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
  • 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 degree 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 Department of Hospitality Management 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 - not only just in Silicon Valley but also worldwide!