Hospitality and Food Industry Management

Hospitality Major

The Importance of the Hospitality and Food Industry Management Discipline to Georgia

The Hospitality and Food Industry Management Major at University of Georgia focuses on three of the following areas: (1) lodging, (2) food service, and (3) meetings, events, and conventions. Georgia hotels, resorts, lodges, and motels generate almost 10% of all jobs in the state, while Georgia eating and drinking places provide 488,000 jobs. Georgia lodging and food service employment growth was over 15% since 2013, and long-term growth in the lodging management occupation is estimated to be almost 10%, while food service management growth will be around 7% thru to 2026. The meetings, convention, and event industry occupation is also an important component of Hospitality and Food Industry Management, and the growth in those jobs within Georgia is expected to be almost 14%. In total, the three occupations are expected to grow annually by 8% and will have 1,810 average annual openings per year within the state. 

The Hospitality and Food Industry Management Major is vitally important to the State of Georgia’s economy and it will keep our hospitality and food-related businesses growing. Such businesses include hotels, restaurants, resorts, wineries, farmers markets and a host of other businesses that serve Georgia residents and out-of-state visitors where the business of travel occurs.

Why study Hospitality and Food Industry Management at UGA?

The degree program in hospitality and food industry management will prepare you for jobs across a broad spectrum of opportunities available in hotels and resorts, restaurants, meeting and event management, club management, agritourism and other related fields. Students 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 also 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.

We also collaborate with the UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel, which is a 200-room full-service hotel and conference facility. The Center will provide experiential learning opportunities to you through practicums and internships and is the only partnership of its kind in Georgia. Additional partnerships with UGA’s Golf Course, UGA Dining Services, and Georgia Athletic Hospitality will also provide similar opportunities for students interested in careers in club management, institutional foodservice, and catering management. Because of these partnerships, you will have between 400 to 600 hours industry experience by graduation.


Our 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

Certificates and Minors

As a Hospitality and Food Industry Management major, you have opportunities to obtain complementary undergraduate certifications in Entrepreneurship or Sustainability. The Certificate in Entrepreneurship is housed in 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

Our Study Abroad Opportunities

  • Viticulture and Enology in the Mediterranean Region
  • Scotland Service-Learning: Addressing Food Insecurity Issues
  • Coffee (El Grano de Oro): From Bean to Cup
  • Europe: The Grand Tour - Art and Gardens
  • Romania: Culture-Centered Communication and Engagement

Your Career Opportunities

  • Hotel and Resort Management
  • Restaurant Management
  • Meeting and Event Planning
  • Club Management
  • Agritourism Development
  • Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Links to Hospitality Management Scholarships

College Scholarship Opportunities

Several scholarships are 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 Jo Anne Norris in 301 Conner Hall or at janorris@uga.edu

For more information about the program, email hospitality@uga.edu.


Program Coordinator

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