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Academic Program Guide

Hospitality and Tourism Management

College: Dedman College of Hospitality
Degree: BS
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: Renee Dyehouse
Address: Dedman College of Hospitality, University Center B 2200
Phone: (850) 644-8410

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available at BOTH the main campus in Tallahassee, FL and the Panama City, FL campus. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The program in hospitality management was established in 1947 in recognition of the demand for hotel and restaurant industry executives with the objective of providing the kind of education tomorrow’s hospitality manager will need. The curriculum is designed so that students must meet high standards of achievement in general education and must acquire not only the specialized knowledge needed for their hospitality industry careers, but also understand the basic functions, objectives and tools of management that are common to executive roles. This professional program is nationally and internationally known. Interested students should meet with an academic advisor for more information.

In the first two years at FSU, students should take courses to complete the following requirements: General Education requirements, Multicultural Course requirements, and Prerequisite Coursework requirements. Some courses may fulfill requirements in multiple areas.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: (12 hours)
The following courses must be completed with a C minus or better:

MAC 1105 (3) College Algebra
HFT 1000 (3) Introduction to Hospitality
ECO 2013 (3) Principles of Macroeconomics OR ECO 2023 (3) Principles of Microeconomics
CGS 2100 (3) Microcomputer Applications for Business OR CGS 2518 (3) Spreadsheets for Business (preferred)

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
Admission to the hospitality and tourism management degree requires the following:
1) Completion of at least 52 semester hours;
2) A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all college work attempted;
3) Satisfactory completion of all required prerequisite coursework; and
4) Successful completion of 1st & 2nd GE English and 1st & 2nd GE Math coursework.


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (39 hours)
Community college courses may not be substituted for 3000/4000 level courses.

All courses must be completed with a grade of C minus or better

Lower-Division Requirement: (3 hours)
HFT 1000 (3) Introduction to Hospitality

This course is a Term 4 milestone. Transfer students must complete it in their first term of enrollment at FSU.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (39 hours)
Students must earn a C minus or better and a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses used to satisfy the Hospitality and Tourism Management major requirements.

Hospitality Core Requirements (15 hours):
HFT 3424 (3) Hospitality Financial Analysis
HFT 3431 (3) Hospitality Managerial Accounting
HFT 4502 (3) Integrated Marketing for Hospitality
HFT 4224 (3) Hospitality Leadership and Ethics
HFT 3941 (3) Internship

Hospitality Major Area Courses: (24 hours)
HFT 3603 (3) Law for Hospitality Operations
HFT 3806 (3) Introduction to Food and Beverage Management
HFT 4253 (3) Lodging & Luxury Hotel Management
HFT 4471 (3) Revenue Management in Hospitality
HFT 4802 (3) Catering Management
Approved Electives (9) as outlined on department website
HFT 4941 (0) Work Experience

Hospitality and Tourism Management majors must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of HFT3941 (Management Internship).

Majors may complete additional credit hours (up to 12 total) of HFT3941 (Management Internship) and use them as substitutes for Elective Requirements (listed below). Students must have a total of 12 credit hours from HFT3941 + Elective Requirements.

An updated list of approved hospitality electives can be found on the department website:

Required Work Experience:
Students enrolled in the Hospitality and Tourism Management major must complete at least one thousand (1,000) hours of work experience in the hospitality industry. Any internship hours completed by the student will count toward this 1,000 total hour requirement. The work experience must be completed at the post- secondary level. Students must register for HFT 4941 Field Study in Hospitality Administration in their final semester to document this work experience.

Digital Literacy: (0 hours beyond prerequisites)
CGS 2100 (3) Microcomputer Applications for Business or CGS 2518 (3) Spreadsheets for Business meets this requirement for the major.

Oral Communication Competency: (3 hours beyond other requirements)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through with a University approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hours Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 12*
Major Coursework 39
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 0 beyond prerequisites
Oral Competency 3 beyond major coursework
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*Some Prerequisite courses may also be counted as part of General Education requirements.


Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at


1. Courses taken at a Community College may not be substituted for 3000/4000 level courses.
2. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, at least 30 of which must be taken at this University.
3. At least half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University. After enrolling at this University, all remaining major course requirements must be completed at this University.
4. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Summer program: European Summer Study in Switzerland and Food and Wine in Tuscany.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles: Hotel or Restaurant General Manager, Director of Operations, Director of Food and Beverage, Guest Service Director, Meeting Planner, Cruise Line Director, Events Manager, Casino General Manager, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Beverage Sales, Director of Revenue Management

Representative Employers: Hotels, Restaurants, Resorts, Tourism Organizations, Health Care Associations, Higher Education Institutions, Professional Associations, Retail Stores, Casinos, Cruise Ships, Theme Parks, Sports Organizations, Beverage Producers/Distributors

Placement: The Dedman College of Hospitality manages the placement service for their majors. About 75-80 companies visit campus each year, with a near 100% placement rate.

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