Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Resort, Recreation and Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Science (BS)

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Communication Skills: RRHM graduates demonstrate quality written and verbal communication skills as applied to hospitality/tourism and guest relations.
  • Business Skills: RRHM graduates demonstrate competency in business skills needed to manage related departments within the hospitality/tourism industry.
  • Competency in Historical Perspectives: RRHM graduates demonstrate competency in the historical perspective of the hospitality and tourism industry to ongoing social, cultural, and political policies or constraints.
  • Competency in Administration, Programming, and Event Planning: RRHM graduates demonstrate competency in administration, programming, event and meeting planning skills related to the hospitality and tourism industry.
  • Demonstrate Professional Values and Behavior: RRHM graduates demonstrate professional values and behavior within the field of hospitality and tourism.
  • Competency in Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism: RRHM graduates demonstrate competency in sustainable hospitality and tourism practices.
  • Competency in Planning and Evaluation: RRHM graduates demonstrate competency in planning and evaluating hospitality and tourism facilities.

Related Links

Resort, Recreation and Hospitality Management, BS Program Page

Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements60

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements 

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Resort, Recreation & Hospitality Management Core
HEMT 112Introduction to HEMT 13
HEMT 114Sustainability in Food and Hospitality 13
HEMT 210Contemporary Travel and Tourism 13
HEMT 215Public Relations for Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism 13
HEMT 222Programming and Leadership for HEMT 13
HEMT 316Management of Hospitality & Tourism Facilities 13
HEMT 322Food and Beverage Operations 13
HEMT 326Introduction to Meetings and Event Management3
HEMT 351Practicum in HEMT 13
HEMT 415Challenges and Trends in Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism 13
Required Internship
HEMT 450Internship in HEMT 112
Resort, Recreation & Hospitality Management Track
HEMT 311Principles of Commercial Recreation/Tourism 13
HEMT 312Commercial Recreational Feasibility Studies 13
HEMT 320Hospitality and Tourism Marketing3
HEMT 416Resort Recreation Programming 13
HEMT 417Hotel/Lodging & Hospitality Management 13
HEMT 420Event Production and Coordination3
Total Hours60

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. 120-hour Practicum and 480-hour Internship experience (required)
  2. Career education and development through interaction with industry professionals
  3. Networking skills including opportunity to attend national industry conference
  4. Membership opportunities in career-related professional organizations
  5. Volunteering opportunities with community and campus organizations
  6. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor of Science in Resort, Recreation & Hospitality Management (2373)
This program is effective as of Summer 2020.
Revised: 10.28.2021
UCC 03.02.21 

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
HEMT 112 Introduction to HEMT 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Rock Studies 2 Course 3
HEMT 114 Sustainability in Food and Hospitality 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 1 3
Rock Studies 2 Course 3
Rock Studies 2 Course 3
Rock Studies 2 Course 3
Second Year
HEMT 222 Programming and Leadership for HEMT 3
Civil Discourse - Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Rock Studies 2 Course 3
Rock Studies 2 Course 3
Rock Studies 2 Course 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
HEMT 210 Contemporary Travel and Tourism 3
HEMT 215 Public Relations for Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism 1 3
Rock Studies 2 Course 3
Rock Studies 2 Course 3
Rock Studies 2 Course 3
Third Year
HEMT 311 Principles of Commercial Recreation/Tourism 3
HEMT 322 Food and Beverage Operations 3
HEMT 320 Hospitality and Tourism Marketing 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 0
HEMT 312 Commercial Recreational Feasibility Studies 3
HEMT 316 Management of Hospitality & Tourism Facilities 3
HEMT 326 Introduction to Meetings and Event Management 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Minor Course 0
(Taken after Third Year Spring)  
HEMT 351 Practicum in HEMT 3
Fourth Year
HEMT 417 Hotel/Lodging & Hospitality Management 3
HEMT 420 Event Production and Coordination 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Minor Course 0
HEMT 415 Challenges and Trends in Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism 3
HEMT 416 Resort Recreation Programming 3
Free Elective/Minor Course 3
Minor Course 0
Minor Course 0
(Taken after Fourth Year Spring)  
HEMT 450 Internship in HEMT 12
 Total Hours**121

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 2373
Revised date: 05.03.2022