Hotel and Hospitality Management Major (B.S.)

Hotel and Hospitality Management Major (B.S.)
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Starting Fall 2024 this program will become an option in the B.S. in Business Administration major, providing students greater flexibility to fit their interests and career goals.

The B.S. in Hotel and Hospitality Management degree program prepares you to manage people, operations, and investments in hotels, events, restaurants, tourism and services. This business degree provides you industry specific knowledge on top of a very solid foundation of business and economics. The program is flexible and offers the following tracks: Hotel and Hospitality Management, Hotel Administration and Analytics and Food Service and Event Management. Or you can select your own set of electives. Explore program details below in the "Requirements for the Program" section.


Hotel and hospitality management focuses on managing areas of business that provide accommodation, dining, events, and leisure activities. This includes everything from the largest hotel or casino to the smallest cafe. Hospitality managers oversee various aspects including staff coordination, food and beverage service management, event planning and design, and real estate development. Across all these professions the primary goal of hospitality management remains the same: to ensure every guest has a flawless and memorable experience. 


In the hotel and hospitality management major at UNH you will get a strong foundation in business and economics along with in-demand industry specific knowledge and experience. Learn about the various areas of the industry to discover what you might want to focus in and complete an on-the-job, paid work experience, much of it through internship. A large and active alumni base will help you build your professional network. Career placement is excellent at nearly 100 percent six months post-graduation, with salaries competitive to the market. If you are from Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, or Vermont you are eligible for tuition reduction under the New England Regional Student Program equal to 175% of UNH’s in-state tuition cost. 

Potential careers

  • Convention services management
  • Event planning and design
  • Food and beverage management
  • Hospitality corporate finance
  • Hospitality real estate development
  • Hotel and resort operations management
  • Sales and marketing management
  • Small business owner
  • Social media management
  • Revenue and pricing management
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Curriculum & Requirements

Hotel and Hospitality Management is more than an area of study; it’s a way of life. At the second-oldest four-year degree program in the country you will study and work using state-of-the art technology and facilities, receiving relevant industry certifications.

The Hotel and Hospitality Management program curriculum comprises foundation courses in hospitality management, business administration courses, and a number of University Discovery Program courses. A wide range of elective courses complement the foundation courses.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

To graduate, students must obtain a 2.3 grade-point average in all major required courses and a minimum grade of C- in each Paul College major course. A student must have a minimum of 400-hours of on-the-job, paid work experience in the hospitality industry, earned through a structured paid internship.

A typical plan of study is as follows, showing the requirements of the program. Students complete 16-18 credits per semester, which includes major requirements, electives for the major, Discovery Program requirements, and free electives offered across the college and university.

Hotel and Hospitality Management (HMGT) Core Courses:
HMGT 401Introduction to the Hospitality Industry4
HMGT 405Introduction to Food and Service Management4
HMGT 554Lodging Operations Management4
HMGT 618Uniform Systems for the Hospitality Industry4
HMGT 635Hospitality Human Resource Management4
HMGT 655Hospitality Finance and Development4
HMGT 703Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry 14
or HMGT 667 Advanced Food & Beverage Operations & Event Management
Three(3) HMGT Elective Courses 212
Four Hundred(400) hours - paid practicum hours through pre-approved work experiences
Required Courses (Non-HMGT):
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 510Business Statistics4
ADMN 585Marketing4
MATH 422Mathematics for Business Applications4
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1
Two(2) BiP courses: PAUL 660, PAUL 670, PAUL 680, or PAUL 690 34
PAUL 690BiP-Professional Intelligence Topics (HMGT specific BiP course titled HMGT: Prep for Success) 42
PHIL 431Business Ethics4
One Non-HMGT Elective Course (approved list below)4
Total Credits77

Additional Tracks in Hotel and Hospitality Management

Students may decide to concentrate their electives in a particular area and select one of two tracks (see below), or may combine courses from the two tracks to fulfill the elective requirement.

Food Service and Event Management Track

Required for Track:
HMGT 661Event Design, Planning, and Management4
HMGT 667Advanced Food & Beverage Operations & Event Management (capstone)4
Select two(2) of the following courses:8
HMGT 570
International Food and Culture
HMGT 681
Contemporary Resort Development and Management
HMGT 771
International Wine and Beverage
HMGT 777
Casino Management

Hotel Administration and Analytics Track

Required for Track:
HMGT 703Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry (capstone)4
HMGT 758Revenue Management and Pricing4
Select two(2) of the following courses:8
HMGT 798
Topics (Hospitality Asset and Financial Management)
HMGT 798
Topics (Hospitality Operations and Financial Metrics)
FIN 708
Real Estate Finance

Approved Non-HMGT Electives List 6

ADMN 410
Management Information Systems
ADMN 575
Behavior in Organizations
CMN 500
Public Speaking
ECOG 401
Introduction to Ecogastronomy
ECON 402
Principles of Economics (Micro)
ENGL 502
Professional and Technical Writing
IA 401
International Perspectives
MKTG 520
Topics in Marketing (Understanding Your Customer)
MKTG 649
Foundations of Personal Selling
MKTG 752
Marketing Research
MKTG 753
Consumer/Buyer Behavior
PSYC 401
Introduction to Psychology
RMP 490
Recreation & Tourism in Society
RMP 501
Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities
RMP 661
Leadership in Recreation Services
RMP 680
Festival and Event Planning
SUST 401
Exploring Sustainability
TOUR 400
Introduction to Tourism
TOUR 510
Tourism and Global Understanding

HMGT degree students must take HMGT 703 or HMGT 667 as their capstone  course.


Students can not include their elected Capstone course (HMGT 703 or HMGT 667) as one of their three HMGT elective course requirements. It may only apply to one degree requirement.


Students may take any combination of four(4) credits of BiP intelligence attribute courses: PAUL 660, PAUL 670, PAUL 680 or PAUL 690, or any course that has an assigned BiP intelligence attribute (BIPS, BIPA, BIPC, BIPP).

Student may not apply the required HMGT- PAUL 690 course to fulfill this requirement.


HMGT students must take an HMGT designated BiP Professional PAUL 690course. Please check with the Paul Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office if you have questions.  


Please note: HMGT 798 Topics and MKTG 520 Topics in Marketing are topics course designations; you must register for the specific Topics Course Title designated in the catalog.


Some courses have pre-requisites or major restrictions on sections. Students are responsible for checking pre-requisites and section permissions. 

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to solve complex problems.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the core content areas of the hospitality industry.
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Students will identify and understand the ethical dimensions and implications of business decisions.
  • Students will demonstrate a global awareness of challenges facing hospitality businesses.
  • Students will engage in effective team behaviors.

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