Consistently ranked in the ten top hospitality programs, the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM) program prepares students for careers in the hospitality industry. The four year program leads to a B.S. degree, with a curriculum founded in academic disciplines which include the liberal arts, business, science, and specialized courses in theoretical as well as managerial components for the hotel and restaurant industry. Students gain a foundation in the traditional academic areas to complement state-of-the-art business and hospitality courses; they also have the opportunity to participate in two unique learning laboratories. The Vita Nova/Foodservice Laboratory is managed by the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM) Department and is located on the second floor of the Trabant University Center. The laboratory consists of Vita Nova, a student-operated, 65-seat dining room open to the public; a display kitchen; the Copeland Vinotek wine cellar; the Darden Bistro; and a teaching and demonstration kitchen with state-of-the-art video and satellite capabilities. Students in the HRIM program use the facility to understand the challenges and dynamics of operating a business. On a daily basis, students rotate through management and skill-level assignments to learn the details required to exceed guest expectations. The Courtyard by Marriott at the University of Delaware is operated by the Shaner Hotel Group and provides on-campus lodging for alumni, parents, guests and conference attendees. It also provides enhanced educational experiences for students in the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management by offering opportunities to gain hundreds of hours of practical experience in a teaching and research laboratory located in a hotel setting. Students gain valuable experience in sales, marketing, revenue management, hotel engineering, and housekeeping.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a 4 + 1 + 1 program that will lead to the undergraduate degree in HRIM and the Master of Business Administration degree, the MBA. Both the undergraduate degree and MBA are granted through the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. By careful planning, students in the program are able to complete all requirements for both degrees in six (6) years, including one (1) year of professional work experience after completing the undergraduate degree.
The Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management, HRIM, offers a program leading to a Master of Science in Hospitality Information Management. The goal of the program is first to develop students for successful careers as corporate hospitality information managers, consultants, and hospitality systems implementation professionals, and second to offer high-quality, professional-level instruction for current hospitality managers seeking to further their education by applying technology solutions in operational settings. It is also designed to provide students interested in future doctoral work in hospitality and tourism management a sound foundation toward this goal.
Interested students should contact the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Department (Raub Hall, located on the corner of Main Street and North College Avenue) by calling (302) 831-6077 or may visit the HRIM web site.
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