitality and tourism industry remains one of the most critical industries to our region, state, and nation. Further, on a global scale, international visitor arrivals are expected to surpass 1 BILLION in the year 2014 according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (WTO).

On a statewide level, hospitality is the state of Florida’s number one private employer and is the top employer in all of the South Florida counties surrounding FAU (Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, et al.) Florida also ranks as the number one travel destination in the world. In the year 2013 alone, the stated hosted nearly 94.7 million visitors. Further, the hospitality related employment was at a record high of of over 1,013,000 jobs.

The hospitality industry is generally recognized as being comprised of four key segments: lodging, food service, transportation, and commercial recreation. Additionally, exciting areas within these segments include incentive travel, event management, gaming, and destination marketing. Positions are as varied as one’s distinct personality and are offered in such exciting venues as theme parks, attractions, cruise ships, resorts, and casinos - just to name a few! In addition to operations management jobs, professional positions are available in multiple areas of interest to prospective students. These areas include sales & marketing, public relations, human resources, accounting, facility management, engineering, finance, training & education, law, real estate, information technology, and event planning.

In response to the overall hospitality and tourism industry’s continued growth and increasing complexity and diversification, the Florida Atlantic University program’s curriculum offers students a solid educational experience. The curriculum begins with a broad intellectual foundation in liberal arts focusing on social sciences, biological sciences, and quantitative skills. Hospitality Management majors then move on to take fundamental pre-business courses (economics, accounting, statistics, etc.) during their first two years. After receiving a strong intellectually sound foundation, students then proceed to the business “core” courses along with their hospitality-specific courses during their third and fourth years. The program also requires a field experience component enabling graduates to be well prepared for the job market.

Industry Opportunities

Lodging and Resorts

  • General Manager
  • Resident Manager
  • Executive Housekeeper
  • Front Office Manager
  • Guest Services Manager
  • Convention Services Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Director of Sales
  • Human Resources Director
  • Rooms Division Director

Food and Beverage Industry

  • General Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Executive Chef
  • Banquet Manager
  • Food and Beverage Director
  • Catering Manager
  • Catering Sales Manager
  • Nightclub Owner/Operator

Meetings and Events Management

  • Convention Sales Manager
  • Conference Services Manager
  • Special Events Manager

Private Club Management

  • Clubhouse Manager
  • Director of Membership
  • Director of Special Events
  • General Manager
  • Assistant Manager

Commercial Recreation Management

  • City/County Director of Recreation
  • Spa Manager
  • Parks Manager
  • Theme Park Manager
  • Golf Course Manager

Cruise Industry

  • Director of Activities
  • Chief Purser
  • Sales & Marketing

Undergraduate Program

Minor Degree

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