Frequently Asked Questions

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 from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). The most current renewal was received in 2017. We are the only 4-year program in North Dakota accredited by ACPHA.

Q: Is a business minor required for this degree?
A: Yes, the Business minor is required to obtain the HEM degree. The minor does allow you to choose four business electives tailored to your field of interest in addition to the core courses.

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 International Travel Management).

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.


Program Requirements and Curriculum

Q: What is a typical class size?
A: Classes typically range from 10-25 students.  Courses offered by HEM that are open to non-majors may have larger class sizes. 

Q: Do I get an academic advisor when I declare the major?
A: Yes. HEM majors are assigned to one of the full time HTM faculty.  

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 student organizations are associated with this major?
A: We have a very active student organization called the Hospitality Student Association. 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 the Food and Wine Show each spring. Involvement provides students with leadership and networking opportunities.

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 Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.

Q: What number of courses is taught online vs. in the classroom?
A: About 30-50% of the classes are offered online and hybrid.  All summer offerings are offered online.

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 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. 

Q: Is a minor in Hospitality and Event Management available through this program?
A: Yes, an 18-credit HEM minor is offered.


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 in the following industry segments:

  • Restaurants, catering, and other food and beverage operations
  • Hotels, resorts, and other lodging operations
  • Meetings, conventions, and event planning
  • Travel, tourism, and transportation
  • Theme parks, private clubs, and gaming operations
  • Services sales and marketing

Learn about our alumni's career  HERE.

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. The NDSU Career Outcomes Reportshows the placement rate of Hospitality & Event Management students with their salary range; HEM is on page 12 of the document:

Q: What career networking opportunities might be available during my four years of study?
A: Students are able to interact with industry professionals throughout their stay in the program. We invite industry guest speakers and alumni to classes and HSA events. The program has an Advisory Board composed of professionals from different segments of the industry. We also keep in touch with internship hosts, particularly if our students have excellent internship experiences there. We conduct industry tours as class field trips, formal study tours for credit, or as part of HSA activities.



Grow your spark into a flame!

Hospitality and Event Management
Jeongdoo Park
Associate Professor/Program Coordinator of Hospitality and Event Management 
E. Morrow Lebedeff Hall 304
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: 701-231-8224
Fax: 701-231-5273

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