Program Requirements & 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.