Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Hospitality Industry Studies

Consistently ranked in the top ten hospitality programs, the Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management (HRIM) prepares students for careers in the service industries. The Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Industry Studies consists of a curriculum founded in academic disciplines, which include the liberal arts, business and specialized courses in theoretical managerial components for the hospitality industry. Students gain a foundation in the traditional academic areas to complement state of the art business and hospitality courses.

The Hospitality Industry Studies curriculum places emphasis on quantitative and analytical skills to support decision making in hospitality businesses. The curriculum is designed for students with a strong career interest in analytical and support functions. Students, in active consultation with faculty advisors, will select a combination of courses that will build their knowledgebase towards a key area of focus. The areas of focus include Transaction Advisory Services, Hospitality Sales and Marketing and Hospitality Information Management. An integral part of the curriculum is the hospitality related work experience. Seven hundred hours of documented paid work experience, coupled with 100 hours of community service, must be completed by the senior year. At our annual career fair, students have an opportunity to interview with leading hospitality companies for internships and permanent placement.

The hospitality industry is one of the largest employers; career opportunities are unlimited. The major prepares students for careers in the hospitality industry that require superior analytical and problem-solving skills at the conceptual level, such as transaction advisory services analyst, reservations manager, revenue manager, sales manager, web marketing analyst, e-commerce market analyst, systems implementation specialist just to name a few.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in a 4+1+1 MBA program. With careful planning, academically eligible students can complete both their undergraduate degree in Hospitality Industry Studies and the Master of Business Administration degree in five years of academic study plus a 12 month internship.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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