SU College of Ag establishes an online degree in Hospitality & Food Industry Leadership

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences received approval from the Southern University Board of Supervisors to offer a new online B.S. degree in Hospitality and Food Industry Leadership (HFIL). The approval was granted during the board’s June 18, 2021 monthly meeting in New Orleans.


The College received approval of their Letter of Intent for the 120-semester hour program from the Louisiana Board of Regents on March 26, 2021.


The HFIL program is designed to prepare students to become leaders and managers in the hospitality industry. The curriculum will include online classes, required work experiences, and a structured internship. Tracks for the program will include food and beverage management, lodging management, and event management.


Students will have the knowledge, skills, and ability to assume leadership and professional roles within the global hospitality, food, and tourism industry and related careers.


According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism will be one of the dominating industries of the 21st century. Over the past 25 years, the tourism industry has grown by 500 percent. The College of Ag’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Human Nutrition and Food Program will provide students majoring in HFIL with the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree after the completion of a Louisiana Transfer Associate Degree. Students will be able to complete their B.S. degree in two years using the Louisiana Board of Regents Master Course Articulation Matrix.


For additional information about the online Hospitality and Food Industry Leadership degree program, contact the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Human Nutrition and Food Program at 225-771-4660.




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