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Hospitality Management, AAS

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Available completely online or on campus, this degree program provides an in-depth look at the hospitality industry and concentrates on lodging, tourism, food service, and business management. Students completing this degree are prepared for middle management jobs in the hospitality/ tourism industry, including lodging, resorts, conference and convention centers, restaurants, contract services, theme parks and travel/tourism-related operations.

The Hospitality Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), and UA - Pulaski Technical College was the first two-year college in the state to have the ACPHA accreditation. Upon completion of their program of study, students will receive the Certified Hospitality Graduate certificate.

Program Learning Objectives for Hospitality Management:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the broad scope of career options in hospitality along with an overview of hospitality operations and standards.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in appropriate computer and information technologies. Apply technology to culinary and hospitality operations.
  • Utilizing critical thinking skills, demonstrate oral and written communication proficiency with public speaking, social media, menu design, and written articles and/or reports.
  • Analyze strategies to serve the current needs of the hospitality industry. Describe contemporary culinary and hospitality trends.
  • Demonstrate best practices to meet current and changing guest needs and expectations
  • Apply purchasing and of cost control principles, related to culinary and hospitality business.
  • Demonstrate applicable math skills to culinary and hospitality operations business.
  • Operate in a safe and sanitary manner. Demonstrate systematic approach to safety and legal issues of operations in back of the house and front of house environments.
  • Use accepted nutrition standards that lead to positive health benefits. Discuss current community health trends and concerns.
  • Formulate strategies to improve sustainability and ‘green’ principles in hospitality management.
  • Demonstrate the dynamics of the changing global business environment. Discuss service, food, and dietary issues from cultural, religious, historical, and geographical perspectives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of personal skills, including accepted professional standards and codes of conduct. Apply culinary and hospitality terminology.
  • Describe the Management Process and explain the distinction between Management and Leadership.
  • Demonstrate how to incorporate experiential learning from course work and practicum to become a successful hospitality professional.

The AAS in Hospitality Management degree consists of a total of 60 credit hours including 15 credit hours comprising the general education core, 30 credit hours of degree-specific courses, and 15 hours of directed electives. This program of study includes special program fees beyond current tuition and college fees. Students must earn a “C” or better in all BAK, CUL, or HOS courses required for the degree or they must be repeated. 

Possible Positions for AAS in Hospitality Management in Arkansas: Expeditor/Working the Pass • Waiter and Waitresses • Management Trainee • Assistant Unit Manager • Unit Manager • Director of Training • District Manager • Controller Director of Purchasing • Food and Beverage Director • General Manager • Regional Manager CFO/ Treasurer • Director of Operations • Chief Operating Officer • Owner • President/CEO

*This is not a comprehensive list of positions you will be qualified to apply for upon completion of the program.

Certifications available:

Certified Culinary Administrator® (CCA®) Credentials offered:

NRA ServSafe Certification, Food NRA Manage First, Purchasing NRA Manage First, Food Costing NRA Manage First, HR Management AHLEI, Alcohol Smart Certification AHLEI, Managing Dining Room Operations AHLEI, Lodging Operations Certification

General Education Courses

Complete all (9 Hours)


Complete one (3 Hours)

Social Sciences

Complete one (3 Hours)

Hospitality Management and Related Courses

Complete all (30 Hours)

Total 60 Credit Hours

* Recommended for transfer

**Please see a CAHMI advisor for assistance with choosing courses. Electives are recommended based on specific areas of interest. 

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