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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Dedman School of Hospitality

Director: Donald G. Farr

Established in 1947, the Dedman School of Hospitality (DSH) is the second oldest U.S. hospitality management program of its kind in a public university. The program is regarded by industry recruiters as one of the most highly respected, offering domestic and international studies focusing on luxury resort and lodging management, restaurant and fine dining management, beverage management, event management, and private club management.

The Dedman School is a free-standing academic unit of Florida State University, offering both a major in Hospitality Management and Tourism and a major in Global Club Management and Leadership as options within its Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree. The school is a favored hiring source for managers of the world's leading hotels, restaurants, clubs and resorts. School administrators and faculty members work with top industry organizations, executives and alumni to provide students with a relevant curriculum, valuable internship experiences and networking/mentorship opportunities. Graduates are prepared to fill the growing global demand for multicultural awareness in hospitality managers and experience high industry placement rates.

The school's internship program encourages experiential learning as a complementary approach to classroom education. It offers established internships across the U.S. and those with world-class operations in many other countries, such as in Ireland and Australia. Students are also encouraged to enrich their global education through the Dedman School's Leysin, Switzerland Study Abroad Program.

Networking and leadership opportunities are available through student organizations — such as the Club Manager Association of America, Eta Sigma Delta, and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association — and through numerous events held at the school. The Dedman School's unique curriculum parallels requirements for membership in Florida State's elite Garnet & Gold Scholar Society, thereby supporting student leaders.

Programs Offered

The Hospitality Management and Tourism major prepares students for leadership positions in hospitality management in hotels, restaurants, and other service industries. The school employs a global approach to prepare students to serve a multinational clientele and to fill the growing international demand for hospitality industry managers. Graduates of the program currently enjoy top managerial and ownership positions in hotels, resorts, restaurants, clubs, and other facets of the hospitality and golf industries. The requirement of practical, on-the-job experience, where the student applies classroom knowledge to the workplace, prepares the Dedman School of Hospitality graduate for the operational challenges of industry.

The major in Global Club Management and Leadership is built on a track record of preparing students with business knowledge and skills, developing international internships at top hospitality organizations and building life-long relationships with industry partners. Graduates are prepared to enjoy being a part of an exciting industry segment that includes private country clubs, international hotels, resorts, private yacht clubs, private dining clubs and international golf management companies.

Institutes and Centers

The International Center for Hospitality Research and Development serves as a key provider to international industry professionals of research on a wide array of topics, including tourism marketing, visitors, lodging and service management, food safety, operations policy analysis and training.


The Dedman School of Hospitality is located in the University Center Building B, which provides for the specialized academic/training objectives established by the school. In addition to classrooms, this state-of-the-art facility provides hospitality students with teaching kitchens, a technology center, a publication resource center, and a placement center. The building also contains an affiliated professionally managed city club that provides hospitality students with real-world food and beverage experience in elegant surroundings. In addition to the facilities located in the University Center Building, the Global Club Management and Leadership major is housed at 2550 Pottsdammer Street on the second floor of the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course Clubhouse.