Hospitality is a diverse, exciting, and rapidly growing global industry. Whether your current or future responsibilities involve lodging or restaurant operations, travel services, gaming and entertainment, special events planning, or recreation management—UNT Dallas provides educational opportunities to help you meet your professional goals. Hospitality Management is currently a concentration in the Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree at UNTD. We anticipate that this area of study will become a major in Fall 2015; the major is currently undergoing the approval process. In the meantime, the BAAS degree offers the Hospitality Management concentration.

Description of the Field

The Hospitality Management program at UNTD is led by seasoned hospitality professionals who bring years of industry experience to their work in the college classroom. The program features specialized hospitality coursework in operations management, food safety and nutrition, strategic marketing, human resources, and hospitality law.  As students complete the core requirements for the program, they also gain National Restaurant Association certification in such areas as Human Services Management, Sanitation and Food Safety, Inventory and Purchasing, and Special Events, among others.  Whether your dream is to own a Bed & Breakfast, travel the world working for a cruise line, or designing menus for hospital patients, a degree in hospitality management is your key to one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

Possible Employers

  • U.S. and international resorts
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Cooking schools
  • U.S. and international hotels
  • Cruise lines
  • Event production agencies
  • Golf courses
  • Country clubs
  • Wineries
  • Spas
  • Health facilities
  • Schools (K-12)
  • Colleges and universities

Possible Job Titles

After earning your degree in Hospitality Management, you can choose from a wide variety of career options. Some are listed below.

  • Chef
  • Food buyer
  • Hotel and restaurant management
  • Hospitality accounting
  • Hospitality marketing and sales
  • Bar staff
  • Catering
  • Event management
  • Advertising and public relations
  • Wedding coordinator
  • Fitness management
  • Nutrition
  • Travel coordinator
  • Venues and facilities management
  • Purchasing manager

Success Strategies

  • Take your education seriously — Earn good grades.  They are an indicator of your commitment to your work and evidence of a strong work ethic. Even after leaving school, you’ll want to stay current with ways courses, seminars, and formal education (a business degree, for example) can advance your career.
  • Develop strong communication skills.
  • Actively participate in student organizations in college to build leadership skills and to develop networks that will prove useful to you later.  After graduation, continue to seek out ways to participate in professional organizations and your community.
  • Follow your interests.  Listen to your instincts and pursue what you find interesting, fascinating, and fulfilling.  It’s important to enjoy the work that takes so much of your time and effort!

Online Resources

 

Professional Associations

National Restaurant Association -- http://www.restaurant.org/Home

American Hotel and Lodging Association-- http://www.ahla.com/

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association-- http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com/

Asian American Hotel Owners Association-- http://www.aahoa.com/

International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education-- http://www.chrie.org/

 

Questions about this program? Contact Dr. Mark Stanley, Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences Degree at 972.338.1551 or by email,  mark.stanley@untdallas.edu. 

 

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