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Department of Hospitality Management

Dietetics program now in Human Nutrition

For information about the program in dietetics, see the Department of Human Nutrition's website.


Welcome to the Department of Hospitality Management. Our faculty and students share a remarkable work ethic and land-grant values. One of the oldest departments in the College of Human Ecology, we were organized in 1922 as the Department of Institutional Economics. We strive to honor our history while forging our way into the future. We have positioned ourselves to be at the forefront nationally for our teaching, research, and outreach activities.

The mission of the Department of Hospitality Management is to prepare graduates to be leaders in the hospitality field by integrating theory, experience and research. We are committed to disseminating expertise and knowledge to the people of Kansas and beyond.

The programs in the Department of Hospitality Management are based on the premise that understanding the needs of people in their environments is the basis for successful hospitality management practice. Teaching, research, international and leadership opportunities are designed to prepare students for professional careers in our service-oriented, information-based society. All departmental programs include a commitment to self-evaluation, lifelong learning and adherence to both a personal and professional code of ethics in responding to customer, organization and industry concerns.

The department was formerly known as Hospitality Management and Dietetics; however, a transformation to benefit students is underway. At the end of the 2014-2015 academic year, a decision was made to reorganize the dietetics programs into the Department of Human Nutrition. The change was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents and will be implemented in the fall 2015 semester. The transition has begun on an administrative level, but current students will continue in their programs of study and should notice very little difference in their educational experience. Read more about the reorganization in the July 2015 newsletter.

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Friday, July 24th, 2015

Two College of Human Ecology students were awarded national scholarships this summer. Kaitlyn Ellis, a senior in hospitality management, received a $2,500 Joe Perdue Scholarship from the Club Managers Association of America Foundation. Ellis is the first student at Kansas State University to receive the honor, according to Kevin Roberts, associate professor and director of […]

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Dietetics, human nutrition merge into single department
Friday, July 10th, 2015

The dietetics and nutrition programs will merge into a single department this fall. The move was approved Wednesday, June 17, by the Kansas Board of Regents. "They are a logical fit because of the overlapping principles of the two disciplines. Merging nutrition and dietetics into one department will strengthen both programs to benefit our students, […]

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