The Associate of Arts in Hospitality assists you in preparing for a career in the foodservice industry. This online program is designed to increase your understanding of proper operational procedures including: purchasing and storage; food service sanitation; food preparation; legal and insurance requirements; and marketing and sales. Completion of this associate degree could also be used as a springboard to a bachelor’s level program.

This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Describe the career opportunities and future industry growth forecasts as they relate to the different segments of the Hospitality Industry.
  • Demonstrate food safety practices that will ensure safe food production from purchase to service.
  • Demonstrate application of theory and concepts as they relate to the various responsibilities of a foodservice manager.
  • Implement strategies to effectively manage and improve restaurant performance, based on operational theory and procedures.
  • Analyze hospitality operation processes and attributes and the legal implication of proper or improper management.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required12
Concentration in Restaurant Operations Requirements9
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements6
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics for Business
Macroeconomics for Business
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Four Points of the Compass: Culture and Society Around the World
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Proficiency in Writing
Argumentation and Rhetoric
Introduction to Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Effective Business Communication
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 courses from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
The History and Context of STEM
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to STEM Disciplines
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (12 semester hours)

HOSP100Introduction to Hospitality Management3
HOSP203Hotel and Restaurant Purchasing3
HOSP204Introduction to Hotel and Restaurant Law3
HOSP221Hospitality Marketing3
Total Semester Hours12

Concentration in Restaurant Operations Requirements (9 semester hours)

Provides an introduction to food and beverage management operations, including: marketing, menu planning, logistical support, production, service, cost controls, and quality assurance. Also examines topics related to foodborne diseases and how to control them.

Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate food safety practices that will ensure safe food production from purchase to service.
  • Demonstrate application of theory and concepts as they relate to the various responsibilities of a foodservice manager.
  • Implement strategies to effectively manage and improve restaurant performance, based on operational theory and procedures.
HOSP101Foodservice Sanitation3
HOSP200Food and Beverage Management3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Quantity Food Preparation
Principles of Cost Control in Foodservice Operations
Total Semester Hours9

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

HOSP295Restaurant Operations Seminar 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (6 semester hours)

Students must complete 6 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.6
Total Semester Hours6