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Effective hospitality managers create memorable events and environments that exceed guest expectations.

Whether you work at a resort, restaurant or on a cruise ship, you’ll need a wide range of management, communication and leadership skills to capture the hearts of your patrons. As a JMU hospitality management major, you will develop leadership skills through sound theoretical course work, innovative learning activities and mentoring opportunities. All of your major requirements are met through small classes, team learning experiences, and meaningful personal contacts with faculty and industry professionals. With an emphasis on applied practical knowledge, your required internship will augment your classroom learning as you work alongside dynamic industry professionals in premier hospitality organizations. Along the way, your required classes will also earn you a useful general business minor.

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Along the way, your required classes will also earn you a useful general business minor.

The major is administered through the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management.

The Hospitality Management major is designed to develop hospitality management leaders through sound theoretical coursework, innovative learning activities, mentoring opportunities, exposure to premier hospitality organizations and interactions with dynamic industry professionals. Major requirements are met through small classes, team learning experiences, and meaningful personal contacts with faculty and industry professionals. In the major, students will complete a supervisory internship prior to graduation.

The major in Hospitality Management (HM) requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of undergraduate course work. All HM majors must complete the general business minor for hospitality management, HM core and HM required courses.

Hospitality Management
  • Degrees Offered: 
    • B.S.
  • Concentrations: None
  • Minor: None

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Hospitality Management major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
All students must have at least one major with a degree (i.e. Biology - BS).  To add a 2nd major, select the major listed with no degree (i.e. Biology).

  1. Log into MyMadison, select Student Center.
  2. Select Major/Minor Change from the "Other Academic..." dropdown menu.
    1. To add a program of study select Add Major/Minor
      To narrow your search, select the plan type, change the criteria of plan description to "contains," and enter the beginning letters of the plan.
    2. To drop a program of study, select Drop Major/Minor.
    3. To update a concentration for an existing program of study, select Add/Change Concentration.
  3. After all requests are entered, select Submit Request.

Students both the Hospitality Management and Sport and Recreation Management MUST attend an orientation session before their request is approved; scheduling details are provided when they submit their request.

Please note that any student admitted to JMU can declare one of the eight majors offered in the College of Business. However, any student enrolled in one of the B.B.A. programs must meet certain progression standards in order to continue as a business major beyond the first year of study.

Progressing in the Major

Remain in good academic standing with at least a cumulative GPA of 2.00.


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