- Offered as:
The major in wine and beverage business management draws on the expertise of the University's exceptionally strong hospitality business management program. The program's overarching objective is to provide a pool of highly skilled business leaders focused on the burgeoning wine industry. Graduates of the program will be educated across a broad range of wine and beverage business practices and related functional areas, from the management of beverage services to the identification and development of demand generators.
- Strengths and benefits
- WSU's School of Hospitality Business Management is No. 1 in the nation for providing career services assistance to its students as they seek internships and jobs.
- WSU has proven expertise in viticulture, enology, and business, and has research and development partnerships with winemakers across the state.
- Benefit from proximity to one of the world's best and fastest-growing wine regions: a Cabernet Sauvignon from a Washington winery was named best wine of 2009 by Wine Spectator, and the winery's CEO was named Man of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine.
- The interdisciplinary program is tailored to the future needs of the premium wine industry in Washington state and other regions.
- Core Courses
An example of the courses wine and beverage business management majors generally take:
Chem 101- Introduction to Chemistry
Biol 120 - Introduction to Botany
VE 113 - Introduction to Wines and Vines
FS 422 - Sensory Evaluation of Food and Wine
Fren 420 - French Culture
Entrp 490 - Entrepreneurship
HBM 101 - Professional Development
HBM 231 - Introduction to Beverage Management
HBM 350 - Beverage Management
HBM 358 - Foodservice Systems and Control
HBM 381 - Hospitality Leadership and Organizational Behavior
HBM 401 - Career Management
HBM 490 - Food and Beverage Operational Analysis
HBM 493 - Food and Beverage Strategies
HBM 494 - Service Operations Management
Minor in wine and beverage business management
You can add a minor in wine and beverage business management by fulfilling these required courses:
ACCTG 230 — Introduction to Financial Accounting
FRENCH 420 — French Culture Through Wine
HBM 231 — Introduction to Beverage Management
HBM 350 — Beverage Management
HBM 358 — Foodservice Systems and Control
HBM 490 — Food and Beverage Operational Analysis
Plus 400 hours of industry experience
See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Certifying your business major
To join the wine and beverage business degree program, you will need to certify as a business major by meeting the following prerequisites. Certification is required for enrollment in all 300- and 400-level business courses.
Complete the following certification courses with a GPA of 2.50 or better:
- EconS 101 and 102
- Engl 101
- Acctg 230 and 231
- B Law 210
- MgtOp 215
- Math 201 and 202
- MIS 250
Have a cumulative WSU GPA of at least 2.5
Earn at least 60 credits
On the Pullman campus, certifying as a business major is competitive and course enrollments are limited. Pullman campus students are required to apply online to be considered for certification. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements above are ranked by academic performance. The top students are then certified based on the number of spots available that semester.
On all campuses, transfer course grades will be used to calculate the certification GPA, but they are not included in the WSU cumulative GPA.
- Transfer information
To certify your major in the Carson College of Business, you will need to complete specific prerequisite courses. Use our list of transfer equivalencies to make sure you take the right transfer courses at your current college.
Also check out our transfer student guide for more information on transferring to WSU.