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Academic Program Guide

Hospitality Management and Tourism

College: Dedman College of Hospitality
Degree: BS
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Kim Burkes
Address: Dedman School of Hospitality 2202 Univ. Center, Bldg. B, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 644-8410

Description of Major
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 consult a faculty 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

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 limited access hospitality programs requires the following:
1) completion of at least 52 semester hours;
2) a cumulative grade point average on all college work attempted of at least 2.50;
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 Management and Tourism major requirements.

Hospitality Core Requirements: (18 hours):
HFT 3424 (3) Hospitality Financial Analysis
HFT 3431 (3) Hospitality Managerial Accounting
HFT 3806 (3) Introduction to Food and Beverage Management
HFT 4502 (3) Integrated Marketing for Hospitality
HFT 4224 (3) Hospitality Leadership and Ethics
HFT 3941 (3) Internship

Hospitality Major Area Courses (21 hours)
HFT 4253 (3) Lodging & Luxury Hotel Management
HFT 4471 (3) Revenue Management in Hospitality
HFT 3603 (3) Law for Hospitality Operations
HFT 4802 (3) Catering Management
HFT or LEI (3) Elective
HFT or LEI (3) Elective
HFT or LEI (3) Elective
HFT 4941 (0) Work Experience

Hospitality Management and Tourism 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.

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. 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.

Hospitality electives from the following list of courses (9 hours)
HFT 2060 (3) Coffee, Tea & International Culture
HFT 2061 (3) Ales, Lagers & International Culture (Multicultural X course)
HFT 2062 (3) International Wine and Culture (Multicultural X course)
HFT 2063 (3) Distilled Spirits & International Culture
HFT 2080 (3) International Protocol (Multicultural Y course)
HFT 2452 (3) Supply Management
HFT 2716 (3) International Travel & Culture (Multicultural X course)
HFT 2890 (3) International Food & Culture (Multicultural X course)
HFT 3100 (3) Intro to Global Club Management
HFT 3240 (3) Managing Services Organizations
HFT 3242 (3) Communication in Hospitality
HFT 3270 (3) Resort Operations
HFT 3275 (3) Resort Development
HFT 3515 (3) Services Marketing & Research
HFT 3519 (3) Convention Services & Event Management
HFT 3542 (3) Event Management
HFT 3700 (3) Tourism Management & the Environment
HFT 3891 (3) Global Food Controversies
HFT 4064 (3) Ales/Lagers and Culture
HFT 4205 (3) Conversational Spanish for Hospitality Managers
HFT 4866 (3) Wine and Culture
HFT 4930r (3) Special Topics in Hospitality

Computer Skills Competency: (0 hours beyond prerequisites) CGS 2100 (3) or CGS 2518 (3).

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
Computer Skills 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.
5. Summer program: European Summer Study in Switzerland.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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

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

Placement: The Dedman College of Hospitality manages the placement service for their majors. About 35-40 companies visit campus each year, with a 90% placement rate.

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