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Hospitality Administration

Come learn how to start a career in the Hospitality Field!

The Heber Springs campus offers two career paths for those who want to enter the largest industry in the world - tourism and hospitality. The various degree opportunities depend on a particular area of interest. By seeking an Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Administration, a student can prepare to enter directly, upon graduation, into the hospitality or tourism industry or continue their education by seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

As a student in the Hospitality Administration program, you will be allowed to focus on the area of the industry that interests you the most. The Culinary Emphasis focuses more on the disciplines required to become a chef in any of the hospitality fields, such as hotels, cruise ships, resorts, casino operations, restaurant operations or entrepreneur opportunities. The Administration Emphasis focuses more on the hotel and general business management, and allows each student the opportunity to study the various disciplines necessary to run a hospitality business.

In addition, we offer technical certificates in both emphasis areas, which allows each student to learn the technical aspects of each. The student can learn to cook or manage a department within one of the various hospitality fields of their choice. Technical certificates require less class time, but allows for sufficient knowledge to enter the workforce earlier and begin a rewarding career.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics through March 2015, hospitality employment in Arkansas is up over 7% (year-over-year) and is the only employment category in the state that is up over 5%.

Who is a good candidate for this field?

Anyone with a desire to enter an exciting field that provides opportunities to travel, interact with people, expand their knowledge of cooking or business management or utilize their personality or talent to make a rewarding career.

Core classes include:

  • Introduction to Hospitality
  • Sanitation and Safety
  • Oral Communications
  • Principles of Food Preparation
  • Microcomputer Applications I
  • Dining Service Management
  • Purchasing and Cost Control
  • Nutrition
  • Supervisory Management
  • Hospitality Internship

Culinary Emphasis:

  • Baking
  • Stocks, Sauces and Soups
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Garde Manger (Cold Cooking)
  • World Cuisine
  • Advanced Food Preparation

Administration Emphasis:

  • Lodging Operations
  • Principles of Accounting I
  • Macroeconomics
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Business Communications

The associate degree takes approximately two years or 60 hours to complete, while the technical certificate takes 18 months or 35 hours. Traditional classes are held during the fall and spring semesters with hospitality internships held in the summer. Class credit is given for "working in the field." Financial Aid and hospitality scholarships are available.

Tourism and Hospitality Administration is the largest industry in the world and as such, is a constant source of new jobs. The hospitality industry has continuously provided new jobs over the last few years, even in the face of economic hardship. Additionally, the disciplines learned with these degrees are transferrable anywhere in the world.

ASU–Beebe has a low teacher-to-student ratio - giving each student the opportunity to interact more with instructors.

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