B.S. Hospitality and Communication

Behind the growing international hospitality industry are the strategic communicators who share the story of a new destination, hotel, restaurant, or service. A degree in Hospitality and Communication offers students a strong foundation in the lodging and restaurant sectors while honing the skills necessary for creative and strategic marketing skills. In partnership with the College of Communications, students will have greater opportunities to learn across disciplines and collaborate with a broader network of BU’s faculty.

Degree Requirements

All students 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. All BU students are required to take 26 units of Hub requirements.

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.

A candidate for the degree must earn 128 credits/units between BU Hub, major, and elective courses. In addition, 600 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.

The Hospitality and Communication major curriculum includes the following requirements:

Foundational Courses 32 cr.
SHA Core Courses 24 cr.
COM Core Courses 16 cr.
SHA Elective Courses 12 cr.
COM Elective Courses 16 cr.
General Electives (including 26 Hub requirements) 28 units/cr.
2 Field Experiences 0 cr.
1 International Experience 0 cr.

Sample Schedule

Foundational Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality & Communication will provide you with strong foundation courses taken in the College of Arts and Sciences that develop students’ writing skills, provide an economics groundwork, advance mathematical comprehension, hone knowledge of another language, and give you an opportunity to enrich yourself with humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences coursework.

Core Courses

The sequence of core requirements courses provide a broad foundation in hospitality and event management, as well as communication studies.

SHA Elective Courses: 12 credits

Students are required to complete a total of 12 credits of hospitality electives. Students in the Hospitality and Communications major can take any SHA course as an elective. A list of the tentative elective course offerings for the 2019-20 academic year can be found below:

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 28 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.