About the Major


Boasting a near 100 percent graduate placement rate, the Dedman School of Hospitality has prepared students for leadership positions in hospitality management for almost 70 years (since 1947). The school employs a global approach to prepare students to serve a multinational clientele and to fill the growing international demand for hospitality industry managers. Top hospitality organizations visit the school each year to interview students for entry-level management positions. Graduates of the program currently enjoy top managerial and ownership positions in hotels, resorts, restaurants, clubs, and other facets of the hospitality and golf industries. The requirement of practical, on-the-job experience, where the student applies classroom knowledge to the workplace, prepares the Dedman School of Hospitality graduate for the operational challenges of industry.

Admission Requirements

The Hospitality & Tourism Management major is a limited-access program. To be admitted to the major, a student must meet the admission requirements. Upon completing all requirements for this major, the student will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in in Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Course Requirements

Courses for the major are updated each academic year. Typically students are admitted to the college beginning their junior year, and the academic year runs fall through summer. Students must use the course requirements from the academic year they were accepted. This is particularly important because the Dedman School of Hospitality accepted its first class of students as an independent school from the FSU College of Business in spring 2017. Students accepted into the Dedman School through fall 2016 must follow joint College of Business guidelines. Choose the course requirements for the academic year in which you were accepted or for which you are applying:

Academic Mapping

Mapping is Florida State University’s academic advising and monitoring system that provides the student with a recommended eight semester map for completing their bachelor’s degree in four years. Summer semesters are not included in degree mapping, but the student may use summer terms to either get ahead or catch up in their degree program.

Students do not have to complete all of the recommended classes on their map to remain on course; they simply must meet certain minimum requirements known as “milestones.” Milestones include a minimum grade point average (GPA), completion of specific classes and minimum grades (“C-” or better) in the milestone classes. Milestones are identified on each major map. All incoming freshmen are monitored for Semester 1 milestone criteria, regardless of the number of hours brought in through dual enrollment and/or credit by examination.

Students will be contacted if they are not making the appropriate progress. Students who do not satisfy the appropriate milestones at the end of any semester will be notified of such status by the university. The first time a student is off course, a Hold will be placed on registration; and the student will be required to contact an adviser to have the registration Hold removed. The adviser will discuss: (1) what is necessary to get back on course; and/or (2) possible alternative majors. If the student is off course for two consecutive semesters, a Hold placed is placed on registration; and the student will be required to change their major to an area outside of business.

Hospitality & Tourism Management Major Opportunities

Students learn outside the classroom through our internship and work requirements (see Course Requirements, above). Many internships are available overseas and students can take courses in our Leysin, Switzerland international program. We offer networking and leadership opportunities through student organizations, such the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and Eta Sigma Delta. Generous scholarships help support students along the way.

To discuss your career path in hospitality management and important strategies on how to reach your fullest potential in the hospitality industry, contact Don Farr, Director of the Dedman School of Hospitality.

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