Lutgert College of Business School of Resort and Hospitality Management
2014-2015 Catalog Year
This program offers three options
Resort and Hospitality Management (RHM) major with no concentration
RHM major with a concentration in Event Management.
RHM major with a concentration in Spa Management
The curriculum, developed by academic and industry leaders, is uniquely focused on the essential knowledge needed to manage the complex operations of multi-million dollar resort and private club properties. With over 40 top rated resorts and 160 private clubs nearby, the program is particularly fortunate to have the availability and commitment of top industry professionals with both academic credentials and industry experience to teach classes. Students build their résumés by completing 1000 hours of internship experience in a chosen area of hospitality interest. Internship sites are available to FGCU RHM students in the area's finest resorts, private clubs, spas and restaurants. Mentoring opportunities are fostered through a vast network of industry partners.
Through internship experiences and course selections from a defined list of electives, students can focus their studies on any of the following topics: Event Management, Spa Management, Restaurant and Club Management, and General Resort and Hotel Management. See the website for details, or schedule an on campus appointment to talk to a program advisor.
Program Admission Requirements
Submit a FGCU Undergraduate Admission Application and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
Satisfy common prerequisites with a grade of C or better.
Satisfy general education program requirements.
FGCU General Education Program (GEP) (36 hrs) Refer to the General Education Program for more information.
Communication (6 hrs)
ENC 1101 (3)
ENC 1102 (3)
Mathematics (6 hrs)
STA 2023 (3)
MAC 1105 (3) recommended
Humanities (9 hrs)
HUM 2510 (3)
Social Sciences (6-9 hrs)
ECO 2013 (3) recommended
ECO 2023 (3) recommended
Natural Sciences (6-9 hrs)
Note: At least one Natural Sciences course must include a laboratory or field component. Courses meeting this requirement contain a “C” or “L” in their course numbers. Each combined lecture and laboratory course (marked with a C) is equivalent to taking the lecture and laboratory separately.
HFT 1000 Introduction to Hospitality/Tourism (3)
Required Courses in the Major (42 hrs)
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
FSS 3338C Introduction to F&B Management (3)
HFT 3004 Resort & Hospitality Leadership and Management (3)
HFT 3221 Mgmt of Resort & Hospitality Human Resources (3)
HFT 4286 Resort & Hospitality Mgmt Professional Communication and Presentations (3)
HFT 4380 Golf Course Ownership (3)
HFT 4755 Theme Park & Attractions Mgmt (3)
HFT 4866 Wine Merchandising, Tasting and Technology (3)
HFT 4912 Resort & Hospitality Mgmt Direct Individual Study (3)
HFT 4955 Resort & Hospitality Mgmt Study Abroad (3)
Select an additional 9 hours of courses from the list above or courses numbered 3000-4999 with an ACG, FSS, GEB, HFT, ISM, MAN or MAR prefix. Other related courses may be considered (see college academic advisor).
Event Management Concentration
HFT 3471 Event Operations and Financial Mgmt. (3)
HFT 3754 Conventions and Meetings Management (3
HFT 3757 Principles of Event Management (3)
HFT 3802 Catering and Special Event Operations (3)
HFT 4791 Event Management Senior Project (3)
Spa Management Concentration
HFT 3203 Spa Services and Treatments (3)
HFT 3204 Spa Operations and Management (3)
HFT 3271 Intro. to Club and Spa Management (3)
HFT 3543 Spa Industry Customer Experience (3)
HFT 3854 Spa Client Wellness and Healthy Cuisines (3)
University Requirements (3)
IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)
Additional Electives (variable)
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 120 HRS
Additional Graduation Requirements
Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
Earn a Grade of C or higher in the Common Prerequisites and Required Courses in the Major.
At least 48 of the 120 hours must be in the upper division (3000 and higher).
At least 30 of the last 60 hours must be earned at FGCU.
Satisfy Communication and Computation Skills, and foreign language entrance requirements.
The following substitutions are acceptable for common prerequisites and must be completed with a grade of C or higher:
HFT 1000: may substitute HFT X000; at FGCU may substitute HFT X003 or HFT 3003 for students entering FGCU before Fall 2014.
For All Majors: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.
Transfer credits will ordinarily be accepted from regionally accredited institutions and evaluated for appropriate credit toward requirements in the student's degree program.
The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation. Printed on: 4/28/2015.