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2016-2017 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2016-2017 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Hospitality and Tourism, B.S.

Hospitality and Tourism (B.S.) 180 units

Program Description

The Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism prepares students to become professionals in our dynamic, growing and exciting industry. Travel and tourism has become available to more of the world’s population and the demand for hospitality managers is growing very rapidly. A degree in Hospitality and Tourism provides our students with the knowledge they need about the industry with it’s various sectors and functional areas as well as its dynamic environment. Combined with work experience, this preparation will provide many opportunities for graduates in hospitality and tourism companies around the world. The industry is looking for smart, service-oriented and dedicated individuals to help lead growth in this booming environment.
Our program focuses on people and problem-solving skills, and creativity needed to be an excellent hospitality and tourism professional. We strive to meet employers’ needs and wants who seek individuals with strong human relations, customer service, and communication skills. We want to instill that “can do attitude” employers are seeking. This major is great for anyone seeking a non-routine career that features variety, complexity and excitement.
This career provides opportunities to grow and improve your life while improving the experiences of the people you serve. Many jobs offer varied responsibilities where life is exciting, interesting and every day is different through meeting and serving people from all over the world. The Hospitality, Leisure, and Tourism sector is the world’s largest employer and employment opportunities abound all over the globe.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism will be able to:

  1. Analyze and generate effective, sustainable solutions based on evidence and technology and provide relevant references.
  2. Demonstrate significant knowledge of effective leadership and teamwork strategies, management skills, and evaluation of service quality and consumer needs through investigation and practical experience.
  3. Articulate clearly (speak and write) ethical, philosophical, historical, and current practices and administrative foundations of the profession.
  4. Demonstrate techniques that contribute to a culture of dignity and respect in the workplace.

Career Possibilities

  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Convention Manager
  • Guest Relations Manager
  • Hospitality Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Rooms Division Manager
  • Front Desk Manager
  • Executive Housekeeper
  • Event Manager
  • Meetings and Conference Manager
  • Resort Manager
  • Country Club Manager
  • Foodservice Manager
  • Cruise Ship Manager
  • Conventions and Visitors Bureau
  • Food Supplier
  • Commercial Recreation Entrepreneur
  • Eco Tourism Professional


Our student-centered department has programs designed for both on campus and online students. Our courses are offered in three formats:

  • hybrid (one day a week in-class instruction with the remainder online),
  • all online, and
  • in-class instruction.

We are dedicated to helping you realize your dreams even if you work full-time. Our friendly and accessible faculty and staff members will advise you so that you can meet all requirements in the most efficient manner. We have excellent industry contacts and can help connect you with professional part-time jobs to build your resume while in school. All our faculty members have been Leisure and Hospitality industry professionals.

Major Requirements 98 units

Consult an advisor in your major department for clarification and interpretation of your major requirements at least three times a year.

  • The core major consists of 98 units;
  • GE/USHG/UWS consists of 84 units (some courses may double-count units - see your advisor).
  • Free Electives (if any) will make up the remainder units to reach 180 minimum total units (see your advisor). 

Hospitality and Tourism Requirements 58 units

To complete the Hospitality and Tourism B.S. degree the following units are required:

  • Note: Students must complete 1000 hours of paid or volunteer experience before doing their internship.

Elective Courses

Four (4) units minimum are required from the following list:

Course Descriptions

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Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described in the Undergraduate Admission and Degree Information & FAQ  chapter in the front of this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.