Hospitality Management, B.S. (Berks)

Program Code: HMBK_BS

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.


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 335Hospitality Financial Accounting3
HM 350Operations Management in Hospitality Keystone/General Education Course3
HM 380Hotel Management3
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 329Introduction to Food Production and Service3
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 480Advanced Hotel Management3
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

Entrepreneurship Option

  1. Have Analytical, Critical, and Strategic Thinking Skills
    1. Apply the basic principles of analytical thinking and problem solving when examining hospitality management issues
    2. Demonstrate the ability to integrate concepts and theories across functional business domains (e.g. Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Operations, etc.)
  2. Have Substantive Content Knowledge
    1. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to function effectively in a diverse and global organizational environment
    2. Synthesize and evaluate core concepts in the areas of hospitality accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, operations, and quantitative methods
  3. Have Leadership, Communication, Interpersonal, and Social Skills
    1. Demonstrate the ability to read, listen, and clearly express themselves using written, oral, visual, and quantitative methods to communicate effectively with superiors, coworkers, customers, and members of the community
    2. Demonstrate personal and professional standards for ethical decision-making and social behavior
  4. Be an entrepreneur or an Intraprenuer within the Hospitality Industry
    1. Demonstrate self-efficacy, leadership, resourcefulness and creativity.
    2. Demonstrate the ability to recognize new opportunities.

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.



Jennifer Wakemen
Program Coordinator, Lecturer
Gaige 334
Reading, PA 19610

University Park

David Rachau
Academic Adviser
212 Mateer Building
University Park, PA 16802

Jeff Heim
Academic Adviser/Senior Instructor
213 Mateer Building
University Park, PA 16802

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 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
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
HM 319*3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D (GWS)3
HM 3353HM 271*3
SCM 200 or STAT 200 (GQ)4HM 336*3
General Education Course (GN or GA or GH or GS)3HM 3803
General Education Course (GN or GA or GH or GS)3NUTR 1193
 16 15
Third Year
HM 305*3HM 350 (GQ)3
HM 329*3HM 4423
HM 3303HM 484*3
MGMT 215*3BA 250*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 (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Fourth Year
HM 4303HM 490 (Course fulfills the Writing Across The Curriculum Requirement.)*3
HM 4353MGMT 427*3
HM 4663General Education Course (GN or GA or GH or GS)3
HM 492*1General Education Course (GHW)1.5
ENGR 310*3Elective3
 13 14.5
Total Credits 120

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


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.


Opportunities for Graduate Studies

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


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


Professional Resources



Gaige Building
Reading, PA 19610

University Park

201 Mateer Building
University Park, PA 16802