Courses of Study 2017-2018 
    Jul 21, 2024  
Courses of Study 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduation Requirements

In the School of Hotel Administration .

Undergraduate Curriculum

The School of Hotel Administration offers education in the numerous disciplines required for modern management in the global hospitality industry. Included in the core curriculum are courses in operations, management and organizational behavior, human resource management, finance/accounting, real estate development, food and beverage management, marketing, tourism, strategy, facilities management planning and design, communication, business computing, and law. Students also are encouraged to pursue a broad range of elective courses among the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences as preparation for assuming leadership positions in the business and local community. For more complete information about undergraduate program requirements, see the school’s Student Handbook.

Requirements for Graduation

Regularly enrolled undergraduate students in the School of Hotel Administration are candidates for the degree of bachelor of science. The requirements for that degree are:

  1. completion of eight semesters in residence for those who entered as freshmen; semesters of residence for transfer students are determined by the amount of transfer credit awarded and the number of credits outstanding;
  2. completion, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, of 120 required and elective credits (note: 120 credits does not include PE courses);
  3. qualification in one language other than English. This requirement is generally met prior to admission and may be met by any one of the following: (a) three years of high school study of one foreign language; (b) score of 560 on Cornell Placement Test; (c) passing language course level 1210 and 1220 (8 credits) or the equivalent, and attaining a minimum grade of at least C– or “Satisfactory” in each (C or above for transfer credit from other institutions); or (d) passing language course level 1230 or the equivalent;
  4. completion of two units of practice credit (800 hours); and
  5. completion of the university requirement in physical education (including the swim test).

Suggested course programs appear on the following pages. Core courses account for 64 of the 120 credits needed for graduation, HADM electives account for 14 credits, 15 credits are allotted for Non-HADM electives, and 3 credits are allotted for First-Year Writing (FWS). The remaining 24 credits may be earned in courses chosen from the offerings of any college of the university (not including PE or courses below the 1100 level), provided that the customary requirements for admission to such courses are met.

Students in the School of Hotel Administration who plan to attend summer or winter school at Cornell or any other accredited college or university, with the expectation that the credit earned will be counted toward the Cornell degree in hotel administration, must obtain pre-approval from SHA in advance. Without advance approval, such credit may not count toward the degree.

Credit earned in military science, aerospace studies, or naval science courses may be counted in the 24-credit group of free electives.

Course Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree

Required courses:

Information Systems: (3 Credits)

Additional Requirements:

  • HADM electives (14)
  • Non-HADM electives (15)
  • First-Year Writing (3)*
  • Free electives (24)
  • 2 Physical Education classes
  • University Swim Test
  • 2 Practice Credit units (800 hours)


*Students must take a first-year writing class during their first or second semester.

Total credits required for graduation: 120

Typical Course Sequences

The following arrangements of courses tend to be more fixed during freshman and sophomore years, with a greater degree of flexibility characterizing the upper-class years.  Students will typically enroll in 15 to 16 credits each semester.

Graduate Curriculum

The school’s programs for advanced degrees include those of Master of Management in Hospitality, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. For further information on graduate programs, contact the Office of Student Services, 180 Statler Hall, (607) 255-6376.

Required Program for Master of Management in Hospitality Degree

Baker Program in Real Estate

The mission of the Baker Program in Real Estate is to educate, develop, and graduate the next generation of leaders. The Baker Program in Real Estate is a two-year degree program, which confers a master of professional studies in real estate (MPS-RE) degree. The program was designed and intended for students who already have professional real estate experience but who are in the early years of their career.

The Baker Program in Real Estate is a multi-disciplinary curriculum, composed of a faculty with practical experience and academic expertise from six Cornell University colleges. The program is 62 credit hours of coursework plus a required summer internship. The program includes 23 credit hours of elective coursework, which gives students the opportunity to pursue a concentration, and to further develop management and leadership skills. Students are also engaged in a semester-long project, enabling them to apply course work to a real-world case. In addition, the weekly distinguished speaker series provides a venue for students to learn from and network with industry leaders.

Additional information is available online at

Course Schedule Information

For up-to-date information about course scheduling, contact the Office of Student Services, 180 Statler Hall, (607) 255-6376.