If you choose Hospitality Management at San José State, your studies will cover many of the basic facets of management that are included in the business school: accounting and finance, marketing, human resource management, operations management. But hospitality businesses have their own peculiarities, and accordingly, the curriculum allows you to gain insight into the unique aspects of running a hotel, restaurant or similar enterprise.
Examples of courses within the Department include:
- Hospitality management strategies
- Culinary concepts
- Hospitality information systems
- Resort and club management
- Foodservice procurement
- Legal aspects of hospitality management
- Marketing research in hospitality management
- On-site catering
One aspect of the San José State University program is its focus on entrepreneurialism. Through our courses, we give students the management tools they need to be able to run their own hospitality businesses soon after graduation.
And thanks to our excellent contacts with leading companies in the industry, students are given the opportunity to develop on-the-job leadership talents at an early stage of their careers. This puts them in an excellent position to be able to start and run their own businesses, or if working within a big-company framework, to exercise the kind of creative and independent thinking that will help their companies take advantage of new market opportunities. These graduates advance their careers as “entrepreneurs” within their organizations.
The Hospitality Management Department works very closely with leaders of the industry from around Silicon Valley. This is a big advantage to our students, because not only do we have an “inside track” on helping them find good jobs when they graduate, but also because these advisers give us valuable insight into new industry trends which we can incorporate into the classroom learning experience.
This strong industry support ensures that we remain focused on practical, real-world issues. This ensures, in turn, that our graduates are truly operational when they launch their careers, with a can-do, entrepreneurial attitude that the industry appreciates Ð not just in Silicon Valley but worldwide!
Four emphases (Therapeutic Recreation Service, Commercial Recreation/Tourism, Park Resource Management, Leadership and Administration) are offered to meet the changing employment demands for qualified recreation personnel. Within these emphases, related courses are selected from various departments which will help prepare students for employment in therapeutic recreation (hospitals, rehabilitation centers, park and recreation departments, school settings), private/commercial organizations (theme parks, private clubs, travel agencies), and with public and nonprofit park and recreation agencies. These emphases offer a core of professional recreation courses, and differ in an area referred to as major supporting requirements. For more detailed information about the four undergraduate emphases, download the Undergraduate General Information Packet.
The baccalaureate degree, with few exceptions, is a requirement for entry-level positions in public, private, commercial, therapeutic and non-profit leisure service agencies as well as in the tourism industry. Leisure has become an increasingly critical aspect of society as people seek ways to integrate it into all facets of their daily lives. Appropriate use of leisure has also become a preventative tool in relation to health, wellness and social needs issues. Multiple options are available to individuals desiring careers in a profession in which worthwhile goals exist, such as the enhancement of the quality of community life and the provision of opportunities which facilitate achievement of healthy, aesthetic, satisfying and challenging leisure experiences.
The Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies prepares students for a variety of careers in recreation administration in agencies serving the leisure needs and interests of society. The degree provides a general education in the humanities and arts, as well as a practical foundation in recreation and leisure service administrators, entrepreneurs, direct service providers, advocates, social change agents, etc. Job titles vary from agency to agency and reflect the level at which jobs occur, ranging from leader to supervisor to administrator. There are also specialists in drama, art, sports, and music.
A professional internship of 40 hours per week for a minimum of 13 weeks (affiliation dependent) in the semester before graduation is designed to give the recreation student an on-the-job experience. Supervision during the internship is provided by the university and agency.
The Undergraduate Curriculum consists of 61-71 units:
Major Degree Requirements (47 units):
Students select one of the following emphasis areas in Recreation:
- Leadership and Administration
- Tourism and Commercial Recreation
- Therapeutic Recreation
- Park Resources Management
See the SJSU Catalog for special emphasis area course requirements (14-24 units).