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Do you picture yourself planning for and working at the US Open, the Olympics, and other high profile events? Interested in learning how to manage a successful restaurant, bar or club? Do you picture yourself running a five-star hotel or perhaps an out-of-the-way bed and breakfast?

East Carolina University's bachelor degree in hospitality management offers three concentration areas.

A focus on conventions and special events allows students to explore the excitement of the hospitality industry. This major focuses on educating and training individuals to work in environments such as convention centers and private clubs or to run their own event planning business. Students learn the ropes of special event planning and coordinating through projects, faculty mentoring, and a required internship.

The concentration in food and beverage will allow you to become a part of one of the largest industries in the country. Students focusing in food and beverage will learn the ins and outs of working in the food industry through hands-on experience in our culinary labs and a required internship. Graduates could work in restaurant management, contract food service, catering, fine dining, quick service or using their education and entrepreneurial spirit to open their own restaurant.

Hospitality management students who concentrate in lodging are preparing themselves for a career that can provide international opportunities as well as local career options. Students will learn from industry-leading professionals to work in a lodging operation by taking courses that teach and train them to work with a team in a professional environment. Graduates of this program have found jobs in different operations such as local bed and breakfasts or large corporations like Marriott and Hyatt.

The School of Hospitality Leadership at ECU assures that students in all concentration will receive a high-quality education and preparation for a career in the hospitality industry. Our internationally recognized faculty work side-by-side with students on building their expertise in their chosen field.

ECU Advantage

The largest hospitality program in North Carolina and one of the largest in the Southeast, the ECU School of Hospitality Leadership is well known. Our partnerships with Universidad San Francisco de Quito, (Ecuador) Universitaria Poliécnico Grancolombiano (Bogata, Colombia), Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (Lima, Peru) and Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (Arequipa, Peru) and the Disney International Program bring an international perspective to our eastern North Carolina program.

ECU has relationships with companies such as ARAMARK, Darden restaurants, Chick- Fil-A, and the Biltmore Estate. Through these partnerships, our students participate in internships often leading to full-time jobs upon graduation.

Our internationally recognized faculty work side-by-side with students on building their expertise in their chosen field. The School of Hospitality Leadership is devoted to helping students achieve and succeed at ECU and in the lodging industry.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Robert O'Halloran (148 Rivers Building; 252-737-1603; ohalloranr@ecu.edu)

A minimum grade of C- (1.7). must be earned in each HMGT course. Minimum degree requirement is 124 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • ECON 2113 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • MATH 1066 - Applied Mathematics for Decision Making
2. Common core - 45 s.h.
  • HMGT 1350 - Introduction to Hospitality Management
  • HMGT 1500 - Multicultural Hospitality Management
  • HMGT 2100 - Lodging Management I
  • HMGT 2170 - Hospitality Services Management
  • HMGT 2200 - Introduction to Conventions and Special Events
  • HMGT 2300 - Principles of Food Preparation and Menu Planning
  • HMGT 2301 - Principles of Food Preparation and Menu Planning Laboratory
  • HMGT 2591 - Field Experience in Hospitality Management I
  • HMGT 3200 - Dimensions of Tourism
  • HMGT 3750 - Hospitality Facilities Management
  • HMGT 4244 - Hospitality Law
  • HMGT 4308 - Cost Controls for Hospitality Operations
  • HMGT 4440 - Hospitality Marketing
  • HMGT 4450 - Hospitality Human Resource Management
  • HMGT 4650 - Hospitality Financial Management
  • HMGT 4700 - Hospitality Management Current Issues Seminar
3. Concentrations - 18 s.h.

(Choose one.)

    Convention and special events management concentration:
    • HMGT 3400 - Meeting, Event, and Convention Planning
    • HMGT 3992 - Field Experience in Conventions and Special Events Management
    • HMGT 4040 - Producing Meetings, Events, and Conventions
    • HMGT 4400 - Convention Sales and Services Management
    • Select three 3000 or 4000-level HMGT courses in addition to core and concentration courses.
    Food and beverage management concentration:
    • HMGT 3300 - Principles of Classical Cuisine
    • HMGT 3301 - Principles of Classical Cuisine Lab
    • HMGT 3991 - Field Experience in Food and Beverage Management
    • HMGT 4120 - Wine and Beverage Management
    • HMGT 4300 - Advanced Food Production and Service Management
    • HMGT 4301 - Advanced Food Production and Service Management Lab
    • Select two 3000 or 4000-level HMGT courses in addition to core and concentration courses.
    Lodging management concentration:
    • HMGT 3600 - Lodging Management II
    • HMGT 3990 - Field Experience in Lodging Management
    • HMGT 4100 - Lodging Revenue Management
    • HMGT 4300 - Advanced Food Production and Service Management
    • HMGT 4301 - Advanced Food Production and Service Management Lab
    • Select two 3000 or 4000-level HMGT courses in addition to core and concentration courses.
4. Business administration minor - 24 s.h.

(To view requirements for the business administration minor, click on this link.)

    Note:

    ECON 2113 and MATH 2283 (a required business administration minor courses) will also count toward the total general education requirement for this degree.

    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
    • Lodging Managers
    • Hospitality Administration/Management, General

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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