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Become a Decision-Maker in the Hospitality Industry

As a hospitality industry management (HSIM) student, you will develop the analytical skills to prepare you for careers in hospitality consulting and in the corporate office.

The HSIM program is a business degree with a hospitality emphasis. You can customize this major to fit your interests. Along with your advisor, you’ll choose a focus area such as revenue management, resort real estate development, hospitality e-commerce or tourism sustainability, so that you can specialize in a particular area of hospitality, one of the world’s largest industries.


Student Organizations

Hospitality student organizations take students to national industry conferences and provide networking opportunities with leaders and managers in the hospitality field.

Practical Work and Service Experience

Nothing complements classroom-based learning like practical, on-the-job learning. Two integral parts of the HSIM curriculum are the 700 hours of hospitality-related work experience in your chosen focus area 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. The student clubs take our students to national industry conferences, providing networking opportunities with leaders and managers in the hospitality field.

Honors in Hospitality business 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 honors degree requires:

  1. All requirements for the B.S. in hospitality industry management
  2. All of the UD requirements for the honors baccalaureate degree


Suggested course sequence.

Freshman Year

semester name Fall semester
HOSP180 Introduction to Hospitality
ECON101 Introduction to Microeconomics
MATH221 or MATH241 Calculus I
History & cultural change breadth course
BUAD110 Basics of Business

semester name Spring semester
Foreign language
MISY160 Business Computing: Tools and Concepts
ENGL110 Critical Reading and Writing
ECON103 Introduction to Macroeconomics
Free elective

Sophomore Year

semester name Fall semester
MATH201 Statistics I
HOSP314 Hospitality Entrepreneurship and Venture Creation
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
Free elective
ACCT207 Accounting I

semester name Spring semester
ACCT208 Accounting II
MATH202 Statistics II
FINC311 Principles of Finance
HOSP230 Executive Presentations and Problem Solving or COMM212 Oral Communication in Business
BUAD309 Organizational Behavior

Junior Year

semester name Fall semester
HOSP380 Management of Lodging Operations
HOSP382 Managerial Accounting & Finance
HOSP481 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry
BUAD306 Service & Operations Management
Focus area course

semester name Spring semester
HOSP elective (non-focus area)
HOSP381 Management of Food & Beverage Operations
ACCT352 Law & Social Issues in Business
Focus area courses (2)

Senior Year

semester name Fall semester
Focus area courses (2)
Free electives (3)

semester name Spring semester
HOSP495 Hospitality Feasibility Studies
ENGL312 Written Communication in Business
Free electives

Career Opportunities

The HSIM program prepares you for a career in the hospitality industry including:

  • Revenue management
  • Corporate branding management
  • Restaurant franchising
  • Hotel financial analytics
  • Corporate branding management
  • Hospitality real estate management
  • Hospitality e-commerce

Where Our Graduates Work:

  • Marriott International
  • Hilton
  • HVS – Global Hospitality Services
  • Bozzuto Management
  • Buccini Pollin Group
  • Turnbridge Equities
  • Travelclick

Learn More

Dr. Bob Nelson;; 302-831-6455
Donna Laws; department e-mail; 302-831-6077

Admissions Information

Learn more about undergraduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

Admissions & Financial Aid