The purpose of this study is to integrate practical competencies into a curriculum for hospitality management students. The curriculum developed in this study includes required courses of 32 credits in general and liberal arts, 36 credits in professional domains for selective courses, and 60 credits in
professional domains. Each course was coded. In addition, prerequisite competencies and courses,
objectives and units of the courses, as well as contents and periods of the units were pinpointed. After the draft of the curriculum was completed, a questionnaire concerning the appropriateness of the curriculum development in this study was sent to 15 related scholars in the field of hospitality management education and experts in the hospitality industry. Descriptive statistics were applied to
analyze the data returned from the questionnaires. The data analysis revealed that more than 80% of the subjects believed that the curriculum is comprehensive, feasible, practical, and easy to apply, and corresponds to the teaching goals of the institutes of technology in this field. Twenty-one general
competencies in five domains and 95 professional competencies in hotel-related and restaurant-related domains have been found. Based on the research findings, the practical competencies needed for students in the four-year hospitality management program are identified and a relevant curriculum is suggested.
Asian Journal of Management and Humanity Sciences 1(4):577-589