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Hospitality and Tourism Management

As the nation’s number one retail employer, the hospitality and tourism industry employs millions of people. The demand for managers continues to grow as the demand for services grows. Along with this demand for services is an increasing emphasis on comfort, convenience and personalized attention. All of these factors increase the need for effective and efficient professionals to manage hospitality operations and lead teams of people.

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Background Information

The hospitality and tourism industry continues to grow with hotels and restaurants remaining open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet the demands of our traveling society. According to the National Restaurant Association, the food service industry employs about 12.7 million workers. This means that almost one of every 10 working Americans is a restaurant employee. There are approximately 50,000 hotels in the United States with over 4.6 million rooms. The lodging industry employs 1.8 million people. The hospitality and tourism industry also includes careers in convention and meeting planning as well as resorts, casinos and entertainment venues.

The Program

The hospitality and tourism management (HTM) major, housed in the Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management at North Dakota State University, begins with a solid foundation in general education courses. Students then begin to study the management of resources such as people, materials, money, technology and time. Courses in these areas include personnel management, accounting, promotion and marketing, computer science, economics and business law. Next, students complete their major course work in HTM, concentrating on producing quality services in the food and lodging industry. Courses in this area include tourism and travel management, hospitality law, sales and marketing management, food sanitation and other related food and hotel courses. A minor in business is required with this major. Students must have an overall 2.5 grade point average to enroll in business administration classes. The faculty in the HTM program have excellent academic credentials in addition to industry experience. Students will find the faculty easy to approach in small class sizes for personal attention and assistance.

The HTM program at NDSU is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).

Student Advisement

An advisor is assigned to work with each student majoring in HTM. The academic advisor helps students set goals for their college work, choose courses and seek meaningful work experiences during their college career. In addition to the academic advisor, each incoming freshman and transfer student is assigned a student advisor to help with routine questions and to give assistance in adjusting to college life.

Work Experience

The Fargo-Moorhead area provides many quality lodging and food service operations for students to gain work experience while completing their degrees. Supervised, on-the-job experience (internship) is also required of all students in a professional work setting. Students complete the field experience during the summer between their junior and senior years. Placement is determined by the student’s desire for type of operation and preferred geographic location.

Career Opportunities

Because of the breadth of the industry, HTM graduates have a wide range of career alternatives. Graduates have found positions within restaurants, hotels and motels, recreational facilities, school and college food services, hotel training division services, health care facilities, resort hotels, catering, and food and beverage administration. Several major companies visit NDSU and hire HTM graduates for careers in the regional, national and international arena. The starting salary for a graduate in the HTM field can range from $28,000 to $40,000 with great possibility for increase in salary after the completion of management training.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Office of Student Financial Services makes available grants, loans, scholarships and work-study employment. Scholarships are also available through the Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management. Additionally, several hospitality associations have funds for scholarships, which are awarded by the associations through regional and national competition. Contact the Office of Student Financial Services, Bison Connection or the Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management for additional information.

Sample Curriculum

General Education RequirementsCredits
First Year Experience
  HD&E 189 - Skills for Academic Success1
  COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
  ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II 3, 3
  English Upper Level Writing Course3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Science & Technology
  CHEM 117 - Chemical Concepts and Applications or
   CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

  CSCI 114 - Microcomputer Packages or
   CSCI 116 - Business Use of Computers

3 or 4
  Science and Technology Electives3-4
Humanities & Fine Arts6
Social & Behavioral Sciences
  ECON 105 - Elements of Economics3
  Social & Behavioral Science Elective3
Cultural Diversity-
Global Perspective
  ECON 105 - Elements of Economics3
College/Department Requirements Credits
HD&E 320 - Professional Issues
Total 1
Major Requirements Credits
ADHM 140 - Introduction to Hospitality Industry 3
ADHM 141 - Tourism and Travel Management 3
ADHM 241 - Hospitality Accounting 3
ADHM 360 - Lodging Operations Management 3
ADHM 368 - Interior Materials and Maintenance 3
ADHM 381 - Hospitality Marketing and Sales 3
ADHM 404, 404L - Restaurant Operations
   Management and Lab

ADHM 435 - Cost Control in Hospitality and Food Service

ADHM 467 - Hospitality Law 3
ADHM 479 - Hospitality Industry Management Strategies 3
ADHM 496 - Field Experience 3
HNES 141 - Food Sanitation 1
HNES 261 - Food Selection and Preparation Principles 3
HNES 261L - Food Selection and Preparation Principles Lab 2
Option Credits 10-12
Total 51
Related Requirements Credits
Business Minor Courses 24
Electives 6
Curriculum Total 122-124

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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Contact Information

Connie Eggers, Academic Advisor
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Dept #2600,PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-9847 / Fax: (701) 231-7174


Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Dept #2610, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8604 / Fax: (701) 231-5273

Office of Admission
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