University Bulletin 2019-20

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Hospitality and Tourism Management (BS)

To graduate, a student will complete a minimum of 120 semester hours with an overall institution grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the major. 

Only 60 credit hours from a community college may be transferred to USA, and no more than 90 credit hours from a four-year university may be transferred.  To receive a degree from USA, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed in residence at the 300/400 level.

Course of Study for B.S.  in Hospitality and Tourism Management Credit Hours
Major Requirements  49
Free Electives*  30
General Education Requirements  41
Total credit hours required for completion 120
Major Requirements (49 hours) Credit Hours
HTM 200 Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism Industry 3
HTM 210 Food and Beverage Services Management 3
HTM 220  Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events 3
HTM 310 Global Leadership for HTM Professionals 3
HTM 315  Hospitality and Tourism Marketing (C) 3
HTM 350 Hospitality HR Management 3
HTM 396  HTM Professional Conduct and Career Planning 3
HTM 400  Legal Issues in Hospitality and Tourism 3
HTM 410 Sustainable- and Eco-tourism 4
HTM 435 Quality Service Management (W) 3
HTM 440  Lodging Management 3
ACC 211 

Principles of Accounting I OR HTM 445 Financial Reporting

LS 292  Outdoor Recreation and Adventure 3
LS 300  Global Tourism 3
Choice of the following Capstone Experience Sequences:  
HTM 496  Internship in HTM I (W) 3
HTM 498  Internship in HTM II 3
HTM 380  Research in HTM I (W) 3
HTM 430  Research in HTM II  3
Free Electives (30 hours) Credit Hours
*Free Elective credits may be used to complete minors, although a minor is not required by this program. Any approved minor at USA will be accepted. A student may find that a minor in Leisure Studies (21 hrs.); Communication (21 hrs.); General Business (18 hrs.); General Management (18 hrs.); or Marketing (18 hrs.) may be of value to HTM majors. Electives offered by HTM include:  
HTM 212 Food Sanitation and Safety 3
HTM 230  Casino and Resort Operations Management 3
HTM 320 Destination Management and Marketing 3
HTM 330  Cruise Operations Management 3
HTM 397 Study Abroad - International Culture, Cuisine & Culinary Practice 3
HTM 398  Study Abroad - International Hospitality Management 3
HTM 445  HTM Financial Reporting 3
HTM 450 Non-traditional Lodging 3
HTM 490 Special Topics 1-4
HTM 494  Directed Studies 1-4
General Education Requirements (41 hours) Credit Hours
I.   Written Composition  6
II.  Humanities, Fine Arts, Oral Communications 12
III. Natural Sciences and Mathematics 11
IV. History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences 12
First Year Credit Hours
Fall Semester   16
EH 101 English Comp I (I) 3 hrs  
Fine Arts (II) 3 hrs  
MA 110 or higher (III) 3 hrs  
HTM 200 Intro to Hospitality and Tourism 3 hrs  
Natural Science with lab (III) 4 hrs  
Spring   16
EH 102 English Comp II (I) 3 hrs  
CA 110 Public Speaking (II) 3 hrs  
Natural Science with Lab (III) 4 hrs  
History (IV) 3 hrs  
HTM 210 food and Beverage Management 3 hrs  
Second Year Credit Hours
Fall Semester   15
Social/Behavioral Science (IV) 3 hrs  
Literature (II) 3 hrs  
LS 292 Outdoor Rec and Adventure 3 hrs  
HTM Elective (HTM 212 Food Sanitation and Safety) 3 hrs  
ACC 211 or HTM 445 3 hrs  
Spring Semester   15
ECO 215 or ECO 216 (IV) 3 hrs  
HTM 220 Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, & Events 3 hrs  
History or Social Behavioral Science (IV) 3 hrs  
LS 300 Global Tourism 3 hrs  
Third Year Credit Hours
Fall Semester   15
PRLS 310 Global Leadership for HTM 3 hrs  
PRHTM 315 Hospitality  and Tourism Marketing (C) 3 hrs  
Elective 3 hrs  
Elective 3 hrs  
Elective 3 hrs  
Spring Semester   16
PRHTM 410 Sustainable & Ecotourism 4 hrs  
PRHTM 435 Quality Service Management (W) 3 hrs  
PRHTM 440 Lodging Management 3 hrs  
PRHTM 396 HTM Professional Conduct & Career Planning 3 hrs  
Elective 3 hrs  
Fourth Year Credit Hours
Fall Semester   15
PRHTM 350 Hospitality HR Management 3 hrs  
PRHTM 400 Legal Issues in HTM 3 hrs  
Elective 3 hrs  
Elective 3 hrs  
Elective 3 hrs  
Apply for Graduation    
Spring Semester   12
PRHTM 496 HTM Internship I (W) 3 hrs  
PRHTM 498 HTM Internship   3 hrs  
Elective 3 hrs  
Elective 3 hrs  
PR=Prerequisite course required (HTM 200 Intro to Hospitality and Tourism Management is the prerequisite course for all 300-400 level courses)
(I)-(IV) = General Education Area
(W) = Courses that satisfy USA writing requirement
(C) = Course satisfies USA computer proficiency requirement
Department of Hospitality and
Tourism Management Staff    
(251) 461-1902
Chair and Faculty  Dr. Robert Thompson  
Director of HTWIA and Faculty Dr. Evelyn Kwan Green
Faculty Ms. Amanda Donaldson
Academic Advising/Recruitment  Ms. Melanie McLain
Secretary Vallarie Hernandez

Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management website


Improve the well-being of people along the Gulf Coast by producing hospitality, tourism and ecotourism professionals who possess fiscal, social, environmental and professional competencies through education and training, job placement and partnerships.


To advance the people of the Gulf Coast, and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge and experience anchored in sustainable and best practices in the hospitality, tourism and ecotourism sectors.


Provide graduates with career and life competencies for sustainable employment, local and global leadership, engaged citizenry and research opportunities.

Program Educational Objectives

Develop learner-focused pedagogies that:

  • Prepare students for global hospitality, tourism and ecotourism careers from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Provide students with observational, situational, experiential learning and research opportunities.
  • Apply and infuse sustainable and best hospitality, tourism and ecotourism practices.