Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM) Hero Image

Become a hospitality leader in one of the world’s largest industries.

As a hotel, restaurant and institutional management (HRIM) major, you’ll prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in the hospitality industry. The possibilities are endless: you could manage a hotel, food and beverage operation or country club; own a restaurant; or plan weddings, meetings, events and conferences.

Our program is consistently ranked as one of the best hospitality management majors and is in the top 10 hospitality programs. We are large enough to lead, but small enough to care personally for each student.

The curriculum is based in business management, with specialized hospitality industry courses. You’ll learn by experience in our two on-campus learning labs: Vita Nova fine-dining restaurant and the award-winning Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware.


Global Experiences

Over half of our students study abroad during the program. There are a variety of Winter and Summer session programs around the globe. You could also study for a semester at the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality in Switzerland or the SIAF campus in Volterra, Italy.

Practical Work and Community Service Experience

Nothing complements classroom-based learning like practical, on-the-job learning. The HRIM program requires 700 hours of paid hospitality-related work experience and 100 hours of community service.

Industry Experience

All classes are taught by faculty with real industry experience and academic credentials. And through the Blue Hen Alumni Network and events like the Hospitality Career Fair and the Paul Wise Executive in Residence Speaker Series, industry alumni, leaders and managers frequently visit campus to meet, mentor and hire our students. A variety of student clubs take our students to national industry conferences, providing networking opportunities with leaders and managers in the hospitality field.

Honors in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management

The honors program at UD offers a scholarly and enriching community that extends well beyond graduation. You’ll enjoy smaller, more challenging classes and the opportunity to engage in research and assume leadership roles. The Hospitality Business Management department offers a special HSBM “Lerner to Leader” program where each semester honors students interact with industry leaders and visit corporate headquarters.

The honors degree requires:

  1. All requirements for the B.S. in hotel, restaurant and institutional management
  2. All of the UD requirements for the honors baccalaureate degree


Suggested course sequence.

Freshman Year

First Semester
HOSP180 Introduction to Hospitality
ECON101 Introduction to Microeconomics
MATH114, 115, 221 or 241
Foreign language (3 or 4 credits)
BUAD110 Basics of Business

Second semester
HOSP201 Food Principles
HOSP211 Food Principles Lab (1 credit)
HOSP187 Intro to Hospitality Information Management
ENGL110 Seminar in Composition
ECON103 Introduction to Macroeconomics
History and cultural change breadth course

Sophomore Year

First semester
HOSP230 Executive Presentations or COMM212
NTDT200 Nutrition Concepts
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
ACCT207 Accounting I
Free elective (HRIM elective suggested)

Second semester
BUAD301 Introduction to Marketing
HOSP321 Quantity Food Service Management (1 credit)
HOSP325 Quantity Food Service Management Lab (2 credits)
STAT200 or MATH 201 (statistics)
Free elective
Free elective

Junior Year

First semester
FINC311 Principles of Finance
BUAD309 Organizational Behavior
HOSP480 Human Resources Management in the Hospitality Industry
Free elective
Free elective

Second semester
Lodging module; courses taken together:
HOSP327 Property Engineering
HOSP380 Management of Lodging Operations
HOSP382 Managerial Accounting & Finance in the Hospitality Industry
HOSP481 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry
HOSP488 Lodging Management Practicum I (4 credits)

Senior Year

First semester
HOSP489 HRIM Restaurant Management Practicum II (7 credits)
HOSP381 Management of Food & Beverage Operations
ENGL312 Written Communications in Business
HOSP418 Beverage Management
Free elective

Second Semester
HOSP482 Law of Innkeeping
HOSP450 Strategic Hospitality Management
Free elective
Free elective


Jobs for the HRIM majors include:

  • Hotel manager
  • Restaurateur
  • Sales and marketing manager
  • Meeting and event planner
  • Wedding planner
  • Catering sales manager
  • Country club manager
  • Food and beverage manager
  • Entrepreneur

Where Our Graduates Work

  • Marriott International
  • Disney
  • Hillstone Restaurants
  • Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
  • Starbucks
  • Wegmans

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