BBA - Hospitality

The BBA in hospitality is a business degree that prepares students to become hospitality professionals. Graduates will possess the business knowledge, managerial skills and professional competencies to obtain management positions in a large array of businesses operating in the hospitality sector. We expect our graduates to seek careers in hotels, restaurant and other dining establishments, food and beverage businesses, lodging, residential facilities, senior living facilities, event planning, country clubs, resorts, and all aspects of the tourism sector. The curriculum offers core business education that assures capabilities in business functions such as finance, accounting, marketing, human resource management, operations and information technology along with broad general education.

Program Requirements 

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in hospitality. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program and the requirements for all BBA programs set by the W. Frank Barton School of Business, candidates for the BBA in hospitality must satisfy the following requirements of the curricular major:

Course Title Hours
General Education
Select courses to meet General Education requirements 134-35
College Requirements 2
Bachelor of Business Administration Core Requirements27
Advanced Standing Requirements23-25
Hospitality Major
HSP 411Introduction to Hospitality3
HSP 412Advanced Concepts in Hospitality3
HSP 413Applied Learning in Hospitality3
HSP 414Human Resource Management in Hospitality3
HSP 415Customer Experience in Hospitality3
ENTR 455Entrepreneurial Finance3
Major Elective Courses
Select two of the following courses6
Designing Successful Organizations
High Performance Leadership
Building Remarkable Teams
Communicating Effectively in Organizations
Managing in Diverse Organizations
Talent Acquisition
Learning in Organizations
International Management
Marketing Research
Innovations in Retailing
Brand Planning and Promotion
Selling and Sales Force Management
Principles of Real Estate
Real Estate Property Management
Real Estate Investment Analysis
Urban Land Development
Open Electives
Select enough electives to reach 120 credit hours9-12
Total Credit Hours120

Required major courses may also count towards General Education requirements. Students will need to select additional electives to reach 120 credit hours required for graduation with assistance from an advisor.


See the Bachelor of Business Administration page of the catalog for a full explanation of these college requirements.

Applied Learning

Students in the BBA in hospitality program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing HSP 413 Applied Learning in Hospitality.