The New York City metropolitan area is one of the nation’s most popular tourism destinations, rich with career opportunities. You can earn the educational credentials they need for a satisfying career in the hospitality industry through a special program offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management — the region’s premier hospitality management program.

FDU’s BA in Hospitality and Tourism Innovation and Excellence offers  a variety of ways to meet University requirements for an undergraduate degree grounded in the liberal arts. It is ideal for the student that brings a variety of traditional course work completed over a period of years at a number of institutions and a history of work and life experiences that can be equated with credit-bearing courses.

For individuals interested in entering or advancing their career in the hospitality industry, studies are offered on both FDU’s Florham and Metropolitan Campuses, in addition to our other locations as

  • Jersey City Location at Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Southern and Central New Jersey, Atlantic Cape, Ocean County, and Mercer County Locations

Program Highlights

  • Small classes taught by industry professionals
  • Variety of field trips and International experiences are available to students that are interested
  • Generous transfer credit policies for  previously earned college credits graduates
  • Full- or part-time options

Degree Plan

FDU’s BA degree in Hospitality and Tourism Innovation and Excellence requires completion of only 120 credits. Our program allows you to earn your bachelor’s degree faster than you ever thought possible.

The minimum requirements for the baccalaureate degree are as follows:

  • completion of a minimum of 120 credits
  • cumulative grade point ratio of 2.00
  • cumulative grade point ratio of 2.00 in the upper-level courses completed at FDU
  • upper-level credit courses: of the courses completed at FDU 24 credits (eight courses) must be upper-level
  • a grade of C or better in all seven HRTM Specialization courses
  • at least 30 credits, normally the last 30, must be completed at FDU
  • residency requirement/time limit on degree completion as explained below

A transfer student may transfer credit achieved through either formal course work or through proficiency examination to the extent that the credits transferred do not circumvent existing university policy requiring a minimum of 30 credits in residence, including at least 50 percent of the credits required for upper-level course selections to be taken at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Any course work completed more than ten years before the projected date of awarding the degree (including work for which credit is transferred from another college) shall be evaluated for its currency by the department. Where it is deemed appropriate, the department will recommend courses to familiarize the student with more recent developments.

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality and Tourism Innovation and Excellence is a 120 credit baccalaureate degree program.

  • General Education Requirements: 53 Credits
  • University Core Requirement: 8 Credits
  • Major Requirements: 49 Credits
  • Electives: 40 Credits
    • Hospitality/Tourism Electives: at least 22 Credits
    • Other Electives: 0 – 18 Credits

General Education Requirements: 45 Credits (15 Courses)

  • Written Communication: minimum of 6 credits (2 courses)
    Any combination of freshman writing and advanced-level writing courses or their equivalents at other institutions. At least one advanced-level writing course must be taken at FDU. (Courses labeled Fundamentals of Composition are considered pre-college level and do not count toward meeting degree requirements.)
  • Speech/Professional Communication: 3 credits (1 course)
    Three credits in a course substantially concerned with public speaking, oral, written and/or professional communication/presentations
  • Quantitative Analysis: 6 credits (2 courses)
    Three of the six credits must be in a college-level mathematics course. The other three credits can be from a second mathematics course or from a statistics, logic, computer science, computer technology, or other courses that requires substantial quantitative analysis.
  • Art and Culture: 6 credits (2 courses)
    Six credits from any combination of studio, performing or creative arts or global studies/culture including, but not limited to, computer animation, photography, creative writing, dance, film production, globalization, culture and identity, world literature. Courses may be from the same discipline/category.
  • Humanities: 6 credits (2 courses)
    Six credits in any combination of courses in history, literature, philosophy, art history, film (not filmmaking). Courses may be in the same discipline; at least three credits must be at the 2000 level or above.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits (2 courses)
    Six credits from any combination of courses in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, criminology, geography, political science, sociology) or behavioral sciences (psychology or communication studies). Courses may be in the same discipline; at least three credits must be at the 2000 level or above.
  • Scientific Analysis: 6 credits (2 courses)
    Six credits in course work from biology, chemistry, physics, environmental/earth/planetary sciences and/or other courses that requires substantial scientific analysis. Courses need not be from the same scientific discipline. At least one course must have a laboratory requirement.
  • Ethics and Moral Analysis: 3 credits (1 course)
    Three credits in a course from any discipline that is substantially concerned with ethical theories and questions such as a course in philosophy, religion or a course with “ethics” in its title.
  • Foreign Language: 3 credits (1 course)

University Core Requirement: 8 Credits (4 Courses)

Fairleigh Dickinson University requires all students to complete a common University Core curriculum. Eight credits of University Core courses are required:

  • UNIV1001 – Transitioning to College Life [Waived for transfer students with 30 or more credits (plus 2 additional FE transfer credits if room)]
  • UNIV1002 – Preparing for Professional Life [Waived for transfer students with 45 or more credits (plus 2 additional FE transfer credits if room)]
  • UNIV2001 – Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • UNIV2002 – Global Issues

Major Requirements: 21 Credits.

Electives: 40 Credits

  • HRTM 3105 – Managerial Challenges 1 Credit
  • HRTM 3106 – The Manager and the Group 1 Credit
  • HRTM 3100 – Work Experience 3 credits
  • HRTM 4107 – Applied Research and Innovation Methods  3 credits
  • HRTM 4108 – Development and Research Project   3 credits OR
  • HRTM 4280 – Domestic and International Tourism   3 credits

Course Descriptions