Degree Requirements

School of Hospitality Administration Policy

These are new requirements that apply only to students who enroll in SHA during or after the Fall 2008 semester. Prior students are subject to the former system of requirements, details of which are available from the SHA academic advisor.

For the SHA degree, students must complete 128 credits of academic work. A total of 60 credits are required in the areas of Specialization and Hospitality elective courses, 44 credits in the Distribution category and 24 credits in General electives.

Students are expected to remain as full-time students throughout their four years in SHA. Students with fewer than 12 credits remaining in their final semester before graduation may request to be coded at part-time status.

Course Credits and Distribution

A candidate for the degree must earn 128 credits in distribution, elective, and specialization courses. In addition, 800 hours of on-the-job experience are required. This experience, monitored and supervised by faculty, is divided equally between two separate 400-hour experiences and may be completed at any time during the degree program. An international experience is also required.

Students must complete distribution requirements within the College of Arts & Sciences that include English, foreign language, natural science, social science, and humanities courses. They must also complete specialization courses within SHA that focus on the hospitality industry and general business knowledge.

Course Load

Students ordinarily proceed at the rate of four courses (16 credits) per semester. Most SHA courses carry 4 credits; special electives carry 1, 2, or 4 credits. Students wishing to register for 19 or 20 credits, but not more than 20, must receive prior approval from the academic advisor. All students must be in good academic standing (have a GPA of 2.5 or better) to do so. First-semester freshmen and first-semester transfer students may not overload. Additional tuition will be charged for credits in excess of 18; however, students with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and students in their senior year who have filed a graduation application are exempt from additional charges.

Enrollment in fewer than three courses (12 credits) in any semester requires prior approval.

Requirement for Satisfactory Record

Students may accumulate no more than four “D” grades in their liberal arts or general elective courses. Courses taken to satisfy hospitality requirements and hospitality electives must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.