- Major Courses, General Education Courses, and Concentration Courses
- Admission and Transfer Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
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 alumni and industry professionals 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 academic 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. Two minors and four certificates are available as well.
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:
- Front Office Manager
- Guest Services Manager
- Revenue Manager
- Executive Housekeeper
Food & Beverage Operations
- Dining Room Manager
- Bar Manager
- Banquet Manager
- Food and Beverage Director
- Convention Sales Manager
- Associate Destination Manager
- Event Operations Manager
- Event Producer
Hospitality Management also expands into country club management, spa management, ski management, and guest service specialist positions.
Major Courses - 21 credits required
Food and Beverage Management Concentration (24 credits)
Lodging Management Concentration (24 credits)
Event Management Concentration (24 credits)
Specialized Management Concentration (24 credits)
University General Education
Communication Competence (12 credits)
Scientific Understanding with Lab