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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

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Hospitality Management, B.S.

Hospitality is one of the largest and fastest growing job markets in the country, and the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management prepares students for global careers that blend business management, innovation and a passion for delivering exceptional customer experiences.

One of the top 12 programs in the United States, the University of South Carolina's Bachelor of Science in hospitality management combines business management, hospitality operations and real-world experience to prepare students for success  in a wide range of career opportunities. Specialized knowledge in hotel, restaurant, club and theme park management are  supported by a strong business foundation with classes such as accounting, economics, business law, communications and computer applications. The degree also includes dynamic electives so students can customize their education experience to match their personal and professional goals. 


The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Management. The curriculum includes a strong business focus, diverse electives, professional development training and career-related work experience.

Students can choose a specialization in club management, which is endorsed by the Club Management Association of America.

Sample Course Overview

Foreign language
Foundations of tourism
Natural science
Hotel management
Introduction to hospitality
Mathematics / statistics
University 101

Business communications
Business law
Club management
Conference and meeting planning
Food and beverage production
International hotel management
Purchasing and controls

Festival planning and management
Hospitality / tourism electives
Hospitality / tourism internship
Literature / fine arts
Personnel organization and supervision
Principles of management
Principles of marketing
Professional development seminar
Resort development and management

Sustainable tourism planning
Hospitality finance
Hospitality / tourism analytics
Hospitality / tourism marketing
Hospitality management strategies
Revenue management
Tourism information technology
Wine and spirits in food service establishments

For more details about the degree requirements and curriculum for the B.S. in hospitality management, please visit the academic bulletin.

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    The University of South Carolina ranks among the top 12 schools in the U.S. and is atop the SEC for hospitality and tourism management according to the ShanghaiRanking's 2023 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

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    Unparalleled Opportunities

    Our students work some of the most distinguished tournaments in golf each year, like the Masters Tournament, the Wells Fargo Championship, the RBC Heritage, the Palmetto Championship, the PGA Championship, and the  Presidents Cup.

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    Career Success

    Hospitality management alumna Brittany Martin came to the University of South Carolina looking for the perfect career. Today, she manages conventions and events for some of the country's biggest companies.

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Career Success

Every hospitality management major graduates with career-related work experiences, or internships, on their resume. This experience can be any job in the industry and can include responsibility in a managerial or supervisory position where students gain leadership experience. The college provides dedicated internship directors, experienced faculty and corporate engagement resources to help students get the most out of opportunities to work with companies like Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Disney, and the PGA. To learn more, visit our internships page.

Check out the photo gallery below to see where some of our alumni are finding their career success following graduation.


Hands-On Experience

Experiential learning enriches education and creates valuable opportunities to discover new passions and build relationships. Students gain hands-on experience working PGA Tournaments, planning and implementing real weddings and going behind the scenes at some of the world’s best hotels, restaurants and amusement parks.


Learning Outcomes

  • Students should be able to apply strategic management principles to identify hospitality industry problems and utilize analytical reasoning to formulate solutions. 
  • Students should be able to interpret, evaluate and explain general and industry-specific financial documents and trends. 
  • Students should be able to examine and apply current marketing techniques and principles related to the uniqueness of our industry. 
  • Students should be able to demonstrate effective management practices in an operational food and beverage environment. 
  • Students should be able to apply effective human resource strategies, inclusive of hiring, training and performance evaluations to service organizations’ cultures. 
  • Students should be able to evaluate service management strategies used to differentiate hospitality organizations.

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