Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration

Degree Requirements

These requirements apply to students who enroll in SHA after Fall 2008. Prior students are subject to the former system of requirements; these details are available from the SHA academic advisor.

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.

Residency Requirement

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 and 48 credits in the distribution category.

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

No more than 14 credits in the area of specialization may be allowed to transfer from outside of the School of Hospitality Administration. Nine courses from the area of specialization must be completed for the degree. A maximum of 60 credits total is allowed for transfer from outside institutions.

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.


  1. Required Courses: Distribution (44 cr)
    To be taken in the College of Arts & Sciences 

  2. Required Courses: Specialization (48 cr)
    • SHA HF 100 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
    • SHA HF 120 Fundamentals of Food Service Management
    • SHA HF 140 Hospitality Field Experience I
    • SHA HF 200 Hospitality Management for Business Majors
    • SHA HF 210 Financial Accounting for the Hospitality Industry
    • SHA HF 220 Food and Beverage Management
    • SHA HF 231 Human Resources Management for the Hospitality Industry
    • SHA HF 240 Hospitality Field Experience II
    • SHA HF 250 Hospitality Law
    • SHA HF 260 Marketing Principles for the Hospitality Industry
    • SHA HF 270 Lodging Operations and Technology
    • SHA HF 310 Managerial Accounting for the Hospitality Industry
    • SHA HF 370 Revenue Management and Technology
    • SHA HF 410 Finance for the Hospitality Industry
    • SHA HF 432 Hospitality Leadership
    • SHA HF 440 International Experience
    • SHA HF 460 Hospitality Strategic Marketing
  3. Electives in Hospitality Administration (12 cr)
    • Hospitality electives are selected in consultation with the SHA academic advisor and the faculty advisor, and may include any SHA elective course. This excludes required courses listed above within specialization requirements. SHA courses are numbered as follows. The first number in the three-number sequence corresponds to the year of enrollment of the student (100-level courses are intended for freshmen, 200-level courses are for sophomores, 300-level courses are for juniors, and 400-level courses are for seniors). The second number in the three number sequence corresponds to the subject area of the course (0 = general, 1 = accounting and finance, 2 = food and beverage, 3 = human resources and leadership, 4 = industry work experience, 5 = law, 6 = marketing and strategy, 7 = lodging and property management, 8 = technology, 9 = special topics).
  4. General Electives (24 cr)
    • General electives are selected in consultation with the SHA academic advisor and faculty advisor, and may include any academic subject within the University. This excludes required courses listed above in distribution and specialization requirements, and also excludes non-credit PDP and ROTC courses.
  5. Supervised Field Experience (0 cr)
    • Through Supervised Field Experience, SHA HF 140 and HF 240, degree candidates acquire 800 hours of on-the-job experience in the hospitality industry. A written report is required of all candidates at the end of each of the two field experiences.
  6. International Experience (0 cr)
    • All SHA students are required to demonstrate significant exposure to a culture outside the United States by completing SHA HF 440. For many students, this experience may involve an internship at one of our Study Abroad sites. For others, it may involve specifically designed coursework completed at the University. Students may also propose independent projects to fulfill this requirement. (International students may use their study or work experience in the United States as their international experience.)

Freshman/Transfer Course Selection

Freshman and transfer students are guided in the selection of first-semester courses at a registration and orientation process held before the beginning of the semester. Students are encouraged to take at least one course at the School of Hospitality Administration each semester.