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.
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.
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)
Related majors and minors
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:
Clubs and Organizations
Connect with people who share similar interests across the ISU campus.
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.
A Hospitality Management degree can lead to these types of careers:
Students and alumni are eligible to contact career services in the College of Human Sciences for assistance in these areas:
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.
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