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B.S. in Hospitality Management

The Hospitality Management major from Colorado State University combines courses in food service, lodging, event planning, nutrition, and business to provide students with a strong skill set for entry into hospitality management professions.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $32,734 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

The Hospitality Management major from Colorado State University maintains strong ties with the food service, lodging, and event planning industries locally, state-wide, and nationally to connect graduates with a wide variety of employment opportunities in the expanding commercial and non-commercial segments of hospitality management.

The hospitality industry is the second largest employer in Colorado and the United States. The department oversees internships in the industry and aids in job placement upon graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • A conceptual understanding and systems approach to the business of hospitality management.
  • The ability to make logical decisions by organizing, analyzing, and interpreting information and formulating rational solutions in a hospitality business environment.
  • The knowledge and skills to successfully manage a hospitality operation, including allocating resources such as time, labor, and material inputs to achieve customer satisfaction.
  • An understanding of the managerial functions of planning, organizing, directing, staffing, controlling, and budgeting in various hospitality environments.
  • The behaviors of effective, ethical leaders by demonstrating the fundamental principles of leadership in a hospitality business environment.

Potential Occupations

Participation in the experiential learning laboratory, The Aspen Grille, is required and internship and practicum opportunities are highly recommended to enhance practical training and development.

The hospitality industry encompasses careers in restaurants, hotels, resorts, spas, event venues, catering, breweries and wineries, bed and breakfast inns, ski areas, business and industry dining venues, hospitals, correctional facilities, and military facilities in the United States and around the world.



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Courses included

  • Survey of Human Nutrition
  • Math in the Social Sciences
  • Principles of Natural Resource Tourism
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Business