Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Undergraduate Programs

Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Major

The Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM) major is a four year major with a curriculum based in business management and specialized courses for the hospitality industry. The on-campus Vita Nova Restaurant and Courtyard by Marriott offer students hands-on experience where they can round out their academic knowledge. Vita Nova is a student-operated laboratory featuring a 60-seat dining room, exhibition, teaching and demonstration kitchens with state of the art video and satellite capabilities. The 126-room Courtyard by Marriott, with high tech conference room featuring wireless computers and video conferencing facilities, offers students valuable experience in sales, marketing, revenue management, front office and housekeeping.

Hospitality Industry Studies Major

The Hospitality Industry Studies major 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 such as consulting, commercial real estate transaction services, sales and marketing, revenue management, e-business and hospitality information technology in the global hospitality industry. The major prepares students for careers in the hospitality industry that require superior analytical and problem-solving skills at the conceptual level. Students, in active consultation with faculty advisors, will choose a selected 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.

Restaurant Management Minor

The minor in Restaurant Management provides a foundation for understanding the global food and beverage industry.  Additionally, the required laboratory experience provides students with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in an award-winning full-service restaurant. Applications are available in the HRIM Departmental offices, located in Raub Hall, and reviewed on a rolling basis.  Not open to Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management and Hospitality Industry Studies majors. Students seeking a minor in Restaurant Management may only take one of the required Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management courses at another institution.

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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