2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog *As of 10/16/2023 
    Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog *As of 10/16/2023

Hospitality and Tourism Management, B.S.

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Departmental Requirements

Students wishing to pursue a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management must meet all University of Maryland Eastern Shore entrance requirements. First-year students must take a Basic Skills Test during their first semester as a major and demonstrate ability at a determined grade level. In order to remain in good standing in Hospitality and Tourism Management Department degree programs, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 with no grade less than “C” in major coursework or general education courses, where required. Transfers into the major must present an overall GPA of not less than 2.0. All majors must show progress in major and professional course work, attend and actively participate in the Student Professional Association (Eta Rho Mu), and demonstrate interest in the hospitality industry.

All Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) majors are required to complete 1000 hours of hospitality work experience as a requirement for graduation.

Specific business attire, culinary uniform requirements and related requirements are available in the HTM Student Handbook.

Students majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management must complete a total of 120 hours of University courses. This includes 41 credit hours of General Education Requirements, 66 hours of major core requirements, 3 credit hours of supportive courses and -10 hours of departmental electives.

Career Opportunities

The bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management at UMES prepares graduates for a wide variety of entry-level management positions in the hospitality industry. These include hotel front office, housekeeping, and marketing positions, as well as banquet, restaurant and special event management. Broader foodservice areas include contract operations, quick service to upscale freestanding restaurant management, and private catering as lucrative career paths. The prevalence of major overlapping skill sets in the hospitality industry means that graduates will also be prepared for a selection of complimentary management career paths in travel/tourism, entertainment and related supportive industry services. While preparation for management is at the core of the HTM curriculum, sufficient emphasis is placed on entrepreneurship for those individuals who are motivated to own their own business and create long-term wealth.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements

All students are expected to complete a common body of academic course work. The General Education Requirements are designed to promote the development of a comprehensive educational base which will effectively support a student’s choice of a major concentration.

Curriculum Area I - Arts and Humanities: Credits 9

Select two courses from any of the courses within Disciplines A - D, and ENGL 203 from Discipline E:

Curriculum Area II - Social and Behavioral Sciences: Credits 6

Students must select one course in each of two disciplines.

Curriculum Area IV - Mathematics: Credits 3

MATH 099  does not satisfy the General Education Requirement or count towards graduation. Students must attain a grade of “C” or better to pass MATH 099 .

Curriculum Area V - English Composition: Credits 9

Curriculum Area VI - Emerging Issues: Credits 7

Students must complete 3 courses as defined by the department.

Total Required for General Education: Credits 41

1Students must pass ENGL 101  and ENGL 102  with grade of “C” or above before taking ENGL 203 .

2Honors students should take honors courses.

Supporting Course Requirements: Credits 3

Students must complete:

Curriculum Guide for Hospitality and Tourism Management


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