B.S. Hospitality Administration

A degree in Hospitality Administration prepares students to begin their careers in a variety of industry sectors: hotel operations, sales and revenue, marketing, human resources, food and beverage management, real estate development, event management – even entrepreneurial ventures.

Degree Requirements

All students entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and beyond 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 Administration 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.

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, monitored and supervised by staff, 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.

The Hospitality Administration major curriculum includes the following requirements:

Foundational Courses 32 cr.
SHA Core Courses 48 cr.
SHA Elective Courses 12 cr.
BU Hub Curriculum/Electives 36 cr.
2 Field Experiences 0 cr.
1 International Experience 0 cr.


Sample Schedule

What might your four years at SHA be like? Here’s a sample lineup to give you an idea. But the possibilities don’t end here. Take a look at the different specialization, distribution, and elective courses to imagine all the ways you can mix it up to make an experience all your own.

Foundational Courses

You can’t beat a broad foundation. These courses develop your writing skills, give you an economics foundation, advance your mathematical comprehension, hone your knowledge of another language, and give you a chance to enrich yourself with humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences coursework.

SHA Core Courses

These are the courses that introduce you to the amazing breadth of the hospitality industry. Seminars, discussions, and lectures help you think critically and advance your knowledge base, while the Field Experience components give you a real-world understanding of what it’s like outside the classroom.

SHA Elective Courses

Our electives are your chance to explore the industry or dive deeper into an area of interest. Students are required to complete a total of 12 credits of hospitality electives.

BU HUB Curriculum/Electives

General elective courses should be selected by the student to complement and broaden the student’s background. Students are required to complete four academic courses (36 credits) of general electives at any college within the University. Students may fulfill their general elective requirements with hospitality electives (SHA) or communication electives (COM) if so desired. The Physical Education and ROTC courses do not count toward degree credit.

Supervised Field Placement [0 cr.]

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.

International Experience [0 cr.]

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 attaining an internship abroad. Students are able to satisfy this requirement in alternative ways as well.


The School of Hospitality Administration offers flexibility in the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration program. Students are not required to choose a concentration, however, concentrations allow students to focus their degree on an area of particular interest to them.

SHA Shared Experience Project – Learning Communities

To maximize the efficiency of the learning process and increase student integration, students that enter SHA as freshmen, complete a portion of the curriculum as a single unit.

  • Fall Semester Freshmen Year: HF 100
  • Spring Semester Freshmen Year: HF 120, HF 270
  • Fall Semester Sophomore Year: HF 210, HF 220, HF 260

Other courses can be taken in a more flexible sequence, according to course prerequisites, with the guidance of the Director Student Service and faculty advisors.

Plan Your Schedule

You should work closely with your advisor to plan the schedule that best meets your academic needs. Pay close attention to course prerequisites so you plan your courses in the correct order. Students are strongly encouraged to enter their schedule into the “Planner” function on the Student Link. This online tool allows you to create and modify your schedule before registering for the courses. Please note that this tool greatly assists SHA in better establishing demand for courses. This list assists students with planning enrollments. Please note that this schedule is subject to modification. New courses are under development and this the table will be updated as curriculum decisions are made, so please check back before making registration choices.

Our Learning Outcomes

The Hospitality Administration curriculum is carefully designed in order to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe the segments, history, icons, market leaders, lexicon and service elements of the hospitality industry.
  • Apply the competencies in the core functional areas (e.g. finance/accounting, operations, human resources, and marketing) of hospitality management.
  • Synthesize the critical thinking of hospitality systems: financial, operational, human resource and design.
  • Develop interpersonal skills: communication, team building, leadership and cultural diversity awareness.