Core Curriculum

Hospitality Core Curriculum Classes

Our SHA faculty-designed curriculum prepares students for careers and leadership through a business management foundation with an emphasis on the service industry. Your SHA experience combines the best of both worlds—a focused core curriculum with the flexibility to combine your interest in hospitality and business management with the breadth of Cornell’s liberal arts curriculum.

SHA’s inverted curriculum will have you complete two-thirds of the courses in your major in the first two years. This structure allows you to explore and experience the breadth of hospitality early, to help you determine more quickly where your interests lie. You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge you learn in the classroom to make your summer internships more relevant as you build your network and explore your career options.

Typical Four-Year Undergraduate Core Template

This is a Sample Core Course schedule. Check out the Courses of Study for the most up-to-date course descriptions.

First Year

In addition to the classes listed below, you will take a freshman writing seminar and general electives (non-HADM) classes in the other Cornell colleges.

  • HADM 1150: Organizational Behavior and Leadership Skills
  • HADM 1210: Financial Accounting
  • HADM 1350: Introduction to Hotel Operations
  • HADM 1360: Introduction to Food Service Operations
  • HADM 1410: Microeconomics for the Service Industry
  • HADM 1650: Business Writing for Hospitality Professionals
  • HADM 1740: Business Computing

Second Year

In addition to the classes listed below, you will take general electives (non-HADM) classes in the other Cornell colleges.

  • HADM 2010: Hospitality Quantitative Analysis
  • HADM 2210: Managerial Accounting
  • HADM 2220: Finance
  • HADM 2360: Food Service Management, Theory and Practice
  • HADM 2430: Marketing Management for Services
  • HADM 2550: Hospitality Development and Planning
  • HADM 2810: Human Resources Management

Third Year

In addition to the classes listed below, you will take SHA electives, free electives, and you may decide to study abroad, pursue a minor, fulfill a concentration, or take classes to explore your interests.

  • HADM 3010: Service Operations Management
  • HADM 3210: Principles of Hospitality Real Estate
  • HADM 3350: Restaurant Management
  • HADM 3550: Hospitality Facilities Management
  • HADM 3650: Persuasive Business Communication for Hospitality Leaders
  • HADM 3870: Business and Hospitality Law

Fourth Year

In addition to the class listed below, you will have many options to explore your interests.

  • HADM 4410: Strategic Management