Department of Hospitality
and Retailing Management
CONTACT INFORMATION: 601 Human Sciences Building, 1301 Akron Ave.
Box 41240, Lubbock, TX 79409-1240
T 806.742.3068, F 806.742.3042, www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/nhr
About the Program
This department supervises the following degree programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management
- Bachelor of Science in Retail Management
- Master of Science in Hospitality and Retail Management
- Doctor of Philosophy in Hospitality Administration
Mission. The mission of the department is to provide quality education, research and service focused on the knowledge and skills intrinsic in the disciplines of hospitality management and retail management.
The mission of the restaurant, hotel, and institutional management (RHIM) program is to prepare individuals who will make a contribution to the hospitality industry and to society as a whole through quality education, research, and service.
The RHIM program prepares students for management career opportunities in the hospitality industry. The curriculum includes courses in nutritional sciences, arts and sciences, and both core and elective courses in RHIM. Classroom laboratory experiences keep pace with changes in the hospitality field and the required 1,200 hours of work experience allows students to become familiar with the hospitality industry. A 400-hour hospitality industry internship that can count toward the 1,200-hour work experience is also required. Texas Tech’s RHIM program, recognized as one of the top programs in the nation, offers a multidisciplinary approach to hospitality education. The curriculum is designed to prepare the student to meet both current and future hospitality needs. The program emphasizes problem solving and creativity in addition to strong practical laboratory experiences. The RHIM program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.
Teacher Certification. This option offers a career path for those interested in teaching hospitality at the junior high school and high school levels. Students complete a broad base of hospitality management courses and 800 hours of hospitality work experience along with those that lead to teacher certification. Graduates will be eligible for a Specialized Certificate in Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Science. Students seeking certification must meet all requirements outlined in the College of Education section of this catalog. Admission requirements for the teaching program include the completion of approximately 60 hours with an overall 2.5 GPA or better and a satisfactory level of performance on the THEA test or equivalent. Other requirements include a 2.5 GPA or better in professional education courses in the teaching field and a grade of C or better in all required concentration and support courses. To be recommended for certification, graduates must achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the TExES examination prescribed by the State Board of Education.
Minor in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management. A student may minor in restaurant, hotel, and institutional management by completing a minimum of 18 semester hours of selected coursework. Specific courses for the minor should be finalized and approved in conjunction with the student’s major and minor advisors.
The mission of the retail management program is to prepare students to make a contribution to the retail industry and to society as a whole through quality education, research, and service. By focusing on both the role of diverse and global consumers and the complex infrastructure of retailing goods and services, faculty members maintain and expand a partnership between the retail industry and academics. Retail management courses emphasize integration of theory, e-commerce, category management, leadership, industry application, and career planning strategy (includes study in technology, communication, marketing, management, accounting and economics). An internship program, industry-sponsored course projects and a strong alumni base afford students the opportunity to interface with a dynamic combination of retail executives and organizations throughout their academic study.
The curriculum emphasizes work-related experiences, internship opportunities and career placement. A 10-week, 300- to 400-hour supervised internship in the retail industry is required of each student with a retail management major. The supervised internship experience is planned jointly by the faculty and student. RTL 3389, Professional Practices in Retailing, is required during the spring semester prior to enrollment in RTL 3390, Internship in Retailing.
Tracks in Retail Management.The retail management program offers tracks in (1) store management and (2) corporate/research to better meet the needs of students and the retail community by focusing on the specific skills needed at the store level, operations or corporate level. Students may choose a single track or complete both tracks. Students may choose six hours from the following courses for the store management track: RTL 3345, 3375 or 3380; RTL 4340, RHIM 3308, 3320, and 4313. The required courses for the corporate/research track are RTL 3380, 4320, and 4330.
Minor in Retail Management. A student may minor in retail management by completing a minimum 18 semester hours of selected coursework. Specific courses for the minor should be finalized and approved in conjunction with the student’s major and minor advisors.
Master’s Degree. The Master of Science in Hospitality and Retail Management degree requires a minimum of 37 semester hours, thesis or non-thesis. All master’s degree students in hospitality and retail management must complete 16 to 19 hours of core coursework and at least 18 hours of electives. A GRE or GMAT score is required. Students without appropriate background in the chosen specialization will be required to take undergraduate leveling courses designed by the department. For more information, see www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/hrm/rhim/academics_masters.php.
Those interested in the area of hospitality management may choose from RHIM 5316, 5370, 6308 and 6350. Students who wish to increase their knowledge of food and beverage management may choose from RHIM 5310, 5370, 5375 and 6370. A retail management track is also available for students who wish to pursue opportunities in the retail industry. These students may choose from RHIM 5320, 5335, 5340, 5343 and 5360. Students who have an interest in planning special events can follow the event management track and may choose from RHIM 5316, 5345, 5360, 6308, and 6335.
Doctoral Degree. The Doctor of Philosophy in Hospitality Administration degree requires a minimum of 39 hours in hospitality, 21 of which must be completed as a hospitality administration doctoral student at Texas Tech. Additional requirements include 9 credit hours of education courses, 21 credit hours of research and statistics courses, 3 credit hours of seminar, and 12 dissertation credit hours. A GRE or GMAT score is required. Leveling coursework may also be required. For further information see www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/hrm/rhim/academics_doctoral.php for further information.Back to Top
Shane C. Blum, Ph.D., Chairperson
Professors: Dodd, Hoover, Huffman, Scott-Halsell
Associate Professors: Adams, Blum, Fowler, McCool, Velikova, Yuan
Assistant Professors: Chang, Jai, Li
Instructors: Boyce, Edwards, A. Sanchez, N. Sanchez.
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