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INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE: Hospitality Management pathway

The International Year One hospitality management pathway delivers the freshman courses that international students require for a Hospitality Management major at Widener University. Students take 31 academic credits.

Academic course curriculum

In conjunction with English language preparation courses, students in the Hospitality Management Pathway take 12 credits of core courses, plus 19 credits from these academic courses:

INTRODUCTION TO THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

Course code: HM 101                            Academic credits: 3

Study of the business and career opportunities within the hospitality industry. The course begins with a look at the history and development of the industry and proceeds to current trends and characteristics of resorts, hotels, restaurants, and industrial feeding operations. Economic trends in travel and leisure are analyzed in terms of their significance to the hospitality industry.

UNDERSTANDING AND WORKING IN ORGANIZATIONS

Course code: MGT 100                              Academic credits: 3

Develop an understanding of how business firms work, compete, and succeed in the marketplace. Using the value chain framework, this course exposes students to the different functions of business, how various business activities fit together to make an organization, and what it means to work and manage in different functional areas of the firm. Students learn how industry dynamics and business activities affect operations and outcomes. In addition to establishing a foundation for subsequent business courses, MGT 100 has a strong career development component. Students engage in the process of career planning by assessing their personal interests, creating a resume, developing a career action plan, and meeting with career counselors. This course uses a hands-on learning model and brings a variety of industry speakers into the classroom.

ELEMENTARY FUNCTIONS

Course code: MATH 117                             Academic credits: 3
Required before start: at least level 3 on the University's mathematics assessment

The course starts with a review of elementary algebra and moves on to the study of functions and graphs (emphasizing polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions), systems of linear equations, and matrices and linear programming.

COMPUTING AND SPREADSHEETS

Course code: MIS 180                             Academic credits: 1

Today's business professionals are required to be more involved with computer application usage and development. The student has to demonstrate the understanding and ability using electronic spreadsheets for decision support purposes. Using state-of-the-art spreadsheet techniques, students create and manipulate spreadsheet data, perform sensitivity analysis (what-if scenarios), perform simple macro programming, and create graphs and charts.

AMERICAN CIVILIZATION I

Course code: HIST 121                               Academic credits: 3

This course surveys the history of the United States to 1877, with emphasis on how major economic, political, and social changes affected the lives and values of Americans. The focus is on how diverse peoples experienced and influenced the processes of colonization, nation-building, and sectional development. The class examines the kinds of evidence historians use to reconstruct the past and challenges students to think analytically about historical sources to learn how people made sense of and shaped American civilization.

ELEMENTARY CALCULUS I

Course code: MATH 118                             Academic credits: 3
Required before start: success in MATH 117

Concepts of calculus are studied. The emphasis is on the differentiation and integration of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Course code: ENVR 100                             Academic credits: 3

This course is designed for non-science majors who are interested in the environment and environmental issues. Topics include an overview of humans and nature (environmental problems and their causes), principles and concepts (matter and energy, ecosystems, risk, toxicology, human health), resources and wastes, biodiversity, and living sustainably.

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Key Facts

Course length:

2, 3 or 4 semesters, depending on English level

Next start date:

Summer semester: May 19, 2014
Fall semester: August 17, 2014
Spring semester: January 12, 2015

Fees:

$25,000 tuition for 2-semesters.

Course modules:

  • English language
  • Degree-level study skills
  • Core academic courses
  • Pathway academic courses

Entry requirements:

GPA 2.75 or equivalent

English level from the equivalent of IELTS 4.5 or TOEFL iBT 45.