About the Program

Q: What personal characteristics make for a successful graduate of this program?
A: People-oriented and service-minded individuals tend to perform well in the program. Students who work well with others are better prepared for the collaborative work environments they would experience in the field.

Q: Is this program accredited?
A: The program was established in 1985 and initial accreditation was received in 2004 and renewed in 2010 from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). We are the only 4-year program in North Dakota accredited by ACPHA.

Q: Do I get an academic advisor when I declare the major?
A: Yes.  HTM majors with fewer than 60 credits are advised by a Department Professional Academic Advisor.  Students with at least 60 credits are assigned to one of the full time HTM faculty.

Q: What is a typical class size?
A: Core classes typically range from 25-40 students; electives may run from 12-35.

Q: What student organizations are associated with this major?  
A: We have a very active student organization called the Hospitality Student Association (HSA). They meet monthly, bring in industry speakers, tour local operations, plan and undertake study trips of their own (w/ faculty advisors of course), and plan and produce a food and wine show each spring.  Involvement provides students with leadership and networking opportunities. 

Q: Is a minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management available through this program?
A: Yes, an 18-credit HTM minor is offered. See: Curriculum Guide 

Program Requirements and Curriculum

Q: What courses will give me a broad scope to help determine if this is the right major for me?
A: The program offers two introductory courses that are open to all majors.  These are ADHM 140 (Introduction to the Hospitality Industry) and ADHM 141 (Tourism and Travel Management). 

Q: Is a business minor required for this degree?
A: Yes, the Business minor is required to obtain the HTM degree. The minor does allow you to choose 4 business electives tailored to your field of interest (e.g., Organization Behavior, Human Resources, International Marketing, etc.) in addition to the core courses.  

Q: What kinds of “hands on”, experiential learning is available?
A: Many of our classes involve hands-on projects and activities.  Examples include food and dining laboratories where students plan the menu and produce the food; beverage tastings facilitated by members of the industry; class field trips for tours of hospitality operations; and study tours to different tourism capitals such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York.

Q: Is an internship required?  Where do students go for internships?  Are internships paid?  Are we placed into an internship site or must we find our own?
A: Yes, a summer internship (ADHM 496 Field Experience) is required after students reach Junior standing (60 credits).  Students are required to complete 240 hours at a hospitality or tourism organization of their choice, with approval from the internship coordinator.  Although students are encouraged to seek paid internships, this will depend on the internship sponsor.  Students consult with their academic advisors early in the program and with the internship coordinator once eligible to enroll in the class. 

Q:  What is a study tour? How is it different from a field trip?
A: A study tour is a short term learning opportunity that is completed off-campus. Study tours are offered approximately once per year and are variable credit. Study tours are not required and are optional course offerings for majors and minors in the program. This is an opportunity for students to learn more about the industry beyond what can be taught in the classrooms. 
A field trip is also an activity that is completed off campus. However, this is a built-in activity within a class that a student is taking. Examples include tours of local restaurants and hotels, as well as resorts in the surrounding areas.

Q: Is there a minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement for this program?
A: Yes, an overall University GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate from the program.  The college of Business requires a GPA of 2.5 for the courses included for the business minor.

Q: Do I need any special equipment or computer hardware/software for this program?
A: No, access to software or course-specific websites will be provided.

Q: What number of courses is taught online vs. in the classroom?
A: About 20-25% of the classes are offered both online and face to face.  Currently online classes are offered during the summer session.

Q: Is it possible to study abroad and still graduate within 4 years?
A: Yes, it is possible with careful and early planning.  Students should work with their academic advisers early in the program to ensure timely completion. 

Career Outlook

Q: What kinds of careers does this major prepare me for?
A: The major provides a strong foundation for a wide range of career opportunities.

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Lodging Managers Outlook

Restaurant Managers Outlook

Meeting and Convention Planners Outlook

Q: What is the percentage of the graduates finding a job?
A: Many of our students already work in the industry while they are going to school so several who stay in the area do get absorbed full time in at their organizations.  NDSU Career Center, Annual Employment Report shows the placement rate of Hospitality & Tourism Management students with their salary range; HTM is on page 7 of the document: http://ndsu.edu/fileadmin/career/2011annualreport.pdf

Q: What career networking opportunities might be available during my four years of study?
A: We bring in industry guest speakers (who are also sometimes our alumni) to connect with the students.  We conduct industry tours as class field trips (e.g., Madden's Resort for the Resort and Spa Management class) and also formal study tours for credit (e.g., in May 2012, we went to Los Angeles for a 6-day, 3-credit study tour).  

We also keep in touch with internship sponsors, particularly if our students have excellent internship experiences there.

The program also has an Advisory Board composed of professionals from different segments of the industry.

The Hospitality Student Organization also plans field trips which usually involve industry tours.