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Hospitality Management

Hospitality Management

Hospitality Management is offered as a Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at California State University, Long Beach. It is designed to prepare students with the necessary background and expertise to excel as managers and leaders in the restaurant, foodservice, hotel, and lodging industries. The program provides a broad-based foundation in both academic and professional courses and includes hands-on practical experience. 

The Hospitality Management program at CSULB is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), a specialized accrediting body. 

Mission, Vision & Values Statements


The mission of the Hospitality Management program is to prepare hospitality leaders to meet the needs of the industry and community in a dynamic, multi-cultural, global job market by providing superior education, research, and service.


The Hospitality Management program at CSULB will be recognized as a leader in the development of future professionals in a global hospitality industry through teaching excellence, research, community engagement, and industry partnerships.


  • Excellence: Provide exceptional learning experiences that promote and develop hospitality leadership
  • Integrity: Uphold the highest ethical and professional standards of all faculty, staff, and students
  • Community: Involve community partners to provide learning and service opportunities that engage students and faculty from diverse backgrounds
  • Sustainability: Engage faculty and students across the curriculum with awareness in sustainability issues and a capacity to contribute to the construction of sustainable societies
  • Forward Thinking: Be visionary in moving our program and university forward by providing opportunities for continued growth and development
  • Globalization: Uphold a national and global orientation of the hospitality program's curriculum

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of operations relative to the provision of goods and services in hospitality management
  • Demonstrate knowledge of technology applications in hospitality management
  • Examine foundations of leadership and strategic management in the hospitality industry including the application of human resources, marketing, finance, and other business principles
  • Demonstrate effective written and interpersonal communication skills\Acquire knowledge of a global perspective and diversity issues as related to hospitality management
  • Recognize legal and ethical considerations affecting organizations in the hospitality industry​

Student and Professional Involvement

The Hospitality Management program offers students the option to participate in various professional and extracurricular activities and provides many opportunities for work experience and job placement in the surrounding area. Various internships, student clubs, and guest speakers provide students with assistance in obtaining knowledge about the many varied careers in foodservice and hotel management. Activities include networking, guest lectures, attending professional meetings, and touring various industry sites, such as hotels, restaurants, catering operations, etc.

Employment Opportunities

Those who graduate in this option will find excellent employment opportunities in their profession. Graduates with this major can find work as a restaurant manager, hotel manager, catering director, food and beverage director, foodservice manager in a college, university, or corporate setting, manager in a motel or bed and breakfast facility, healthcare hospitality foodservice director, school foodservice director, club manager, meeting planner, manager in senior nutrition programs, stadiums or amusement parks, or as a food purchaser or broker. Obtaining experience in the industry helps create a competitive advantage and aids in more rapid advancement.

Course of Study

To receive a B.S. degree in Hospitality Management, students must complete a minimum of 120 units (including general education) and have the opportunity to take advanced courses to focus and enhance their studies in an area of interest.

Courses offered to complete the major include: 

  • Introduction to Hospitality Management 
  • Applied Foodservice Sanitation 
  • Fundamentals of Food Preparation 
  • Orientation to the Hospitality Management Major  
  • International Hospitality Development 
  • Food Production & Service in Hospitality Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Exploring a Sustainable Food System 
  • Human Resources in Foodservice & Lodging Management 
  • Hotel & Lodging Management 
  • Hotel & Restaurant Information Technology 
  • Hospitality Marketing & Service Management 
  • Cost Control in Hospitality Management 
  • Legal Issues in Hospitality Management 
  • Professional Integration into Hospitality Management 
  • Hotel & Restaurant Financial Management 
  • Leadership & Strategic Management in Hospitality 
  • Internship in Hospitality Management 
  • Meeting Planning in Hotels & Restaurants 
  • Foodservice Administration 
  • Food Production Systems II 
  • Advanced Hotel Administration 
  • Hotel & Lodging Property Management 
  • Beverage Management 
  • Directed Studies 

All students complete 800 hours of approved work experience plus an internship.

Hospitality Management B.S. Degree Advising Worksheets

Minor Option

The program offers a minor in Hospitality Management that requires 22 units for completion. A minor in Event Planning and Management is also available and consists of 24 units. Students should refer to the catalog and meet with an advisor to determine specific graduation requirements.