May 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Hospitality Business Management

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The Department of Hospitality Business Management’s (HBM) mission is to graduate students who are prepared to distinguish themselves in the hospitality and sport industry. Their academic experience is management based with learning focused on hotel, food service, sport, and other hospitality operations with emphasis on experience-driven learning and analytics throughout the curriculum. Of paramount importance is their development as community citizens through leadership and service learning experiences.The Department offers three undergraduate majors in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management, Hospitality Industry Management, and Sport Management. The Department also offers minors in Beverage Management, Event Management, Restaurant Management, Spa and Wellness Management, and Sport Management.

Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM) is a Bachelor of Science degree, that includes an Honors degree option. The degree provides ideal preparation for students interested in careers that include managing and/or owning restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses such as  event planning, country clubs, casinos, food-service operations, and resorts. Students benefit from experience driven learning in our two learning labs on campus; the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel and our student operated Vita Nova gourmet Restaurant.

Hospitality Industry Management (HSIM) is a Bachelor of Science degree, including an Honors Degree option, for students interested in a hospitality business degree that prepares them for careers in hospitality consulting, real estate development, and corporate services. This customizable degree emphasizes developing analytical skills for decision making in a variety of hospitality business environments. These may include revenue management, hospitality e-marketing, data analytics, and real estate development.  Students, along with their advisor, identify a customized focus area that provides a set of core competencies in their area of interest.. Examples of focus areas include revenue management, real estate development, e-commerce, service marketing, and sustainability management.

HRIM AND HSIM MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: An integral part of the curriculum for both majors is the hospitality-related work experience. This includes 700 hours of documented paid work experience is coupled with 100 hours of community service that must be completed by the senior year.

Students in the HRIM program also have the opportunity to participate in a 4+1 MBA program. With careful planning, academically eligible students can complete both their undergraduate degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management or Hospitality Industry Management and the Master of Business Administration degree in five years of academic study.

The minor in Restaurant Management provides students with a foundation for understanding the global food and beverage industry. The required laboratory experience provides students with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in the award-winning full-service restaurant, Vita Nova. The fifty seat restaurant features an open display kitchen, the Copeland Wine Education Center,The Bistro, the demonstration kitchen studio, and the Aramark food production center. The Restaurant Management minor is open to students in any major except for majors in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM) and Hospitality Industry Management (HSIM). Admission will be based upon the availability of seats and the GPA of the student; a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 will be required for consideration. Applications may be obtained from the Hospitality Business Management Department office located in Raub Hall. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Sport Management (SPTM) is a Bachelor of Science degree that prepares students for career opportunities in the sport industry. The majority of those opportunities are in the areas of sales and marketing, leadership and management, finance, and operations within the sport industry. The Sport Management major is a business management degree that offers courses focused on sport management.

SPTM REQUIREMENTS: An integral part of the curriculum for Sport Management majors is the SPTM 464 Sport Management Capstone Internship. Each student will complete 450 hours at a pre-approved sport related internship site. This experience is completed during the senior year. Additionally, each student will complete 50 hours during the sophomore/junior year at a sport-related site as part of the requirements for the SPTM 311 Sport Practicum course.

Discovery Learning Opportunities in Hospitality Business Management Department

As a professional, service-oriented department, Hospitality Business Management emphasizes opportunities for experience driven learning that require students to apply their academic training and encourage them to develop their newly acquired skills and knowledge. Hospitality Business Management has a unique combination of facilities that provide a wide range of practical experience settings, and offers special programs that encourage personal and professional development.

The Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware is operated by the Shaner Hotel Group, and provides on-campus lodging for alumni, parents, guests, and conference attendees. It also provides enhanced educational experiences in the Marriott Learning Center for Hospitality and Tourism for students in the Department of Hospitality Business Management by offering opportunities to gain work experience at the property as part of the Lodging Module that includes lodging management courses as an experience driven practicum. The practicum is a semester long course where students gain valuable experience in sales, marketing, revenue management, hotel engineering, and housekeeping. The hotel also serves as a research laboratory for the students and faculty scholarly projects. For further information visit

The Vita Nova fine dining restaurant laboratory is open for lunch and dinner during the semester and is part of the Hospitality Business Management Department. Located on the second floor of the Trabant University Center, the food-service laboratory consists of Vita Nova, a student-operated gourmet, 65-seat dining room open to the public; a display kitchen; the Copeland Vinotek wine cellar; The Bistro bar and dining room; and a teaching and demonstration kitchen. Students in the Hospitality Business Management Department use the facility to experience and learn about the challenges and dynamics of operating a restaurant business. On a daily basis, students rotate through management, culinary positions, and service positions to learn the details required to exceed guest expectations. To make reservations and for further information, please visit


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