2017 - 2018 Catalog (Current)

Hospitality Management

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose Hospitality Management?

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business degree in Hospitality Management is one of the oldest and most respected hospitality management programs in the region and has thousands of successful alumni that are employed worldwide. The Hospitality Management degree is one of only a few in the country that is housed within a College of Business that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is one of the premier organizations supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence in business education. 

The Hospitality Management curriculum is balanced between theory and practice with hands-on experience incorporating numerous field trips, service learning, and worldwide internships.  The program is guided by an active advisory board and classes are taught by expert faculty who are well-connected in the industry and bring relevant knowledge to the classroom.  The program offers students a chance to focus their studies in one of four concentrations:  Lodging, Food & Beverage, Events, or Specialized Management.  Students complete a Business Core that provides them with a solid background in the principles of accounting, finance, marketing, computer information systems, statistics, and management.

Students have the chance to interact with hundreds of partnering hotels, food service establishments, event venues, and other hospitality related properties in which they can complete two required internships, at 400 hours each for which they are paid.  Internships ensure a balance between classroom learning and real-world experience that often opens doors to fulltime employment upon graduation.  Students also have access to the annual career fair with scores of recruiters in attendance.  Study abroad opportunities are available through a network of international partnerships.  Graduates are prepared for mid-level management positions in the exciting, fast-paced, and ever-changing environment of the hospitality industry.

Transfer students will find the Hospitality Management program articulates well with a number of community colleges.  Transfer guides for partner schools are readily available on the Ferris website.  Students may complete the degree at the main campus or Traverse City, Flint and Grand Rapids locations. Students completing a culinary arts program at any career center can earn up to nine credit hours of articulated credit.  Three minors and eight certificates are available as well.   

Throughout their studies, students have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications, such as ServSafe and First Aid/CPR, as a part of their required courses. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Hospitality Management degree, with its solid business foundation, are prepared to pursue careers in a variety of hospitality related businesses. Positions in hospitality management are abundant and employers are seeking graduates for positions in lodging, food & beverage, events management, meeting planning, private clubs, spas and recreational facilities worldwide.

Admission Requirements

New Students SAT Scores:

  • 2.5 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Two of the Three Criteria:   
  1. SAT ERW score of 450 or higher
  2. SAT Math score of 500 or higher.  Placement in MATH 109/110 will be considered (SAT MATH score of 480 or higher).
  3. SAT Composite of 900 or higher

New Students ACT Scores:

  • 2.5 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Two of the Three Criteria:
  1. ACT English score of 16 or higher
  2. ACT Math score of 19 or higher
  3. ACT Reading score of 19 or higher

Transfer Students: 

  • Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended.  GPA based on completion of 12 credit hours or more.  Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement.
  • Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; or SAT ERW score of 450 or higher; or Accuplacer English score of 6 or higher. 
  • Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 114/115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT MATH score of 19 or higher; SAT MATH of 500 or higher; or Accuplacer Math scores:  Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0-49.

Exceptions for New and Transfer Students:

Applicants not meeting the above criteria MAY be considered for an approved Associates Degree if:

  • High School GPA of 2.35 or higher
  • Math ACT score of 16/SAT Math 430 and additional high school algebra
  • ACT Reading score of 16 and ACT English score of 14 or a comparable SAT ERW score to be determined.
  • SAT Composite score of 860 or ACT composite score of 15.

Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office/SAA.

More Information:

Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/academics/general-education/requirements/BA-BS.htm

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:  http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/academics/general-education/courses/index.htm

Consult the official checksheet or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

  • Maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA in all FSU courses.
  • Maintain a 2.00 in major and business core courses.
  • Have 40 credits at the 300/400 level.
  • 30 credits FSU Residency.
  • Have a minimum 120 total credits.

NOTICE: Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment (not including summer semester) must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum, which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.

More Information

Hospitality Management Program
West Commons 106
1319 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2382
Email: 

The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next review is February 2018.
http://www.acbsp.org

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Business Core

Princ. of Financial Accounting
3
Princ of Managerial Accounting
3
Contracts and Sales
3
Integrating Experience
3
Financial Management 1
3
Business Information Systems
3
Principles of Marketing
3
Applied Management
3
Quality-Operations Mgmt
3
Introduction to Statistics
3

Major Courses - 21 credits required

Sanitation and Safety
3
Hospitality Cost Controls
3
HSMG Internship I
1 TO 3
Guest Service Management
3
HSMG Internship II
1 TO 3
Hospitality Law
3
Hospitality Senior Seminar
3

Food and Beverage Management Concentration (24 credits)

Bar & Beverage Management
3
Purchasing for F&B Operations
3
Dining Room Management
3
Hospitality Facilities Mgt
3
Food and Beverage Ops Mgt
3
Human Resource Management
3
Select two of the following courses
6
Principles of Food Science
3
Menu Planning and Nutrition
3
Principles of Cooking & Baking
3
Intl Cuisine & Culture
3
NPO Fundraising Experience
3

Lodging Management Concentration (24 credits)

Hospitality Facilities Mgt
3
Convention Sales and Service
3
Front Office Operations
3
International Travel & Resorts
3
Revenue Mgt & Hotel Analytics
3
Human Resource Management
3
Directed Elective (Program Approval)
6

Event Management Concentration (24 credits)

Banquet Management
3
Convention Sales and Service
3
Event Management I
3
Event Management II
3
Foundations Risk Mgmt & Insur
3
Public Relations Principle
3
Principles of Cooking & Baking
3
or
NPO Fundraising Experience
3
Proj Management Fundamentals
3
or
Professional Selling
3
Choose One:
Choose One:

Specialized Management Concentration (24 credits)

Directed Electives (Program Approval)

University General Education

Communication Competence (12 credits)

English 1
3
Choose One:
Interpersonal Communication
3
or
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
Choose One:
Industrial and Career Writing
3
or
English 2
3
Choose One:
Advanced Technical Writing
3
or
Advanced Composition
3
or
Proposal Writing
3
or
Advanced Business Writing
3

Scientific Understanding

Scientific Understanding with Lab

4
Scientific Understanding
3-4

Quantitative Skills

Choose One:
Quantitative Reason for Pro 2
4
Intermediate Algebra
3
If MATH ACT is 24 or higher, substitute a general education elective
3

Cultural Enrichment

Electives (one must be at 200 level or above)
9

Social Awareness

Principles of Macroeconomics
3
Principles of Microeconomics
3
Social Awareness Elective
3

College of Business Additional General Education

General Education Electives
6
Minimum credit hours required for B.S. degree:
121-122