Electives, Concentrations & Minors

Through SHA electives and Free electives, you will have the ability to specialize or gain knowledge in a complementary field of study. Where minors are open to all students across the Cornell University colleges/schools, concentrations are only available to SHA students. SHA electives can also be taken without pursuing a concentration or a minor. In fact, approximately half of our Hotelies choose not to minor or pursue a concentration and instead select SHA electives to support their career interests.

SHA Concentrations

SHA students can specialize in a particular area of hospitality through one of the school’s three concentrations, each with various focus:

Finance, Accounting, and Real Estate (FARE)

Areas of focus include: Recommended Faculty AY 2018-2019:
Corporate Finance L. Canina, S. Carvell, P. Moulton
General Financial Management L. Canina, S. Carvell, P. Moulton
Hospitality Controllership M. MacAusland
Security Analyst/Investment Banking L. Canina, S. Carvell, P. Moulton
Design S. Robson, B. Wellstead
Development B. Wellstead

Hospitality Leadership Concentration (HOLD)

Areas of focus include: Recommended Faculty AY 2018-2019:
Human Resources B. Tracey
Law A. Klausner, D. Sherwyn
Managerial Leadership T. Simons
Entrepreneurship N. Tarallo

Services Marketing and Operations Management (SMOM)

Areas of focus include: Recommended Faculty AY 2018-2019:
Beverage Management D. Miller, C. Stanley
Corporate Food & Beverage Operations G. Pezzotti, A. Susskind
Information Systems Management A. Whitmore, M. McCarthy
Revenue Management C. Anderson
Services Marketing Management C. Dev
Specialty Operations R. McCarthy

Faculty contact information is found at https://sha.cornell.edu/faculty-research/by-name.html.

To officially declare a concentration and have it appear on the final transcript, the student must select and work with a faculty member in their area of interest.  The faculty and student will determine 12 credits of upper-level (3000 or above) electives in a focus area, and submit a completed Election of Concentration Form to the Office of Student Services.  All courses toward the concentration must be taken for a letter grade (unless offered only with an SX/UX option), and students must achieve a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA within the 12 credits of concentration courses.

Concentrations must be declared prior to the start of the student’s final semester.

Only one officially declared concentration will appear on the final transcript.

Undergraduate Minor in Real Estate

The School of Hotel Administration offers the minor in Real Estate. This minor prepares students for careers in the commercial real estate industry such as real estate investor, real estate finance, real estate consulting, structured finance, and real estate transaction support.

Cornell University Minors

Cornell University offers 70 minors across the schools and colleges, in a variety of fields and disciplines. Many of these minors are interdisciplinary. SHA students may consider a minor in a foreign language, computer science, theater, nutritional and health Sciences, and more. For more information, visit Undergraduate Minors under the Cornell University Fields of Study.