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

As a hospitality business management (HOSP) 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.

Program Highlights

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.

Practical Experience

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

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 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 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 hospitality business management
  2. All of the UD requirements for the honors baccalaureate degree

Program Requirements

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year
First Semester
HOSP 180 – Introduction to Hospitality
ECON 101 – Introduction to Microeconomics
MATH 114, 115, 221 or 241
Foreign language (3 or 4 credits)
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business

Second semester
HOSP 201 – Food Principles
HOSP 211 – Food Principles Lab (1 credit)
HOSP 187 – Introduction to Hospitality Information Management
ENGL 110 – Seminar in Composition
ECON 103 – Introduction to Macroeconomics
History and Cultural Change breadth course

Sophomore Year
First semester
HOSP 230 – Executive Presentations or COMM 212 – Oral Communication in Business
NTDT 200 – Nutrition Concepts
Creative Arts and Humanities breadth course
ACCT 207 – Accounting I
Free elective (HOSP elective suggested)

Second semester
BUAD 301 – Introduction to Marketing
HOSP 321 – Quantity Food Service Management (1 credit)
HOSP 325 – Quantity Food Service Management Lab (2 credits)
STAT 200 – Basic Statistical Practice or MATH 201 – Introduction to Statistical Methods
Free elective
Free elective

Junior Year

First semester
FINC 311 – Principles of Finance
BUAD 309 – Organizational Behavior
HOSP 480 – Human Resources Management in the Hospitality Industry
Free elective
Free elective

Second semester
Lodging module; courses taken together:
HOSP 327 – Property Engineering
HOSP 380 – Management of Lodging Operations
HOSP 382 – Managerial Accounting & Finance in the Hospitality Industry
HOSP 481 – Marketing in the Hospitality Industry
HOSP 488 – Lodging Management Practicum I (4 credits)

Senior Year
First semester
HOSP 489 – HOSP Restaurant Management Practicum II (7 credits)
HOSP 381 – Management of Food & Beverage Operations
ENGL 312 – Written Communications in Business
HOSP 418 – Beverage Management
Free elective

Second Semester
HOSP 482 – Law of Innkeeping
HOSP 450 – Strategic Hospitality Management
Free elective
Free elective

Career Opportunities

After graduating in 2018, 92% of Lerner’s hospitality business management graduates were employed (earning a median starting salary of $47,691) or pursuing further education. For more information on career resources please visit the Lerner Career Services Center.

Top Employers

Some of the top employers of Lerner’s hospitality business management graduates include:

  • Bozzuto Group
  • Marriott International
  • Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
  • Hilton Hotels and Resorts
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Top Jobs

Job titles of recent graduates with a hospitality business management degree include:

  • Management Development Trainee
  • Sales & Service Manager
  • Restaurant Supervisor/Manager
  • Event Manager
  • Food & Beverage Service Manager
  • Special Events Assistant

Visit the Career Outcomes of Lerner hospitality business management students to see more top employers, job titles, salaries and locations.

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Admissions Information

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

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