Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Undergraduate Programs

Students at Vita Nova


Which Program Is Right for You?

Major in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM)

Prepare to manage a hotel; own a restaurant; plan events or operate a country club, casino, foodservice operation or resort. You benefit from experience-driven learning in our two learning labs on campus: Vita Nova fine dining restaurant and the Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

Major in Hospitality Industry Management (HSIM)

Prepare for a career in hospitality consulting or in the corporate office. This degree emphasizes developing analytical skills and is customized to your focus area of interest.

Minor in Restaurant Management

Gain an understanding of the global food and beverage industry. You’ll apply your knowledge and develop your skills in the Vita Nova fine dining restaurant. The restaurant management minor can be paired with any major except HRIM or HSIM.


Work and Volunteer Requirement

An integral part of the HRIM and HSIM programs is the work (700 hours) and volunteer (100 hours) requirement. The time you spend experiencing the hospitality industry firsthand helps you discover your interests and find career opportunities.

And it works: our recent graduating class had a 100% rate of employment at the time of graduation.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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