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: Develop leaders for the hospitality industry.

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.


Curriculum requirements

4-year plans


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 HRI 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)

HRI 260 Tourism Management (3 credits)

HRI 289 Private Club Operations (2 credits)

HRI 315 Hospitality Law (3 credits)

HRI 352 Lodging Operations Management I (3 credits)

HRI 383 Introduction to Beverages (2 credits)

HRI 437 Hospitality Management Information Systems (3 credits)

HRI 439 Advanced Hospitality Human Resource Management (3 credits)

HRI 452 Lodging Operations Management II (3 credits)

Course catalog

Course syllabi


Transfer plans

Learning communities

Incoming Hospitality Management students can participate in the following learning communities:


Adult Non-traditional Students (ANTS)

Related majors and minors


Eligible AESHM students can participate in an honors program that is administered by both Iowa State University and the College of Human Sciences.

Eta Sigma Delta (ESD)


Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom is a teaching operation in a hands on learning lab that serves just under 100 guests.

Faculty and staff

Graduate degrees

The Hospitality Management program offers the following graduate degrees:

Master of Science

Master of Science non-thesis degree

Doctorate of Philosophy

Distance Doctor of Philosophy

More information on the Hospitality Management major:

Careers and internships

Organizations and events