Foundations, Leadership & Administration
College of Education, Health and Human Services
The School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in hospitality management, the Bachelor of Science in sport administration, the Bachelor of Science in educational studies and the Bachelor of Science in recreation, park and tourism management.
Kent State University offers the only four-year hospitality management program in Ohio accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration. The program has been continuously accredited since 2002. The Hospitality Management Program prepares leaders for careers in major hospitality industry segments through academic and research programs valuing quality of life, business success, collaborative partnerships, creative approaches and ethical principles.
Graduates look forward to well-compensated positions in the industry as managers in restaurants, hotels, casino hotels, conference centers, country clubs and other hospitality venues. The Hospitality Management Program curriculum combines specialty classes in hospitality management and business management coursework. Students gain experience in the field through food labs, class assignments associated with university dining and other area hospitality businesses and a practicum during the junior or senior year.
Nationally and internationally, the affiliated student chapters of Professional Convention Management Association of America (PCMA), Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society provide opportunities for leadership development and networking. Additional opportunities for students to be involved beyond the classroom include a mentoring program with Northeast Ohio hospitality leaders and the Kent State University Campus Kitchens project. Students and faculty enjoy the support of Kent State University Dining Services and members of the Hospitality Management Advisory Board for many of the program initiatives. Annually the Schwebel Guest Lecture Series features leading hospitality professionals.
The Sport Administration Program prepares students for careers in the sport industry through a balanced academic program and numerous practical experiences. Students complete a core group of courses developed to exceed accreditation guidelines, and all students are required to complete the business minor. A 2.75 high school grade point average (GPA) is required for incoming freshman admission. Transfer students and current Kent State students who are interested in changing majors will need a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to enter the sport management major. Upon completion of the major, students will have the opportunity to pursue numerous career paths in the sport industry such as, managing sport programs at all levels (youth, high school, collegiate and professional) facility management, event planning, sport marketing and public relations. Students have the opportunity to enter as a cohort taking courses together throughout their academic career.
The Educational Studies Program is unique and is designed for individuals who choose to work as educators in human services and resource settings such as business and industry; outdoor education; and religious, community or interest and advocacy groups. Individualized programs are developed to reflect a consideration for the nature of the setting in which educators will work (e.g., youth center, social agency, museum, park, business), the particular skills and competencies required in such an educational career (e.g., program planning, technology utilization, interpersonal and multicultural facilitation) and the nature of the particular educational function which characterizes the options (program design, instruction, service delivery).
Recreation, Park and Tourism Management
Faculty in the Recreation, Park and Tourism Management Program are committed to teaching and fostering a personalized approach to the undergraduate educational experience. The program is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association. Students study under a distinguished and dedicated faculty who are active in teaching, scholarship, research and professional activities. All students complete a capstone semester-long internship prior to graduation. Internships are available locally, across the country and internationally
Recreation Management Concentration
Students in the recreation management concentration prepare for careers in community recreation departments, youth development centers, inclusive recreation, adventure centers, corporate recreation and fitness programs, correctional and therapeutic recreation, military recreation, senior centers, camps and nonprofit organizations such as the YMCA and the YWCA. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to become Certified Park and Recreation Professionals through the National Recreation and Park Association.
Park Management Concentration
Students in the park management concentration prepare for careers in the great outdoors. The emphasis of the concentration is on parks and other natural environments for human enjoyment, environmental education and ecological diversity. Careers are available with a variety of public agencies and nonprofits such as the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, state and local park agencies, as well as private outfitters, guiding services and outdoor leadership programs.
Tourism Management Concentration
The focus of the tourism management concentration is on tourism service management and sustainable destination development. A business administration minor is built into this concentration, while education abroad opportunities are available. Career opportunities are available in resorts, theme parks, outdoor adventures, special events, convention and visitors bureaus, cruise ships, regional planning and eco tourism.