Hospitality and Food Industry Management


Why study hospitality and food industry management at UGA?

The degree in hospitality and food industry management prepares you for jobs across a broad spectrum of opportunities available in hotels and resorts, restaurants, meeting and event management, club management, agritourism, convention and visitor bureaus, and other related fields. You will take courses specializing in hotel operations, food and beverage management, and meeting and event planning.

You will also study the traditional hospitality management subject areas such as economics, accounting, finance, administration, marketing, human resource management, and strategy. To enrich your hospitality learning experience, you can take elective courses such as sustainable food production, food science and safety, food policy, soil and water management, turfgrass management, viticulture and enology, and coffee production.

Our Curriculum

The comprehensive Hospitality and Food Industry Management curriculum provides the depth and breadth needed to be a successful leader within the hospitality industry. The core curriculum provides you with a strong managerial foundation. You can combine that foundation with available study abroad opportunities that are both diverse and global, and your classroom education will be complemented with on-campus experiential learning opportunities.

The Core Curriculum

HFIM 2500: Introduction to Hospitality and Food Industry Management
HFIM 3000: Marketing
HFIM 3150: Human Resources Management
HFIM 3160: Professional Development
HFIM 3180: Law and Liability
HFIM 3210: Financial Management
HFIM 3560: Facilities Management
HFIM 4060: Hotel and Lodging Operations
HFIM 4080: Food and Beverage Operations
HFIM 4580: Meetings and Event Planning
HFIM 4670: Hotel and Lodging Sales and Revenue Management
HFIM 4910: Senior Capstone

Study Abroad Opportunities

  • Viticulture and Enology in the Mediterranean Region
  • Scotland Service-Learning: Addressing Food Insecurity Issues
  • Europe: The Grand Tour - Art and Gardens
  • Romania: Culture-Centered Communication and Engagement

On-campus Learning Opportunities

Because of our partnerships across campus, you will have the opportunity to gain 400 to 600 hours of industry experience by graduation.

Georgia Center and UGA Hotel

We collaborate with the UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel, a 200-room full-service hotel and conference facility. The Georgia Center provides experiential learning opportunities through practicums and internships and is the only partnership of its kind in Georgia.

Additional partnerships

The UGA Golf CourseUGA Dining Services and Georgia Athletic Hospitality provide opportunities for students interested in careers in club management, institutional food service, and catering management. 

Related certificates and minors


As a Hospitality and Food Industry Management major, you have opportunities to obtain complementary undergraduate certifications. The Certificate in Entrepreneurship is through the Terry College of Business and provides a unique and comprehensive academic program that encompasses experiential learning and equips students with the tools and resources to pursue their own start-up venture. The Sustainability Certificate equips students with the skills to make significant, systemic changes in their communities, paving the way for a more sustainable future. Both certifications can greatly contribute to your hospitality management learning experience and professional development.


Our major also encourages students to enroll in minors. Minors contain 15 to 18 semester hours of coursework. Because the Hospitality and Food Industry Management curriculum allows students to take general and major electives, the major is flexible enough for students to complete a minor during their undergraduate studies. While there are 100 UGA minors to choose from, the program encourages minors in one of the following areas because they are highly relevant to the hospitality and food industry management discipline:

  • Agribusiness and Management
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Communication Studies
  • Consumer Economics
  • Culinary Science and Nutrition
  • English
  • Food Science
  • General Business
  • Geography
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Spanish
  • Sport Management
  • Turfgrass Management

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Hospitality Management Scholarships

You can apply for any of the hospitality management scholarships below if you are a UGA Hospitality and Food Industry Management student.

CAES Scholarship Opportunities

Several scholarships are also available to Hospitality and Food Industry Management students through the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department. Information about these scholarships can be obtained from Whitney Jones in 312F Conner Hall or at

For more information about the program, email

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