Nutrition and Hospitality Management

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Hospitality Management General Information

Our faculty members are dynamic and highly qualified, with expertise in many facets of the hospitality industry. They are committed to providing our students with a well-rounded education.

Academic Advising and Core Curriculum:

Students in the Hospitality Management Program in the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management all share in the commonalities of a liberal arts education while at the University of Mississippi. Freshmen students begin by taking required University courses in English, science, mathematics, humanities, and fine arts. Freshmen are advised by the University’s Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience (CSSFYE), located in Martindale. This has been shown to be beneficial for all freshmen in the School of Applied Sciences, significantly increasing freshman retention rates.

Sophomore students are assigned a permanent advisor from the Hospitality Management Program faculty and staff. Sophomores begin their core curriculum of the program. During meetings with academic advisors, students lay out the course roadmap that they will follow throughout the program to graduation. Hospitality faculty are assigned as student mentors, and are available to discuss industry related topics, including building a strong resume, internship and post-graduation job placement, and the development of quality industry mentors.

For a complete listing of courses required to fulfill a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management click the “Degree Requirements” link to the right.

Industry Experience (Pre-Internship and Internship Requirements):

Students in the Hospitality Management Program are actively involved in many areas of the industry during their time at The University of Mississippi. Much of this experience is gained through the accumulation of 600 industry hours.

The Program’s Pre-Internship requires gaining 200 industry hours (total) during the Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years. Although many of these hours are accrued by assisting in departmental and campus wide events. working in the local hospitality industry, and volunteer experiences within the Lafayette-Oxford-University community, students may also pursue opportunities in other locations such as their hometown.

During a student’s senior year, after the 200 required Pre-Internship hours and other course pre-requisites are completed, they are eligible to register and complete the hospitality management internship, NHM 484. Students enrolled in this course work an average of 40 hours a week during Fall, Spring, or Full summer semester, completing a total of 400 hours in an enriching and rewarding facet of the industry.

Although most students find their own pre-internship and internships in various areas, others seek advice from NHM Faculty and Advisors who are dedicated to assisting students in finding an aspect of the industry where they can explore different facets of the industry to determine which ones they might want to enter upon graduation.

For more information on the Hospitality Management Program’s Internship Requirements, click the “Internships” link to the right, or contact Mrs. Candis Couch Varnell, Internship Director at cvarnell@olemiss.edu.

Study Abroad and Study USA

The Hospitality Management Program offers students the opportunity to travel either within the USA or abroad for academic credit. Both Study USA and Study Abroad programs are faculty led by Nutrition and Hospitality Management faculty members and vary in length from 5 days to two weeks. Students travel to major domestic and international destinations to attend and participate in professional trade shows as well as tour a variety hospitality operations to learn first-hand from professionals currently leading the industry. Destinations include Chicago, New York City, Las Vegas, and Florence Italy.

For more information on Study Abroad and Study USA/Abroad opportunities in Hospitality Management, click the “Study USA Program” link to the right

 

From the Study USA page:

 

Study USA and Study Abroad

Get ready to take your learning outside of the classroom! Based on Location Based Learning (LBL) Theory, The Hospitality Management Program offers students the opportunity to travel either within the USA or abroad for academic credit of up to 6 hours per trip, depending on the program chosen.

 

Both Study USA and Study Abroad programs are faculty led by Nutrition and Hospitality Management faculty members and vary in length from 5 days to two weeks. Students travel to major domestic and international destinations to attend and participate in professional trade shows as well as tour a variety hospitality operations to learn first-hand from professionals currently leading the industry.

Trade Shows and Conference Expos

Two of the most popular trade shows and conference expos offered by Hospitality Management faculty-led tours include the Hotel Experience and Boutique Design Trade Show in New York City and the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel show in Chicago. Both of these educational trips include visiting exhibitor booths, attending educational seminars and industry specific events, networking with industry leaders, and touring successful hotels and food/beverage operations. Students on these trips represent the Hospitality Management Program, the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management, the School of Applied Sciences, and the University of Mississippi as they are seen as ambassadors for the program while interacting with industry professionals and students from other universities and colleges from around the world.

The trip to the Hotel Experience and Boutique Design Trade in New York City is offered during the Fall in November and the trip to the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel show in Chicago is offered during the May Intersession.

World Class Tourist Destinations

Through Study USA and Study Abroad, students in the Hospitality Management Program have also benefitted from educational travels to Las Vegas and Italy.

While in Las Vegas, students visit and stay on the historic Vegas Strip where they tour world-class hotels, casinos, and dining operations. During this trip, which is offered during the January winter intersession, students interact with Las Vegas industry professionals as they see state-of-the-art hotel rooms, visits to the casino floors, dine in luxury restaurants, and see much of the behind-the-scenes operations that is rarely open to the public.

If studying abroad is calling you, then come explore Florence and the Tuscany regions in Italy. Travel for this course is for 2 weeks in May. Students visit wineries among the many vineyards just outside of Florence, travel to the town of Modena to explore their famous balsamic vinegars and visit a cheese making factory near Bologna. Students have time to explore the cities, including a a guided tour the Uffizi Art Gallery, one of the oldest and best known art galleries in Europe and will also participate in an olive oil tasting and cooking classes at the Apicius Culinary School!

Where are you interested in traveling? Speak to your advisor today to see what great educational travel opportunities await you!

Electives

The Hospitality Management Program offers a variety of interesting electives for students to gain knowledge and acquire hands-on learning within the industry. Some of these elective courses include topics in event management, lodging, bar and beverage management, quality service promotions, and experimental foods.

Scholarships

Each year, scholarships are awarded to outstanding hospitality management students. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, professional motivation, and financial need.

For more information on Hospitality Management Industry Scholarships, click the “Scholarships” link to the right.

Alumni Relations and Industry Development

The Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management maintains contacts with many former students and other associates in the hospitality industry. Although many of our alumni live in the South (Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas), several others live in other states (New York, North Carolina, and Hawaii). Our alumni and other industry partners visit the department from time to time to interact with current students and faculty members, and enjoy seeing how the department is growing and improving each year. The Hospitality Management Program also works with many industry leaders and professional organizations to develop more unique experiences for our students.

The Hospitality Management Culture at The University of Mississippi

In knowing that the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management is located at the flagship university in the state of Mississippi, the Hospitality Management Program embraces the rich, diverse, and exciting southern hospitality culture. This culture includes a friendly faculty and professional staff with an open-door policy conducive to assisting and interacting with students and community members, serving southern infused food in Lenoir Dining, and exemplary community service.