Hospitality Management, B.S. (Berks)

Program Code: HMBK_BS

Program Description

The School of Hospitality Management (SHM) prepares our graduates to make a difference in the global world of hospitality through their skills in management and problem-solving, by combining people-skills along with analytical prowess. Our graduates learn in real-world facilities, research labs solving real-world problems, travel for domestic and international learning experiences, and engage as much with people as with novel technologies. The learning and engagement at SHM reflect today's relevant industry landscape providing experiences that prepare students for the many career opportunities offered in the diverse and exciting segments of the global hospitality industry, and will power their success in any complex, people-centric enterprise. Penn State's Hospitality Management program is amongst the oldest program in the nation, and amongst the most prestigious of its kind in the world.


Available at the following campuses: University Park

This option prepares students for management positions in any sector of the hospitality industry, including lodging, event planning, food service, food supply chain, gaming, and with a wide range of manufacturing and service businesses that support the hospitality industry. The management focus helps provide students with the analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills necessary to effectively function as hospitality professionals. 


Available at the following campuses: 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...

  • You enjoy working with people and helping others, have strong interpersonal skills, creativity and a good work ethic.
  • You are looking for a creative, fast-paced career, in a diverse and high-energy environment, with opportunities to work in a variety of locations, within the US and internationally.
  • You have a strong balance of interpersonal and people-management skills, and operations and business analysis abilities.


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 at least 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 3-11
Requirements for the Major 73-84

9-12 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. For the Hospitality Management 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: 6 credits of GQ courses and 3 credits of GS 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 Suggested Academic Plan for this major.

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 202Colloquium in Hospitality Management1
HM 203Hospitality Professional Development Seminar1
HM 271Hospitality Information Technology Fundamentals2
HM 330Food Production and Operations Management3
HM 336Hospitality Managerial Accounting3
HM 366Human Resource Management in the Hospitality Industry3
HM 430Applied Leadership in Foodservice Operations Management3
HM 490Strategic Hospitality Management3
HM 492Advanced Professional Seminar in Hospitality Management1
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HM 101Exploring the Global Hospitality Industry Keystone/General Education Course3
HM 230Principles of Food Production Management3
HM 235Hospitality Financial Accounting3
HM 242Hospitality Marketing3
HM 265WTeams and Leadership in the Hospitality Industry Keystone/General Education Course3
HM 272Introduction to Worksheet-Based Analysis and Modeling for Managerial Decision Making2
HM 280Fundamentals of Hotel and Accommodations Management3
HM 350Hospitality Revenue and Profit Optimization Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
STAT 100Statistical Concepts and Reasoning Keystone/General Education Course3-4
or STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Requirements for the Option
Select an option24-34

Requirements for the Option

Hospitality Management Option (34 credits)

Available at the following campuses: University Park

Prescribed Courses
HM 355Legal Aspects of the Hospitality Industry3
HM 480Applied Hospitality Concepts and Decision Making3
NUTR 100Nutrition Applications for a Healthy Lifestyle Keystone/General Education Course3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 25 credits of HM courses from an approved department list, up to 4 credits of any world language, and other courses in consultation with an adviser25
Hospitality Entrepreneurship Option (24-25 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Berks

Prescribed Courses
HM 305Restaurant Management3
HM 319Hospitality Facilities Management3
HM 435Hospitality Corporate Finance3
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 from 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

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 and Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

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

Breadth in the Knowledge Domains (Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

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

Integrative Studies

  • Inter-Domain Courses (Inter-Domain): 6 credits


  • GN, may be completed with Inter-Domain courses: 3 credits
  • GA, GH, GN, GS, Inter-Domain courses. This may include 3 credits of World Language course work beyond the 12th credit level or the requirements for the student’s degree program, whichever is higher: 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.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Entreprenuership: Be an entrepreneur or an intraprenuer within the hospitality industry
    • Demonstrate self-efficacy, leadership, resourcefulness and creativity.
    • Demonstrate the ability to recognize new opportunities.
  • Knowledge: Have Substantive Content Knowledge
    • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to function effectively in a diverse and global organizational environment
    • Synthesize and evaluate core concepts in the areas of hospitality accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, operations, and quantitative methods
  • Managerial Skills: Have Leadership, Communication, Interpersonal, and Social Skills
    • 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
    • Demonstrate personal and professional standards for ethical decision-making and social behavior
  • Skills: Have Analytical, Critical, and Strategic Thinking Skills
    • Apply the basic principles of analytical thinking and problem solving when examining hospitality management issues
    • Demonstrate the ability to integrate concepts and theories across functional business domains (e.g. Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Operations, etc.)

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.



John Paul Weber, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor in Business
Gaige 240
Reading, PA 19610

University Park

Nada Madrid
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

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 101*3HM 265W*3
HM 2021HM 280*3
HM 2031ECON 102 (GS)3
General Education Course (GN or GA or GH)3General Education Course (GN or GA or GH)3
General Education Course (GN or GA or GH)3 
First-Year Seminar1 
 15 15
Second Year
HM 235*3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D (GWS)3
HM 3193HM 2712
SCM 200, STAT 100, or STAT 200 (GQ)‡†3-4HM 272*2
General Education Course (GN)3HM 3363
General Education Course (Integrative Studies)3General Education Course (Integrative Studies)3
 15-16 16
Third Year
HM 230*3HM 242*3
HM 3053HM 350 (GQ)‡†3
HM 3303BA 250*3
MGMT 215*3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (Exploration)3Elective3
 15 13.5
Fourth Year
HM 3663HM 484*3
HM 4303MGMT 427*3
HM 4353General Education Course (Exploration)3
HM 4903General Education Course (GHW)1.5
HM 4921Elective3
ENGR 310*3Elective1
 16 14.5
Total Credits 120-121

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education


Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement


For General Education Course notations, please be sure to include three (3) credits of United States (US) Cultures and three (3) credits of International (IL) Cultures. Consult adviser for details.


The following courses are offered Fall Semester only: ENGR 310HM 101, HM 202, HM 203, HM 230, HM 235, HM 305, HM 319HM 366, HM 430, HM 435, HM 490, HM 492, MGMT 215.


The following courses are offered Spring Semester only: BA 250, ENGL 202B, HM 242, HM 265W, HM 271, HM 272, HM 280, HM 336, HM 350, HM 435, HM 484, MGMT 427.


Students can complete the Entrepreneurship & Innovation (ENTI_UMNR) Minor - New Ventures Cluster by taking BA 243 and MGMT 425. MGMT 425 is offered Spring Semester only. Consult adviser for details.

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ), Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) and Integrative Studies (Inter-domain) requirements. N or Q (Honors) is the suffix at the end of a course number used to help identify an Inter-domain course, but the inter-domain attribute is used to fill audit requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

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

Students completing the undergraduate program in Hospitality Management are prepared for graduate professional study in hospitality management and for graduate research programs in hospitality and related fields. At Penn State, we offer the Master of Professional Studies, which prepares students for enterprise level and executive positions in the hospitality industry and the Ph.D., which prepares 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