Hospitality Management, B.S. (Berks)

Program Code: HMBK_BS

Program Description

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

This major helps provide preparation for management positions in hotels, restaurants, institutions, and other hospitality organizations. The program is designed to give the student a broad general education and a strong management and problem-solving orientation balanced with the requisite technical skills, all of them essential for career progression to upper-management positions in the hospitality professions. The program also helps prepare students for graduate study.

Hospitality Management Option

Available at the following campuses: University Park

This option helps prepare students for management positions in any segment of the hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants, institutional or non-commercial operations, clubs, resorts, and casinos. The management focus helps provide students with the analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills necessary to effectively function as hospitality professionals.

Hospitality Entrepreneurship Option

Available at the following campuses: Berks

(Offered only at Penn State Berks) This option helps prepare students for careers as owners or managers of small independently-owned hospitality operations or as entrepreneurs within large hospitality corporations or management companies in hospitality segments such as a restaurants, hotels, and non-commercial operations. The entrepreneurship focus helps provide students with creative problem solving, opportunity recognition, and leadership skills necessary to effectively manage small or individual unit's hospitality operations.

What is Hospitality Management?

Hospitality refers to the relationship that exists between a host and a guest. The Hospitality discipline prepares students to create value in this relationship, both from the host and the guest’s perspectives. This involves the creation and management of products and services by the hosts for the guests, based on the preferences and behaviors of the guests. Hospitality major is therefore an interdisciplinary field of study that prepares students for a global and diverse, world of management and entrepreneurship opportunities. Hospitality graduates are trained to own and manage hotels, restaurants, resorts, corporate dining, stadiums and arena catering, theme parks, country clubs, cruise ships, casinos, event management, and the vast array of manufacturing and service businesses that support the hospitality industry. From exotic locales to familiar destinations, from international postings to entrepreneurial prospects, from planning events to corporate finance, and from school food service to senior living, the possibilities are endless. This major prepares students for the multi-faceted hospitality industry and for the many career opportunities available to hospitality management graduates.

You Might Like This Program If...

If you enjoy working with people and helping others, have strong interpersonal skills, creativity, and a strong work ethic. Also, if you are looking for a non-traditional, fast-paced career, in a diverse and high-energy environment, that provides you opportunities to work in a variety of locations, within the US and internationally. The program will prepare you to apply a balance of interpersonal and people-management skills, with operations and business analysis abilities in a variety of professional settings.

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Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 1-5
Requirements for the Major 79-86

9-12 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. For the HM option, this includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GHW courses. For the Hospitality Entrepreneurship option, this includes 9 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GS courses and 6 credits of GQ courses.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. SHM requires students to complete 24 credits for the major through courses taken at University Park. Courses taken at other Penn State campuses may not be counted toward this 24 credit minimum. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for this major.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
HM 330Food Production and Service Management3
HM 3353
HM 350Hospitality Revenue and Profit Optimization Keystone/General Education Course3
HM 3803
HM 430Advanced Food Production and Service Management3
HM 435Financial Management in Hospitality Operations3
HM 442Hospitality Marketing3
HM 466Human Resource Management in the Hospitality Industry3
NUTR 119Elementary Foods3
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HM 201Introduction to Management in the Hospitality Industry3
HM 202Colloquium in Hospitality Management1
HM 203Hospitality Professional Development Seminar1
HM 271Hospitality Information Technology Fundamentals3
HM 290WHospitality Managerial Communication3
HM 329Principles of Food Production Management3
HM 336Hospitality Managerial Accounting3
HM 365Organizational Behavior in the Hospitality Industry3
HM 490WStrategic Hospitality Management3
HM 492Advanced Professional Seminar in Hospitality Management1
Requirements for the Option
Select an option21-28

Requirements for the Option

Hospitality Management Option (28 credits)

Available at the following campuses: University Park

Prescribed Courses
HM 355Legal Aspects of the Hospitality Industry3
NUTR 100Nutrition Applications for a Healthy Lifestyle Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HM 480Applied Hospitality Concepts and Decision Making3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 19 credits of HM courses from an approved department list, up to 4 credits of any foreign language, and other courses in consultation with an adviser19
Hospitality Entrepreneurship Option (21-22 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Berks

Prescribed Courses
HM 305Restaurant Management3
HM 319Hospitality Facilities Management3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HM 484Hospitality Entrepreneurship and Innovation3
MGMT 215Entrepreneurial Mindset3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9-10 credits of the following:9-10
Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
Small Business Management
Entrepreneurial Leadership
New Venture Creation
Managing an Entrepreneurial Start-Up Company

Program Learning Objectives

  • Have Analytical, Critical, and Strategic Thinking Skills.
  • Have Substantive Content Knowledge.
  • Have Leadership, Communication, Interpersonal, and Social Skills.
  • Be an entrepreneur or an intraprenuer within the hospitality industry.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Berks

Jennifer Wakemen
Program Coordinator, Lecturer
Gaige 334
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6123
jvp5@psu.edu

University Park

David Rachau
Academic Adviser
212 Mateer Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-7033
dqr5@psu.edu

Jeff Heim
Academic Adviser/Senior Instructor
213 Mateer Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-7990
jvh4@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2021-22 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Hospitality Entrepreneurship Option: Hospitality Management, B.S. at Berks Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H (GWS)3CAS 100A or 100B (GWS)3
HM 201*3HM 290*3
HM 202*1HM 365*3
HM 203*1ECON 102 (GS)*†3
General Education Course (GN or GA or GH or GS)3General Education Course (GN or GA or GH or GS)3
General Education Course (GN or GA or GH or GS)3 
First-Year Seminar1 
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HM 319*3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D (GWS)3
HM 3353HM 271*2
SCM 200 or STAT 200 (GQ)4HM 272*2
General Education Course (GN or GA or GH or GS)3HM 336*3
General Education Course (GN or GA or GH or GS)3NUTR 1193
 General Education Course (GN or GA or GH or GS)3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HM 305*3HM 350 (GQ)3
HM 329*3HM 380*3
HM 3303HM 4423
MGMT 215*3BA 250*3
General Education Course (GN or GA or GH or GS)3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 13.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HM 4303HM 484*3
HM 4353MGMT 427*3
HM 4663General Education Course (GN or GA or GH or GS)3
HM 490 (Course fulfills the Writing Across The Curriculum Requirement)*3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
HM 492*1Elective3
ENGR 310*3Elective1
 16 14.5
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Career Paths

Careers

Penn State Hospitality Management graduates are placed globally to manage hotels and lodging operations, restaurants, resorts, business dining, college and school food service, casinos, clubs, cruise ships, and senior living communities. They work in positions including meeting and events, revenue management, human resources, sales and marketing, finance and accounting, real estate and asset management, and for the businesses that supply them. Hospitality Management graduates are in demand with the many hospitality employers that visit the School’s in-house Career Placement Center each year. Graduates move quickly to upper management roles, corporate-level positions, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Opportunities for Graduate Studies

  • M.S.: Prepare students for continued study at the doctoral level or to pursue a career in industry research.

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  • Ph.D.: Prepare students for advanced academic and research positions at the university level.

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Professional Resources

Contact

Berks

EBC DIVISION
Gaige Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6123
jvp5@psu.edu

http://berks.psu.edu/bs-hospitality-management

University Park

SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT
201 Mateer Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1853
dlq3@psu.edu

https://hhd.psu.edu/shm