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Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)

Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM)

School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management, College of Business and Economics

The Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) major prepares students to assume positions of responsibility within the world’s largest industry.

In the first two years of study, students are introduced to foundational business skills and knowledge; and provided with an in-depth overview of the industry’s three sectors: hotel and lodging; restaurant and foodservice; and tourism.

By the end of the second year, students must choose one of those sectors as their area of emphasis. For the remainder of the program, the courses and learning opportunities that students encounter have one goal: to help them cultivate the knowledge, skills and understanding required of a managerial leader in their chosen area.

Topics of study for all three areas of emphasis includes:

  • human resources management;

  • marketing;

  • accounting;

  • communications

The hotel and lodging area includes:

  • operations;

  • event management;

  • design

The restaurant and foodservice area includes:

  • food systems;

  • restaurant management;

  • beverage management

The tourism area includes:

  • planning and development;

  • sustainability;

  • international tourism

An integral part of the HTM major is experiential learning, which means that theory is balanced with practice. Students are encouraged to participate in guided learning opportunities outside the conventional classroom, such as independent study courses, study abroad, and numerous networking events with industry leaders.

Additional information:

  • 1200 hours of verified work experience in the hospitality and tourism industry is required for students to be eligible for graduation.

  • 700 hours of hospitality and tourism work experience must be completed before a student enters Semester 7.

Elective options enable students to select courses that support or complement their area of emphasis. Examples:

  1. Students may use a combination of courses from their major, liberal education and free electives to earn the Certificate in Leadership. For information about this certificate and its course requirements, see http://www.leadershipcertificate.com/

  2. Students interested in languages and/or participating in study abroad programs may use a combination of their liberal education or free electives to study one or more of the various languages taught at the University or to take courses while abroad.

  3. Students interested in independent study courses (e.g. HTM*4130, HTM*4140, HTM*4150, HTM*4500) may use a combination of their restricted or free electives to study one or more of these special topic courses. For more information regarding current offerings, students should consult the Faculty Advisor.

Degree Requirements (20.00 Total Credits)

13.50 - Required Core Courses

3.50 - Area of Emphasis (Restricted Electives)

0.00 – MGMT*1100 (Business Career Preparation)

1.50 - Liberal Education Electives

1.50 - Free Electives


Semester 1
ECON*1050 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
HTM*1700 [0.50] Foodservice Management
MCS*1000 [0.50] Introductory Marketing
MGMT*1000 [1.00] Introduction to Business
Semester 2
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
HTM*1160 [0.50] Lodging Operations
MATH*1030 [0.50] Business Mathematics
1.00 electives or areas of emphasis
Semester 3
ACCT*1220 [0.50] Introductory Financial Accounting
HTM*1070 [0.50] Responsible Tourism Policy and Planning
One of:
ECON*2740 [0.50] Economic Statistics
STAT*2060 [0.50] Statistics for Business Decisions
Semester 4
ACCT*2230 [0.50] Management Accounting
MGMT*1100 [0.00] Business Career Preparation
Semester 3 or 4
HROB*2090 [0.50] Individuals and Groups in Organizations
HTM*2010 [0.50] Hospitality and Tourism Business Communications
HTM*2030 [0.50] Control Systems in the Hospitality Industry
MCS*2020 [0.50] Information Management
1.00 electives or areas of emphasis
Semester 5 or 6
ECON*2560 [0.50] Theory of Finance
HROB*2290 [0.50] Human Resources Management
HTM*3080 [0.50] Marketing Strategy for Hospitality Managers
HTM*3120 [0.50] Service Operations Analysis
MCS*3040 [0.50] Business and Consumer Law
MGMT*3020 [0.50] Corporate Social Responsibility
MGMT*3320 [0.50] Financial Management
1.50 electives or areas of emphasis
Semester 7 or 8
HTM*4080 [0.50] Experiential Learning and Leadership in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
HTM*4190 [0.50] Hospitality and Tourism Industry Consultation
HTM*4250 [0.50] Hospitality Revenue Management
MGMT*4000 [0.50] Strategic Management
3.00 electives or areas of emphasis
Areas of Emphasis

Students in the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) major choose one of the three areas of emphasis: Hotel and Lodging; Restaurant and Foodservice; or Tourism. Students should declare an area of emphasis by semester 4 in order to facilitate course selection for their chosen area. See the HTM Academic Advisor to declare your area of emphasis.

Hotel and Lodging

Semester 4, 6 or 8
HTM*2070 [0.50] Event Management
Semester 5 or 7
HTM*3060 [0.50] Lodging Management
Semester 7
HTM*4090 [0.50] Hospitality Development, Design and Sustainability
Semester 8
HTM*4060 [0.50] Advanced Lodging Management
1.50 credits of:
ECON*2200 [0.50] Industrial Relations
EDRD*3160 [0.50] International Communication
FARE*4360 [0.50] Marketing Research
HTM*3160 [0.50] Destination Management and Marketing
HTM*3180 [0.50] Casino Operations Management
MGMT*4260 [0.50] International Business
REAL*1820 [0.50] Real Estate and Housing
REAL*2820 [0.50] Real Estate Finance
REAL*3810 [0.50] Real Estate Market Analysis
REAL*3890 [0.50] Property Management
REAL*4820 [0.50] Real Estate Appraisal
REAL*4840 [0.50] Housing and Real Estate Law

Restaurant and Foodservice

Semester 5 or 6
HTM*2700 [0.50] Understanding Foods
HTM*3090 [1.00] Restaurant Operations Management
Semester 8
HTM*4110 [0.50] Advanced Restaurant Operations
1.50 credits of:
FOOD*3700 [0.50] Sensory Evaluation of Foods
HROB*3010 [0.50] Managing and Rewarding Performance
HROB*3070 [0.50] Attracting and Acquiring Talent
HROB*3090 [0.50] Developing Talent
HROB*4060 [0.50] Workforce Optimization
HTM*2070 [0.50] Event Management
HTM*2740 [0.50] Cultural Aspects of Food
HTM*3030 [0.50] Beverage Management
HTM*3780 [0.50] Managing Food in Canada
HTM*4050 [0.50] Wine and Oenology
MCS*3010 [0.50] Quality Management
NUTR*1010 [0.50] Introduction to Nutrition


Semester 6
GEOG*3490 [0.50] Tourism and Environment
HTM*3160 [0.50] Destination Management and Marketing
Semester 8
FARE*4360 [0.50] Marketing Research
HTM*4170 [0.50] International Tourism
1.50 credits of:
ECON*2100 [0.50] Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
ECON*2650 [0.50] Introductory Development Economics
ECON*4830 [0.50] Economic Development
EDRD*3400 [0.50] Sustainable Communities
EDRD*3500 [0.50] Recreation and Tourism Planning
EDRD*4010 [0.50] Tourism Planning in the Less Developed World
GEOG*1220 [0.50] Human Impact on the Environment
GEOG*2210 [0.50] Environment and Resources
HTM*2070 [0.50] Event Management
HTM*3180 [0.50] Casino Operations Management
LARC*2820 [0.50] Urban and Regional Planning
MCS*3030 [0.50] Research Methods
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