2018-2019 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 provides a highly diverse range of career opportunities within the exciting, fast-paced and dynamic environment of the hospitality industry. As one of the few programs in the country housed within a College of Business, our students gain skills and aptitude in operational and financial management highly valued by industry employers.  

The Hospitality Management curriculum combines theory with practice by incorporating hands-on experience through numerous industry site visits, service learning projects, and curriculum focused internships.  The degree consists of a core of classes relevant to all facets of hospitality including Guest Service Management, Sanitation & Safety, and Hospitality Law.  Students then specialize their study by selecting a focus in one of four concentrations:  Lodging, Food & Beverage, Event, or Specialized Management.  These offerings combined with a comprehensive business core provide our graduates with the practical knowledge, leadership skills, and service-oriented philosophy to be successful in today’s industry.  

Students gain insight in their area of study through interactions with professionals across the spectrum of hospitality by means of program partnerships with national associations and industry leaders.  Whether attending a campus presentation on company-wide opportunities with corporate recruiters or traveling to attend state and national conferences, our students spend time learning with professionals and building their industry network. 

To maintain the highest level of quality curriculum, our program is guided by an active advisory board consisting of over 30 industry leaders from across the country.  Combined with dedicated faculty, well-connected in the industry, students find relevant knowledge and active learning to be a daily component of their classroom experience.

Graduates are well prepared to enter the hospitality industry with advanced professional skills and their own industry connections.  With strategic preparation and an interwoven approach to service, our alumni are leading their organizations across the country.  

Joining us with current college credit?  Transfer students will find the Hospitality Management Program articulates well with numerous community colleges.  Transfer guides are readily available on the Ferris website.  Students may complete the degree at the main campus or at our 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 several certificates are available as well.   

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Hospitality Management degree are prepared to pursue careers in a variety of hospitality related businesses. Positions in hospitality management are abundant and employers are actively seeking quality graduates.  A small sample of positions include: 

Lodging

  • Front Office Manager
  • Guest Services Manager
  • Revenue Manager
  • Executive Housekeeper

Food & Beverage Operations

  • Dining Room Manager
  • Bar Manager
  • Banquet Manager
  • Food and Beverage Director

Event Management

  • Convention Sales Manager
  • Associate Destination Manager
  • Event Operations Manager
  • Special Event Design Producer

Hospitality Management also expands into country club management, spa management, ski management, and guest service specialist positions.  

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 for a Bachelor’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or the 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.) 
http://www.acbsp.org

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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