- Major in Hospitality Administration
- Minor in Hospitality Administration
- Certificate in Hospitality Administration
315 Robinson College of Business Building
Debra F. Cannon, Director
Faculty: Boo, Hight, Kim, Lawrence, Townsend
The mission of the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration is to develop hospitality leaders in a global society.
The primary goal is to provide a well-integrated curriculum incorporating courses in the arts, sciences, general business theory, and hospitality applications that will prepare our students for management and leadership positions in the hospitality industry.
The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration was named in honor of the late founder of the Days Inn Hotel chain. Cecil B. Day is remembered as an astute businessman who developed Days Inn to national prominence. He was equally respected because he gave freely of his time and wealth to worthy organizations. His legacy of excellence is the foundation upon which the program bases its philosophy for preparing future generations of hospitality executives.
The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration prepares its graduates for management careers in numerous hospitality industry segments including: hotels and lodging, resorts, restaurants, private clubs, food service, tourism, event planning, meeting planning, festivals, trade shows and airline and airport management. Graduates are awarded a bachelor of business administration degree with a major in hospitality administration.
Students majoring in hospitality administration will take 21 semester hours of required hospitality courses and 9 semester hours of elective courses including specialized hospitality courses. These core courses will give the student a general knowledge of all segments of the hospitality industry. Specialized elective courses and industry field study allow students to gain additional insight regarding specific industry segments.
The school has the support of local, regional, and national hospitality executives. Georgia State University was the first institution of higher education to offer specialized courses in trade show management. The school was chosen in 1986 by the Club Management Association of America to develop, produce, and direct their Business Management Institute for certification of club managers across the United States and this program continues today. The School of Hospitality works closely with leading professional associations such as the Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association and the Georgia Restaurant Association. Student organizations are tied to these professional organizations and offer excellent leadership opportunities for students interested in the hospitality field. The School of Hospitality has student chapters of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Club Management Association of America, the International Association of Events and Expositions and the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality as well as the student club, Georgia Restaurant Organization (GRO). Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Honor Society is available for hospitality majors excelling academically.
The program was accredited in 1992 by the Accreditation Commission on Programs in Hospitality Administration, a specialized accrediting body and reaccredited in 2000, 2007 and 2015. The program is an institutional member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education, the principle academic and professional association for hospitality education programs.
The School of Hospitality has unique state-of-the-art facilities. The School’s Hospitality Learning Center is the first dedicated classroom in the nation located within a major convention center, the Georgia World Congress Center. The faculty of the program call upon practitioners to lecture on specialized industry topics. Industry managers and executives work with faculty and college administration to maintain a program relevant to industry needs. The school offers scholarships which are awarded annually.
The faculty of the program call upon practitioners to lecture on specialized industry topics. Industry managers and executives work with faculty and college administration to maintain a program relevant to industry needs. The school offers scholarships which are awarded annually.
There are no admission requirements specific to the Hospitality Administration program. However, Hospitality Administration students are required to meet all University and College admission requirements.
Program Financial Information
There are no special fees associated with majoring in Hospitality Administration. However, Hospitality Administration majors must pay all tuition and fees charged by the University and the College.