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Hospitality Management Articulation Agreement and Transfer Guide for Grand Rapids Community College

Ferris Program: Hospitality Management
Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
Ferris College: College of Business
Transfer School: Grand Rapids Community College
Consortium Eligible: Yes
Articulation Agreement: Yes
Total Credits Required: 121-122
Catalog Year: 2024-2025
The effective dates for this articulation agreement are March 1, 2024 to March 1, 2027.

General Education Requirements

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39-40 Credits Required

Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to select appropriate general education courses. Diversity Competency - 2 Courses Required. If not met by courses taken for Culture, Self and Society, or MTA, a student must meet the following: 1 course with the Global Diversity attribute and 1 course with the U.S. Diversity attribute. Ferris State University General Education www.ferris.edu/gened.

  •  Communication Competency
    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    COMM 105 or
    COMM 121
    Interpersonal Communication or Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 COM 135 or
    COM 131
    ENGL 150 English 1 3 EN 101
    ENGL 211 or
    ENGL 250
    Industrial and Career Writing or English 2 3 No Equivalent or EN 102
    ENGL 325 Advanced Business Writing 3 No Equivalent
  •  Quantitative Literacy
    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    MATH 114 or MATH 115 Quantitative Reasoning for Professionals 2 or Intermediate Algebra 4 or 3 MA 115 or MA 107
  •  Natural Sciences Competency

    Two courses are required with a minimum of 6 credits: must have at least one lab course.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    Varies Natural Sciences Electives 6 Varies
  •  Cultural Competency

    Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines, have at least one 200 level or higher course, and have no more than 5 credits from Cultural Competency Activities. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    Varies Culture Electives 9 Varies
  •  Self and Society Competency

    Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one 200 level or higher course. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3 EC 252
    ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 EC 251
    Varies Self and Society Elective 3 Varies

College Requirements

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81 Credits Required

  •  Business Core Requirements

    30 Credits Required. These courses are used to calculate the core 2.00 GPA requirement.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3 BA 256
    ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3 BA 257
    STQM 260 Introduction to Statistics 3 BA 254 or
    MA 215 or
    PY 281
    MGMT 301 Applied Management 3 BA 283
    BLAW 321 Contracts and Sales 3 No Equivalent
    MKTG 321 Principles of Marketing 3 BA 270
    MGMT 370 Quality and Operations Management 3 BA 175 + BA 278
    FINC 322 Financial Management 1 3 No Equivalent
    ISYS 321 Business Information Systems 3 No Equivalent
    BUSN 499 Integrating Experience 3 No Equivalent
  •  Major Courses

    25 Credits Required. These courses are used to calculate the core 2.00 GPA requirement.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    HSMG 113 Sanitation and Safety 3 CA 111
    HSMG 215 Hospitality Cost Controls 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 292 Hospitality Management Internship 1 3 CA 180
    HSMG 300 Guest Service Management 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 360 Hospitality Leadership and Supervision 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 392 Hospitality Management Internship 2 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 403 Hospitality Law 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 499 Hospitality Senior Seminar 3 No Equivalent
  •  Computer Literacy

    3 Credits Required. This requirement can be met with a competency exam or Microsoft Certification with elective courses to replace the 3 credits required. These courses are not used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    (Choose 1 of 2)
    ISYS 103 and
    ISYS 104 
    Word and Presentation Applications and
    Spreadsheet and Integration Applications

    3 No Equivalent

    ISYS 105 Introduction to Microcomputer Systems and Software 3 BA 145 or
    CIS 103

Concentration

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24 Credits Required (Advisor Approval)

Students completing the Pre-Hospitality (Specialized Management), A.A. at Grand Rapids Community College should complete all courses listed in the Specialized Management Concentration section. For questions on this concentration, please see your Ferris advisor.

  •  Food and Beverage Concentration (FAMG)

    24 Credits Required. These courses are not used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course

    (Choose 2 of 3)
    COHP 160 or
    HSMG 127 or
    HSMG 226

    Nutrition for Healthy Living or Principles of Cooking and Baking or International Cuisine and Culture 3 CA 209 or
    CA 105 or
    CA 114
    HSMG 207 Bar & Beverage Management 3 CA 233
    HSMG 211 Purchasing for Food and Beverage Operations 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 230 Front of House Operations 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 301 Hospitality Facilities Management 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 373 Human Resource Management 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 399 Food and Beverage Operations Management 3 No Equivalent
  •  Lodging Management Concentration (LDMG)

    24 Credits Required. These courses are not used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    HSMG 301 Hospitality Facilities Management 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 305 Convention Sales and Service 3 No Equivalent
    MGMT 373 Human Resource Management 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 404 Front Office Operations 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 406 Revenue Management and Hotel Analytics 3 No Equivalent
    Varies Directed Elective (Advisor Approval) 9 Varies
  •  Event Management Concentration (EVMG)

    24 Credits Required. These courses are not used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement.

    Ferris Course

    Ferris Courst Title Ferris Credit Hours

    Transfer Course

    (Choose 2 of 3)
    HSMG 127 or
    HSMG 230 or
    HSMG 392

    Principles of Cooking and Baking or Front of House Operations or Hospitality Management Internship 2 (Department Approval) 3

    No Equivalent

    (Choose 2 of 5)
    RMIN 200 or
    HSMG 207 or
    MKTG 231 or
    HSMG 301 or
    PROJ 320
    Foundations Risk Management and Insurance or Bar and Beverage Management or Professional Selling or Hospitality Facilities Management or Project Management Fundamentals 3

    No Equivalent
    or CA 233
    or BA 172
    or No Equivalent
    or No Equivalent

    PREL 240 Public Relations Principle 3 COM 266
    HSMG 305 Convention Sales and Serivce 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 401 Event Management 1 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 402 Event Management 2 3 No Equivalent
  •  Specialized Management Concentration (SPCG)

    24 Credits Required. These courses are not used to calculate the major 2.00 GPA requirement.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    HSMG 111 Principles of Food Science 3 CA 209
    HSMG 2-- General Subject Credit 200 Level 2 CA 243
    HSMG 207 Bar & Beverage Management 3 CA 233
    HSMG 211 Purchasing for F&B Operations 3 No Equivalent
    HSMG 229 and HSMG 2-- Table Service and HSMG General Credit 200 Level 4 CA 115
    HSMG 3-- HSMG General Credit 300 Level 4 CA 245
    HSMG 2-- HSMG General Credit 200 Level 3 CA 200
    HSMG 399 Food and Beverage Ops Mgt 3 No Equivalent
    Varies Directed Elective   Varies

Program Contact Information

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College of Business
Hospitality Management Department
(231) 591-2382
[email protected] 

Ferris Statewide - GRCC
(616) 451-4777
[email protected] 

Admission Requirements

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New Student Admission Requirements

2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)

  • SAT Scores Two of the Three Criteria:
    1. ERW SAT score of 450 or higher.
    2. Math SAT score of 500 or higher. Placement in MATH 109 or 110 will be considered (Math SAT score of 480 or higher).
    3. Composite SAT of 900 or higher. 
  • ACT Scores Two of the Three Criteria:
    1. English ACT score of 16 or higher.
    2. Math ACT score of 19 or higher.
    3. Reading ACT score of 19 or higher.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.00 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. 
  • The degree completion program at a statewide and online location requires 48 transferable semester credits to be admitted.
  • Transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at Ferris State University which would require an English ACT score of 16 or higher; or ERW SAT score of 450 or higher; or English Accuplacer score of 6 or higher.
  • Transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s MATH 114 or 115 or placement during the first semester at Ferris State University which would require a Math ACT score of 19 or higher; Math SAT of 500 or higher; or Math Accuplacer scores: Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0 to 49.

More Information

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Select courses may be delivered online and/or in a mixed delivery format (i.e. a mix of online and face-to-face instruction at the Ferris Main Campus or at a statewide location).

To fulfill the residency requirement for a bachelor’s degree a student must earn a minimum of 30 credits from Ferris State University.

Steps to Apply

Advising Notes

It is recommended that potential applicants meet with an advisor to review the degree, course schedule, transfer policies and have any questions answered prior to completing an application. Ferris accepts transfer courses in which the student earned a letter grade of "C" or better. Additional policies such as the Ferris Sunset and Residency Requirement should be discussed with a Ferris advisor. Students who are completing the MTA may have different general education course requirements for the particular degree selected.

Meeting with a Ferris advisor prior to the selection of general education or elective coursework may reduce the chance of completing a course that will not apply toward the selected degree. Students must work with their Ferris advisor to declare a Minor or Concentration and for the selection of Directed Electives.

Once admitted, students are required to complete an orientation and should continue to meet with an advisor as they work toward graduation.

To schedule an appointment or for additional transfer resources and policies see our Transfer Resource page.

*Indicates an approved Ferris course substitution

Reverse Transfer Agreement

Ferris has reverse transfer agreements with several Michigan Community Colleges. Under such agreement, Ferris will provide your official University transcript to a partner school you have attended, so that they may grant you an associate or bachelor's degree upon completion of sufficient and appropriate credit hours from both institutions. In turn, the degree-granting institution will provide Ferris with an updated transcript reflecting the newly earned credential.

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Ferris participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). This agreement will facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one Michigan institution to another. Students may complete the MTA as part of a degree program or as a stand-alone package. The MTA consists of a minimum of 30 general education credit hours as identified by the college or university.

Students transferring to Ferris with the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and entering a degree program will have met a 30-hour block of lower-level general education courses. However, this does not exempt students from completing program-specific prerequisites or higher-level general education course requirements. Students should contact their advisor regarding classes that meet the MTA.

Disclaimer

Transfer guides are not intended to be a contract with Ferris. The information in this guide is subject to change and is aligned with the catalog year listed above. Students should contact their community college and/or Ferris to keep informed of changes. Students' final responsibility for verifying all transfer information lies with the student. Please refer to the Ferris catalog for the most current curriculum.

Partners may contact the Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships with questions or updates at [email protected].