BS in Hospitality & Communication

The Hospitality & Communication major is a Bachelor of Science program offered by the School of Hospitality Administration (SHA), in collaboration with the College of Communication (COM). SHA has recognized that there is a growing need for hospitality professionals to possess expertise in communication and its disciplines: public relations; advertising; TV, radio, and film; and media production. The program in Hospitality & Communication is intended to offer a synergistic approach to respond to a growing demand for hospitality professionals with detailed knowledge of modern communication techniques. These two educational fields are intrinsically connected, as well-honed communication skills are especially critical to success in the hospitality industry. The focused program of study will offer students a comprehensive foundation in the lodging and restaurant sectors while also honing the communication skills necessary for careers involving creative and strategic marketing.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the segments (e.g., lodging, food service, events, etc.), history, icons, market leaders, lexicon, and service elements of the hospitality industry.
  2. Apply skills and knowledge in the core functional areas (e.g., finance/accounting, operations, human resources, and marketing) of hospitality management.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of hospitality as a system comprising the core functional areas (e.g., finance/accounting, operations, human resources, and marketing).
  4. Develop interpersonal skills: communication, team-building, leadership, and cultural diversity awareness.
  5. Understand marketing communications campaign strategy, content development, media planning, and consumer insight within the hospitality arena.
  6. Learn and apply communication tools for hospitality companies in key areas, including content marketing, social media, and social campaign development.

Requirements

All students entering as freshmen in fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements are flexible and can be satisfied in many different ways, through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. Students majoring in Hospitality and Communication will ordinarily, through coursework in the major, satisfy some BU Hub requirements in Philosophical, Aesthetic and Historical Interpretation; Scientific and Social Inquiry; Quantitative Reasoning; Diversity, Civic Engagement, and Global Citizenship; Communication, and the Intellectual Toolkit. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied by selecting from a wide range of available courses outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.

Degree Requirements

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

Major Requirements

Foundational Courses (24 credits)

  • CAS EC 101 Introductory Microeconomic Analysis
  • CAS EC 102 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis
  • CAS MA 113 Elementary Statistics or CAS MA 115 Statistics I
  • CAS MA 119 Applied Mathematics for Personal Finance Sciences
  • Two semesters of a second language

SHA Core Courses (24 credits)

  • SHA HF 100 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry (4 cr)
  • SHA HF 210 Financial Accounting for the Hospitality Industry (4 cr)
  • SHA HF 220 Food & Beverage Management (4 cr)
  • SHA HF 260 Hospitality Marketing Principles (4 cr)
  • SHA HF 270 Lodging Operations and Technology (4 cr)
  • SHA HF 375 Meetings & Conventions (4 cr)

SHA Elective Courses (12 credits)

Students are required to complete a total of 12 credits of hospitality electives. Please see the most up-to-date offering of electives on the School curriculum website. Hospitality electives are offered in 1-, 2-, or 4-credit courses. When selecting the electives, student should consider their career objectives and personal interests. It is important to make sure that you have completed any prerequisite courses before registering for hospitality electives. Information on prerequisites can be found in the course description.

COM Core Courses (16 credits)

*NOTES:
Students may not start taking COM courses until their sophomore year.
More than one COM Core course may be taken at a time.

  • COM CM 215 Principles and Practices of Public Relations (4 cr)
  • COM CM 217 Introduction to Advertising (4 cr)
  • COM CM 331 Writing For Communication (4 cr)

And choose one of:

  • COM CM 442 Business Fundamentals for Public Relations OR
  • COM CM 448 International Public Relations OR
  • COM CM 513 Investor Relations OR
  • COM CM 539 Health Campaigns

COM Electives (16 credits)

Choose one course from each pair:

COM CM 417 Fundamentals of Creative Development (4 cr)
or
COM CM 441 Media Strategies and Management (4 cr)

AND

COM CM 313 Corporate Public Relations (4 cr)
or
COM CM 419 Advertising Management (4 cr)

AND

COM CM 412 Consumer Insight & Account Planning (4 cr)
or
COM CM 443 Digital Media and PR (4 cr)

AND

COM CM 416 Strategic Brand Solutions (4 cr)
or
COM CM 522 Crisis Communication (4 cr)

General Electives (16 credits or more if necessary to reach 128 total credits)

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. General electives can also be used to fulfill BU Hub requirements.

Supervised Field Experience (0 credits)

In addition to regular coursework, students complete a field placement requirement: two 400-hour, non-credit internships. The purpose of each internship is to help the students make connections in the field as well as gain the kind of experience that will allow them to obtain meaningful employment after graduation. Note: At least one of these internships must take place, with approval, within the hospitality industry.

International Experience (0 credits)

This requirement is generally fulfilled by studying and/or working abroad, or by completing another pre-approved option with an international focus. Students typically enroll in a BU Study Abroad program, another approved study abroad program, or attain an internship abroad. Students are able to satisfy this requirement in alternative ways as well.