Hotel & Restaurant Management

The hotel and restaurant management degree program at Niagara University prepares students for management careers in the global hospitality industry. The curriculum is based on a dynamic business environment core developed with specialized emphasis on the unique technological, managerial, and analytical requirements of managers and executives in the hotel and restaurant industries. Hotel and restaurant industry recruiters stress the need for our graduates to posses both theoretical and practical skills and experiences. Accordingly, the HRM curriculum specifically addresses the delicate balance between these two critical areas of learning. Many courses offer a practical component. Case studies are utilized throughout the curriculum as are technology-based projects. Integrated throughout the curriculum is an emphasis on globalization, leadership and technological advances in hotels and restaurants. The hotel/restaurant core program challenges students to master today's hospitality management competencies, including strategic management, finance and accounting, marketing, human resources, technology, and leadership. The program encourages further specialization through achievement of a single or double concentration selected from these concentrations: hotel planning, development and operations; food and beverage management; and luxury hospitality operations.

Moreover, students are able to enhance their study of the major through the selection of both a concentration and focus. Each HRM major selects a concentration and each concentration allows a selection from two focus areas. This maximizes student choice, allowing more breadth and depth in the curriculum.

HRM students selecting a concentration in hotel planning, development and operations can select a focus from: operational planning and control or property development; HRM students with a concentration in food and beverage management can select a focus from: entrepreneurship or food and beverage operations management; and HRM students concentrating in luxury hospitality operations can select a focus from: resort and spa management or club management.

Upon completion of the B.S. degree in hotel and restaurant management, the student is prepared with competencies to be successful in a number of hospitality careers: marketing and sales, front desk or housekeeping management, restaurant management, dining room management, casino and resort management, catering management, convention services management, and in-flight catering, just to name a few. Upon graduation, students may also pursue graduate studies.