Hospitality Management

From some of the world’s largest high-class resorts to quaint clubs and dining hotspots, graduates from the Iowa State University Hospitality Management program are making their mark from coast to coast — and everywhere in between.

The Hospitality Management major at Iowa State is known world-wide for its excellence in research. It was recently ranked 15th among the world’s top 100 hospitality and tourism programs, according to the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research.

Mission Statement for Hospitality Management Program: Create, share, and apply knowledge to develop leaders for the hospitality industry.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Prepare, analyze, and utilize financial documents and data related to hospitality organizations; measured in HSPM 333, 433, and 455.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and evaluate the human resources hospitality organizations; measured in HSPM 380L.
  • Develop and apply marketing techniques in hospitality organizations; measured in AESHM 340.
  • Comprehend technology applications appropriate for hospitality organizations; measured in HSPM 352.
  • Integrate operational knowledge for managing hospitality organizations; measured in HSPM 380L & 455.
  • Demonstrate professional leadership behavior; measured in HSPM 233 & 380L.
  • Use professional written and oral communication; measured in AESHM 113 & HSPM 455.
  • Evaluate best practices in hospitality organizations to meet customer expectations; measured in AESHM 170 & HSPM 233.
  • Obtain professional certifications; measured in HSPM 101, 233, and 333.

On campus, students have access to great learning labs, such as the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom — an approximately 100-seat dining facility. Our approximately 200 Hospitality Management students also benefit from smaller classroom sizes where faculty can get to know them.


Program Information

Curriculum requirements

Hospitality Management curriculum requirements 2018-19 (PDF)

Hospitality Management curriculum requirements 2017-18 (PDF)

Hospitality Management curriculum requirements 2015-16 (PDF)

Hospitality Management curriculum requirements 2014-15 (PDF)

Hospitality Management curriculum requirements 2013-14 (PDF)

Hospitality Management curriculum requirements 2012-13 (PDF)

4-year plans

Hospitality Management 4-year plan 2018-19(PDF)

Hospitality Management 4-year plan 2017-18(PDF)

Hospitality Management 4-year plan 2016-17 (PDF)

Hospitality Management 4-year plan 2015-16 (PDF)

Hospitality Management 4-year plan 2014-15 (PDF)

Hospitality Management 4-year plan 2013-14 (PDF)


The Hospitality Management minor (HSPM) requires the completion of at least 15 credits from the Hospitality Management curriculum. The minor must include at least 6 credits in courses numbered 300 or above taken at ISU. All course pre-requisites must be completed prior to taking the course. All minor courses must be taken for a grade.

Required courses: The minor requires students to successfully complete HSPM 101 and 233 (6 credits).

Select 9 credits: The remaining 9 credits are selected from the following list in consultation with the Hospitality Management minor adviser:

AESHM 287 Principles of Management in Human Sciences (3 credits)
AESHM 438 Human Resource Management (3 credits)
AESHM 474 Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences (3 credits)
AESHM 477 Multi-channel Retailing (3 credits)
HSPM 260 Tourism Management (3 credits)
HSMP 289 Private Club Operations (2 credits)
HSPM 315 Hospitality Law (3 credits)
HSPM 352 Lodging Operations Management I (3 credits)
HSPM 383 Introduction to Beverages (2 credits)
HSPM 437 Hospitality Management Information Systems (3 credits)
HSPM 439 Advanced Hospitality Human Resource Management (3 credits)
HSPM 452 Lodging Operations Management II (3 credits)

Related majors and minors

Entrepreneurial Studies minor

Event Management minor

Business minor

Spanish minor

Hospitality Management Program Outcomes

Get Involved

Learning Communities

The transition to life at Iowa State University can be overwhelming at times. The freshman and transfer learning communities within AESHM provide new students with a core group of peers in similar classes. Incoming Hospitality Management students can participate in the following learning communities:


Adult Non-traditional Students (ANTS)

Clubs and Organizations

Connect with people who share similar interests across the ISU campus.

Visit AESHM’s related clubs and organizations page.

International Programs

Hospitality Management study abroad programs

The Hospitality Management program offers a Study Abroad Short over winter break in Dubai to learn the Arabic culture and see the similarity and differences between event and hospitality management in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). If you are looking for an international experience tailored to your major, contact your adviser to discuss what program fits best with your academic plan.

Study abroad opportunities

There are study abroad programs in a number of countries, and a visit to the International Programs Office can provide information for each.

College of Human Sciences International Programs

Careers and Internships

A Hospitality Management degree can lead to these types of careers:

Career possibilities

  • Hotel manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Tourism professions
  • School food service director
  • Healthcare food service manager
  • University dining director

Careers Services

Students and alumni are eligible to contact career services in the College of Human Sciences for assistance in these areas:

  • Job search materials such as resumes and cover letters
  • Job and internship search strategies
  • Interviewing skills

Internship Opportunities

As a hospitality management student, you’ll complete a work experience with an Iowa State-affiliated group, such as ISU dining or one of the hospitality units. After you discover where your passion and strengths lie, you’ll find an internship with an external company, honing specific hospitality management skills and creating valuable networks of potential employers. Visit our Career and Internship page to learn how to get started.

Past internship experiences

View previous hospitality management student internship experiences in Career Connections.


Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom is a teaching operation in a hands on learning lab that serves just under 100 guests. The Quantity Food Production and Service Management Experience class operates the Tearoom. Meal service is provided for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.