Hospitality & Tourism Management

The Hospitality and Tourism Management major is student focused and industry driven, guided by best practices and a global perspective. You'll receive a unique personalized experience every step of the way along your academic journey. The industry engagement, internships and student activities in this major will prepare you for a career in making other people's comfort, enjoyment and happiness your business.


Students are advised to reach out to their academic advisor to determine which curriculum they are subject to:




Prerequisite Coursework (12 hours)
The following courses must be completed with a C minus or better:

Course Description Hours
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3
HFT 1000 Introduction to Hospitality 3
ECO 2013 or
ECO 2023
Principles of Macroeconomics or
Principles of Microeconomics
CGS 2100 or
CGS 2518
Microcomputer Applications for Business or
Spreadsheets for Business

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major

  1. Completion of at least 52 semester hours
  2. A cumulative FSU grade point average of at least 2.0 on all college work attempted
  3. Satisfactory completion of all required prerequisite coursework
  4. Successful completion of 1st & 2nd GE English and 1st & 2nd GE Math coursework
  5. HFT 1000 is not required, but highly recommended, for transfer students prior to admission


Major Program of Study (39 hours)
Community college courses may not be substituted for 3000/4000 level courses. All courses must be completed with a grade of C minus or better and a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses used to satisfy the major requirements.

Lower-Division Requirement (3 hours)
HFT 1000 (3) Introduction to Hospitality. This course is a Term 4 milestone. Transfer students must complete it in their first term of enrollment at FSU.

Computer Skills Competency
No additional hours needed beyond prerequisites (CGS 2100 or CGS 2518).

Oral Communication Competency (3 hours beyond major coursework)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through with a University approved college-level course.

Dedman College of Hospitality - ALL Majors (15 hours)

Course Description Hours
HFT 3424 Hospitality Financial Analysis 3
HFT 3431 Hospitality Managerial Accounting 3
HFT 4502 Integrated Marketing for Hospitality 3
HFT 4224 Hospitality Leadership and Ethics 3
HFT 3941* Internship 3-12

*All majors must complete a minimum of 3 hours of HFT 3941 (Internship). Students must have a total of 12 credit hours between HFT 3941 and elective requirements. Students may complete additional credit hours (up to 12) and use them as substitutes for elective requirements. This means that if the max of 12 hours are put towards HFT 3941, 0 hours of electives are required under major coursework.

Major Coursework (24 hours)

Course Description Hours
HFT 3603 Law for Hospitality Operations 3
HFT 3806 Introduction to Food & Beverage Management 3
HFT 4253 Lodging & Luxury Hotel Management 3
HFT 4471 Revenue Management in Hospitality 3
HFT 4802 Catering Management 3
HFT 4941* Work Experience 0
HFT or LEI Elective Listed Below 3
HFT or LEI Elective Listed Below 3
HFT or LEI Elective Listed Below 3

*Required Work Experience
Students must complete at least 1,000 hours of work experience in the hospitality industry. The work experience must be completed at the post-secondary level. Students must register for HFT 4941 (Field Study in Hospitality Administration) in their final semester.

Students are required to complete at least 3 credit hours of Management Internship (HFT 3941r) as part of their work experience.


Majors must have a total of 12 credit hours between HFT 3941 and elective requirements. Students can complete additional credit hours of HFT 3941 and use them as substitutes for elective requirements.

Not all electives are offered every semester/year.

Full List of Electives

Major Program Summary

Minimum Program Requirements
General Education 36*
Prerequisite 12*
College Core 15
Major Program of Study 24
Minor** 0
Computer Skills 0 (beyond prerequisites)
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives No. to bring total to 120
Total Hours Required 120

*Some prerequisite courses may also be counted as part of General Education requirements.

**Students may not pursue a minor in hospitality management if they are pursuing a major in hospitality & tourism management or a major in global club management & leadership.

In addition to the HFT / LEI electives offered, includes any approved courses across the university.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major here.


  1. Courses taken at a Community College may not be substituted for 3000/4000 level courses.
  2. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, at least 30 of which must be taken at this University.
  3. At least half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
  4. After enrolling at this University, all remaining major course requirements must be completed at this University.
  5. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.


Salary Information
For more information visit the National Association of Colleges and Employers or the Occupational Outlook Handbook provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major
Hotel or Restaurant General Manager, Director of Operations, Director of Food and Beverage, Guest Service Director, Meeting Planner, Cruise Line Director, Events Manager, Casino General Manager

Representative Employers
Hotels, Restaurants, Resorts, Tourism Organizations, Health Care Associations, Higher Education Institutions, Professional Associations, Retail Stores, Casinos, Cruise Ships, Theme Parks