Hospitality Leadership

As a hospitality leadership major, you learn how to be successful in facilities management, food service, lodging, event planning, travel or tourism.

Ready For Anything

You're given tools to work in any hospitality industry setting. You graduate with a foundation in business, leadership and industry basics. Classroom lessons extend to internships, student organizations and volunteer opportunities in the community.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • A minor in entrepreneurship, management and leadership, marketing or professional sales
  • A professional internship
  • Class projects that serve the local business and hospitality community
  • Professional development and networking through FCS student organizations Fresh Slice and honor society Kappa Omicron Nu
  • An optional semester studying abroad

Making Your Mark

A hospitality leadership degree is valuable in the expanding lodging, food service and tourism industries. You can go straight to the workforce with the degree.

Recent graduates are working for Maui Jim's world headquarters, Westin Hotels and country clubs around the nation. Others attended George Washington University, Iowa State University and Purdue University before finding jobs.

Major Requirements

Family & Consumer Sciences Core - 12-15 hrs.

  • FCS 100 Family Dynamics - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
    or FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 310 & 311 Community Program Planning & Evaluation - 6 hrs.
    or FCS 346 Resource Management - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 442 Foundations of FCS - 3 hrs.

Supporting Requirements - 15 hrs.

  • ATG 101 Survey of Accounting - 3 hrs.
    or ATG 157 Accounting Principles - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 100 Introduction to Economics - 3 hrs.
    or ECO 221 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • MTG 315 Principles of Marketing - 3 hrs.
  • M L 250 Interpersonal Effectiveness in Organizations - 2 hrs.
    or 350 Managing for Results in Organizations - 2 hrs.

Additional Required FCS Courses - 45 hrs.

  • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 170 Hospitality Leadership - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 171 Sanitation, Health and Safety - 1 hr.
  • FCS 173 Lodging Operations - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 270 Special Event Planning - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 272 Facilities Services I - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 301 Nutrition Today - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 370 Hospitality Management Accounting - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 372 Facilities Services II - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 375 Hospitality Practicum I - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 376 Hospitality Seminar I - 1 hrs.
  • FCS 405 Food Service Systems - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 408 Management in Food Service - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 470 Special Topics in Hospitality Business - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 475 Hospitality Practicum II - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 476 Hospitality Seminar II - 1 hr.

Required Minor (Choose One) - 15 hrs.

Required Certificate

  • Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (as required by Section 750.540 of the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code) must be completed before enrolling in FCS 405 and FCS 408.