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Hospitality Studies

Hospitality Studies

Associate in Applied Science Degree (FP)
Certificate of Proficiency (FP)

The Hospitality Studies program prepares students for careers in the areas of culinary arts and hotel and restaurant management. The Culinary Arts option is designed to meet current and future needs for training food service and food service managerial persons to assume leadership roles in the industry. The curriculum offers a wide range of courses that specifically meet the requirements of the hotels, restaurants and clubs in this field. The program features a heavy emphasis on food preparation, from basic to advanced, combined with courses that offer a solid background in the managerial aspects of the industry.

The leisure and hospitality industry in the St. Louis region generates more than $3.5 billion in sales each year. It employs more than 74,000 people in 15 business categories, including transportation, lodging and event management. In addition to a vibrant and active local population, St. Louis entertains more than 20 million visitors each year. The door is open to good jobs for those who are prepared.

The Hotel and Restaurant Management option prepares students for middle management positions in the hospitality industry. The curriculum provides academic training and practical application courses that prepare graduates to enter the industry at a supervisory level and to perform management functions and duties.
The Hotel Management and Restaurant Management option prepares students for entry-level positions in the industry. Coursework for these programs includes safety and sanitation procedures, hotel and restaurant law, marketing and cost control.

Graduates of these programs may find careers in casinos, motels, resorts, hotels, bed-and-breakfast inns, cafeterias, clubs and limited and full-service restaurants.

The hotel and restaurant industry is the second largest industry in St. Louis. Employment in this field is expected to grow at an average rate due to new job opportunities, employment growth and attrition.

Persons interested in hospitality studies should possess:

  • Basic knowledge of the hospitality industry
  • An understanding of business fundamentals
  • An interest in helping people
  • An interest in food services