Resort & Hospitality Management (B.S.)

Lutgert College of Business
School of Resort and Hospitality Management

2016-2017 Catalog Year

  • Event Management Concentration
  • Restaurant and Club Management
  • Spa Management Concentration

This program offers four options

  1. Resort and Hospitality Management (RHM) major with no concentration
  2. RHM major with a concentration in Event Management.
  3. RHM major with a concentration in Restaurant and Club Management
  4. 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 250 hours of industry experience prior to the 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.

Program Requirements

To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  1. FGCU General Education Program (

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    FGCU Course: HFT 1000 Introduction to Hospitality/Tourism (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: HFTX000  or HFTX003

  3. Required Courses in the Major (42 credits)
    Choose one:
    ECO 2023 Princ of Micro Economics (3)
    ECO 2013 Princ of Macro Economics (3)

    FSS 3338C Introduction to F&B Management (3)
    HFT 3004 Resort & Hosp Leadership/Man (3)
    HFT 3221 Mgmt of Resort Hosp Human Resourc (3)
    HFT 3253 RHM Lodging Operations Man (3)
    HFT 3404 Resort & Hosp Financial Acct (3)
    HFT 3407 RHM Managerial Accounting (3)
    HFT 3573 R&H Marketing (3)
    HFT 3670 R&H Law, Legal Issues & Risk Mgmt (3)
    HFT 3945 Resort & Hosp Internship I (3)
    HFT 4295 Resort & Hosp Strategic Mgmt (3)
    HFT 4343 Resort & Rec Facilities Mgt. (3)
    HFT 4464 Resort & Hosp Financial Mgmt (3)
    HFT 4945 R & H Internship II (3)

  4. Restricted Coursework/Concentration (12 credits)
    Select one of the following groupings:

    No concentration noted on transcript
    Select 6 credits from the following:
    HFT 3203 Spa Services and Treatments (3)
    HFT 3204 Spa Operations & Management (3)
    HFT 3271 Intro to Club & Spa Management (3)
    HFT 3443 Hospitality Info Technology (3)
    HFT 3471 Event Operations & Financial Mgmt. (3)
    HFT 3543 Spa Customer Service (3)
    HFT 3572 RHM Sales, ADV & Public Relations (3)
    HFT 3754 Conventions and Meetings Mgt (3)
    HFT 3757 Principles of Event Management (3)
    HFT 3770 Cruise Operations and Management (3)
    HFT 3802 Catering & Special Events (3)
    HFT 3806 Mgt Food & Beverage Operations (3)
    HFT 3854 Wellness & Healthy Cuisines (3)
    HFT 3930 Spec Top: Resort & Hospitality (3)
    HFT 4273 Resort Timeshare, Condo Vac Int (3)
    HFT 4286 RHM Prof. Communications&Pres (3)
    HFT 4380 Golf Course Ownership (3)
    HFT 4457 Restaurant Cost Control (3)
    HFT 4755 Theme Park & Attractions Mgmt (3)
    HFT 4866 Wine Merchandising, Tasting and Technology (3)
    HFT 4912 Resort & Hosp Direct Study (3)
    HFT 4955 Resort & Hosp Mgt Study Abroad (3)

    Select an additional 6 credits of courses from the list above or courses numbered 3000-4999 with an  ACG, BUL, FSS, GEB, HFT, ISM, MAN, PEL, PEO, ORH or MAR prefix.  If HFT 3003 is used to satisfy the common prerequisites, it cannot be used to satisfy the restricted electives.  Other related courses may be considered (see college academic advisor).

    Event Management Concentration
    Required courses:
    HFT 3754 Conventions and Meetings Mgt (3)
    HFT 3757 Principles of Event Management (3)
    HFT 3802 Catering & Special Events (3)
    HFT 4791 Event Mgt Senior Project (3)

    Restaurant and Club Management Concentration
    Required Courses:
    HFT 3271 Club Management (3)
    HFT 3802 Catering & Special Events (3)
    HFT 3806 Mgt Food & Beverage Operations (3)
    HFT 4457 Restaurant Cost Control (3)

    Spa Management Concentration
    Required courses:
    HFT 3203 Spa Services and Treatments (3)
    HFT 3204 Spa Operations & Management (3)
    HFT 3543 Spa Customer Service (3)
    HFT 3854 Wellness & Healthy Cuisines (3)

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree


Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • 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 credits must be in the upper division (3000 and higher).
  • At least 30 of the last 60 credits must be earned at FGCU.
  • Students selecting a concentration must focus their internship within their concentration area.
  • Satisfy College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Complete and document 250 hours of hospitatlity industry experience prior to enrolling in HFT 3945 Resort & Hosp. Internship I
  • Satisfy Service Learning requirement. See

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: 4/25/2017.