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Classes Needed for Hospitality

by Jen Saunders, studioD

Some people would love a career in scuba diving with tourist groups, while others would prefer to travel around the world with private parties, ensuring they are having a good time. Working in the hospitality industry is an attractive field, as it opens the doors for employment in travel, tourism, lodging, food services, software companies, recreation industries, hospitals and retirement facilities. In order to work in hospitality, students must first take a number of courses to satisfy academic and career requirements.

Business Administration

Students pursuing an education that will lead to employment in the hospitality industry as a manager must take several classes in business administration. The University of New Hampshire requires students enrolled in the hospitality management degree program to take six classes in business administration. These classes include business statistics, financial accounting, and behavior in organizations. The hospitality industry is broad in duties, just as it is in its various industries. Classes in business administration prepare students to manage their industry with a business savvy mindset that compliments their other skills.

Beverage Courses

Drinking and hospitality go hand-in-hand. This is not to say you can kick back a beer or two while working, but rather you can provide memorable and efficient service to clientele by providing a range of beverages and having the knowledge to serve exactly what the guest wants. A guest may ask for a beer that is hoppy and has herbal notes, and classes from Florida State University will arm you with beverage knowledge to serve the perfect drink. You will also learn how to store various kinds of beverages, how to serve them in a cost efficient way, and how to select the right products for your business.

General Education Classes

Any degree in hospitality will require a number of general education classes. These include English, humanities, and math. Various schools require their own number of course hours or college credits in general education for their degrees. James Madison University's undergraduate degree in hospitality requires students to take 41 to 44 credit hours of general education. These classes are stressed because people in the hospitality industry must be fluent and proficient in writing and communicating in English with colleagues and clients. They must also learn enough math to figure out measurements, percentages and a number of other mathematical skills necessary in overseeing hospitality operations.

Custom Classes

If you are going to be working in an environment that caters to a particular leisure activity, it is good business to be versed in that sport in order to better relate to clients and guests, and to promote it. For example, many resorts around the world offer scuba diving onsite. Everyone, especially people in management positions, should take a class in whatever sport or leisure activity their resort offers. By engaging in the activity, you can promote it to guests and increase revenue. PADI has locations all over the world that can train and certify an open water diver in less than five days.

About the Author

Jen Saunders is an entrepreneur and veteran journalist who covers a wide range of topics. She made the transition to writing after having spent 12 years in England where she studied and taught English literature.

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