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Hospitality Business Management

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Hospitality Business Management (120 Credits)

To be eligible for certification as a major in hospitality business management, students must have earned at least 60 semester hour of credit and completed the following certification courses with a GPA of 2.50 or higher: ACCTG 230, 231; B LAW 210; MGTOP 215; ECONS 101, 102; ENGLISH 101; MATH 201, MATH 202; MIS 250, and have a WSU cumulative GPA of 2.5. All students must apply for certification on-line. Students will also be ranked based on space availability and academic performance. Students are eligible to petition for consideration of alternative criteria.

Graduation Requirements
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all Carson College of Business (CCB) courses required for the major is required for graduation. The calculation will only count WSU business courses that are taught by the CCB including HBM courses. Economic Sciences courses or any other courses outside the college are not included.

All students majoring in hospitality business management must complete at least 60 credit hours of their course work outside of the College of Business. MGTOP 215 may be counted as four credits towards this requirement. 1,000 hours of work experience is also required by the School of Hospitality Business Management.

In order for hours to count for the requirement, they must meet the following criteria:

1) Hours must be worked after high-school graduation
2) All hours must be documented as paid
3) Hours must be worked at a company whose primary source of revenue is derived from hospitality services
4) The employer evaluation for the hours must reflect an average of 80% across the ratings criteria on the form

Residence Requirements: 1) At least 50% of business core and major specialization course requirements must be taken at WSU; 2) At least nine 300-400-level business, economics, or hospitality courses must be taken in residence at WSU; and 3) The last 30 hours of course work must be taken at WSU.

Transfer, correspondence, and independent study credit (within university limits on these credits) may count toward the 120 hours required for the degree and/or satisfy requirements other than major courses.

Only general elective courses that are not UCOREs, not core/major requirements, and not a course offered by the CBE may be taken pass, fail.

An honors senior project is required for Honors students.

First Year
First TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]13 or 4
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
Humanities [HUM]3
MATH 20123
Second TermCredits
ECONS 101 or 1023
HBM 1011
MATH 202 [QUAN]33
Physical Sciences [PSCI] or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]14 or 3
Non-Business Electives43
Second Year
First TermCredits
ACCTG 2303
COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM]3 or 4
Diversity [DIVR]3
HBM 2803
Non-Business Electives42 or 3
Second TermCredits
ACCTG 2313
B LAW 2103
MGTOP 21554
MIS 2503
POL S Elective3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Consider studying abroad this summer6
Third Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
FIN 3253
HBM 3583
MGMT 3013
MKTG 3603
Second TermCredits
HBM 381 [M]3
HBM 490 or 49173
I BUS 3803
300-400-level Business Elective 93
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
ECONS 305 or 3233
HBM 4011
HBM 494 [M]3
MGMT 4503
300-400-level Business Elective 93
Non-Business Electives42
Second TermCredits
ENGLISH 402 or 403 3
HBM 493 [CAPS] or 495 [CAPS]73
Non-Business Electives47
Complete 1000-hour work experience

1For a total of 7 credits—one Biological Science [BSCI] and one Physical Science [PSCI] course, including one lab course, or 8 credits of [SCI] designated courses. (SCIENCE 101 [SCI] is offered Fall semester and is a prerequisite for SCIENCE 102 [SCI], which is offered Spring semester.)
2MATH 201 will be waived with the completion of MATH 202 or equivalent.
3Alternative to MATH 202 is MATH 171, 140 or 206.
4Non-Business courses to equal 60 credit hours.
5MATH/STAT 212 will be accepted as alternative to MGTOP 215 for transfer students.
6All students must complete the International Experience Requirement. Options for completing the requirement can be found in the Carson College of Business Academic Unit section of the catalog under Business (Pullman, Tri-Cities) or Business Administration (Vancouver). Students should consult with their advisor to determine the best option.
7Two-course sequence - Food and beverage, or hotel and lodging. Food and beverage must take HBM 490 and HBM 493 [CAPS]. Hotel and lodging must take HBM 491 and HBM 495 [CAPS].
8Required for the major. SOC 101 or 102 is recommended.
9May not include courses from the business administration core, the set of required HBM courses, or any 498 or 499 courses

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