Hospitality and Tourism Management
Are you a people-person? Are you passionate about customer service and enriching people's experiences? Do you have exceptional work ethic and enjoy a fast-paced environment? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then Hospitality and Tourism Management is a great field for you.
As the nation’s number one retail employer, the hospitality and tourism industry employs millions of people. The demand for managers continues to grow as the demand for services grows. Along with this demand for services is an increasing emphasis on comfort, convenience and personalized attention. All of these factors increase the need for effective and efficient professionals to manage hospitality operations and lead teams of people.
We are the only four-year Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) program in North Dakota and we are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). The program has undergone this process to ensure students receive a quality education. The ACPHA guidelines and standards help us pursue excellence in the area of hospitality administration. The mission of the HTM program is to develop effective and efficient leaders of the hospitality and tourism industry. To achieve this mission, it is our goal that students graduating from the HTM program at NDSU will demonstrate leadership skills by having the following: knowledge of the industry, people management skills, problem solving skills, and a sense of responsibility.
- Our program incorporates a solid foundation of general education courses vital in developing a well-rounded professional.
- All students complete a core of fundamental courses on the management of people, materials, finances, technology, and time in a hospitality and tourism setting.
- Upper-division courses concentrate on project-based, critical evaluation, and production of quality services in hospitality and tourism operations.
- Students choose professional electives in areas such as food and beverage, professional club management, resorts, and convention and meeting planning. Study tour or study abroad opportunities may also count for professional electives with faculty approval.
- Students “learn by doing” through our strong emphasis on experiential learning.
- A 24-credit minor in Business Administration is required with this major. The minor provides a strong business background on which we build depth of knowledge concerning the specifics of marketing and management in the hospitality industry. Students must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 to enroll in the business administration classes.
A faculty advisor is assigned to work with each student majoring in HTM. The academic advisor helps students set goals for their college work, choose courses and seek meaningful work experiences during their college career.
Work Experience and Internship
The Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo area provides many quality hospitality and tourism operations for students to gain work experience. The majority of our students are employed by local businesses while completing their degrees. A three-credit supervised, on-the-job field experience (internship) is required for degree completion. Ideally, students complete the field experience during the summer between their junior and senior years. Placement is determined by the student’s desire for type of operation and preferred geographic location.
The HTM program at NDSU provides you with a strong educational background for a variety of career options in the hospitality industry. The starting salary for a graduate in the HTM field can range from $30,000 to $40,000 with great possibility for increase in salary after the completion of management training. Students graduating with industry experience also may start at a higher rate.
Feed your passion and build your career in one of the following areas:
- Hotels, resorts, and other lodging operations
- Restaurants, catering, and other food and beverage operations
- Meetings, conventions, and event planning
- Travel, tourism, and transportation
- Theme parks, private clubs, and gaming operations
- Services sales and marketing
The Hospitality Student Association (HSA) is open to all majors and minors in the program. They meet monthly, bring in industry speakers, tour local operations, plan and undertake study trips, and plan and produce the Food and Wine Show each spring. HSA awards two $500 scholarships each year to deserving members.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships makes available grants, loans, scholarships and work-study employment. Scholarships are also available through the Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management. Additionally, several hospitality associations have funds for scholarships, which are awarded by the associations through regional and national competition. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, One Stop or the Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management for additional information.
Sample Program Guide
Please note this is a sample program guide and not an official curriculum. Actual student schedules for each semester will vary depending on start year, education goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Once admitted, students are encouraged to work with their assigned academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress.
|ADHM 140||3||ACCT 102 (Business Minor)||3|
|CSCI 114 or TL 116 (Gen Ed Science & Tech)||3||ADHM 141||3|
|ENGL 110 (Gen Ed Communication)||3||ENGL 120 (Gen Ed Communication)||3|
|Gen Ed Social/Behavioral Science||3||Gen Ed Humanities/Fine Arts||3|
|Gen Ed Wellness||2||Gen Ed Quantitative Reasoning||3|
|ADHM 241||3||ADHM 360||3|
|ADHM 301||3||HTM Elective||3|
|COMM 110 (Gen Ed Communication)||3||ECON 105 (Business Minor)||3|
|Gen Ed Humanities/Fine Arts & Cultural Diversity||3||Gen Ed Science & Tech w/ lab||4|
|Gen Ed Science & Tech||3||Gen Ed Social/Behavioral||3|
|MGMT 320 (Business Minor)||3||ADHM 381||3||ADHM 496||3|
|MRKT 320 (Business Minor)||3||ADHM 435||3|
|ENGL 320 (Gen Ed Communication)||3||HTM Elective||3|
|HTM Elective||3||Business Minor Elective||3|
|HTM Elective||3||Business Minor Elective||3|
|ADHM 404||3||ADHM 479||3|
|ADHM 404L||2||HTM Elective||3|
|ADHM 467||3||Business Minor Elective||3|
|Business Minor Elective||3||Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|