Hospitality Management Degree

Hospitality Management Degree at Harper College

Be a leader in the hospitality industry

Career options  business icon


  • Food service manager
  • Hotel/front desk manager
  • Kitchen manager
  • Restaurant manager

Begin your career in the hospitality industry with this 60-credit-hour degree program. Choose from two distinctive tracts in food service operations or hotel management operations.

Hospitality management is a rapidly growing field, and employers are in search of skilled individuals with solid training in these areas. 

In both tracts, you’ll focus on the techniques and technology of the hospitality industry from a management point of view. Food service operations students take courses in fundamentals of nutrition, food standards and sanitation, menu planning, restaurant layout and operations, dining room operations and more. Hotel operations management students take classes in front office operations, hospitality law and risk management, purchasing and storage, hospitality facility maintenance and more.

Through The Dining Room at Harper College, our on-site restaurant, you get hands-on experience planning, preparing, and serving meals.

AAS degree requirements and outcomes

The Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Management offers specializations in Food Service Operations Management and Hotel Operations Management. Students may complete ONE specialization (click to expand):

Emphasis is placed on the techniques and technology of the hospitality industry from a management point of view. Graduates of this 60 credit-hour curriculum will be qualified to assume positions as production supervisors, management trainees and small unit managers. Upon successful completion of approved hospitality management courses, students may be granted a Certificate of Completion and a Management Development Diploma from the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association. Upon successful completion of approved hospitality management courses, students may be awarded a certificate from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association. Contact the Hospitality Management coordinator for details.

This sequenced degree plan is one of two options that students may pursue to earn the Hospitality Management Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. While there are multiple specializations, this particular degree can be awarded only once.

F = Fall only course S = Spring only course U = Summer only course

FIRST SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
NTR 101 3 Natural Science
ENG 101 3 Communications
FSM 111 3 Program Requirement
FSM 114 2 Program Requirement
FSM 115 3 Program Requirement

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
CIS 100 * 3 Program Requirement
ENG 102 3 Communications
FSM 109 4 Program Requirement
FSM 113 3 Program Requirement
Mathematics1 3 Mathematics

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
FSM 212  F   3 Program Requirement
FSM 215 *  F   3 Program Requirement
FSM 216 *  F   3 Program Requirement
FSM 220 * 3 Program Requirement
PSY 101 3 Social and Behavioral Science

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
FSM 211  S   3 Program Requirement
FSM 213  S   3 Program Requirement
FSM 214  S   3 Program Requirement
FSM 230  S   3 Program Requirement
Humanities+ 3 Humanities

* - At least 15 hours of electives are required. The coordinator recommends the courses with an asterisk (*), however FSM 299 is an option per the catalog.

1 - The mathematics requirement for this degree can be met with Math Competency.  See Math Competency options for information. Students who utilize Math Competency to meet the mathematics requirement must complete an additional three credit-hour elective approved by the program coordinator.

+ - Students must choose a Humanities course that meets the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.

Program learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Food Service Operations Management program will be able to:

  • interpret general management concepts relating to food, beverage and the overall menu.
  • utilize sales techniques leading to quality customer service and guest satisfaction.
  • monitor food production standards and results.
  • identify and promote safe food handling practices.
  • demonstrate a knowledge of general sales, inventory and cost control systems.
  • demonstrate quality supervisory and people skills.

Emphasis is placed on the techniques and technology of the hospitality industry from a management point of view. Graduates of this 60 credit-hour curriculum will be qualified to assume positions as production supervisors, management trainees and small unit managers. Upon successful completion of approved hospitality management courses, students may be granted a Certificate of Completion and a Management Development Diploma from the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association. Upon successful completion of approved hospitality management courses, students may be awarded a certificate from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association. Contact the Hospitality Management coordinator for details.

This sequenced degree plan is one of two options that students may pursue to earn the Hospitality Management Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. While there are multiple specializations, this particular degree can be awarded only once.

F = Fall only course S = Spring only course U = Summer only course

FIRST SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
ENG 101 3 Communications
FSM 111 3 Program Requirement
FSM 114 2 Program Requirement
FSM 115 3 Program Requirement
PSY 101 3 Social and Behavioral Science

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
NTR 101 3 Natural Science
ENG 102 3 Communications
FSM 109 4 Program Requirement
FSM 120 *  S   3 Program Requirement
Mathematics1 3 Mathematics

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
CIS 100 * 3 Program Requirement
FSM 113 3 Program Requirement
FSM 210 *  F   3 Program Requirement
FSM 212  F   3 Program Requirement
FSM 220 *  F   3 Program Requirement

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits Category
FSM 211  S   3 Program Requirement
FSM 213  S   3 Program Requirement
FSM 214  S   3 Program Requirement
FSM 230 *  S   3 Program Requirement
Humanities+ 3 Humanities

* - At least 15 credits of electives are required. The coordinator recommends the courses with an asterisk (*), however FSM 299 is an option per the catalog.

1 - The mathematics requirement for this degree can be met with Math Competency.  See Math Competency options for information. Students who utilize Math Competency to meet the mathematics requirement must complete an additional three credit-hour elective approved by the program coordinator.

+ - Students must choose a Humanities course that meets the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.

Program learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Hotel Operations Management program will be able to:

  • apply basic business concepts used within the hospitality and lodging field.
  • exhibit professional behavior and actions appropriate for the hospitality and lodging industry.
  • recognize and apply sales and marketing concepts leading to quality customer service.
  • demonstrate basic food and beverage management and safety skills.
  • demonstrate quality supervisory and people skills.
  • understand the importance of good organizational and departmental communication within a traditional hospitality or lodging entity.

Resources

Next steps

For more information about Harper's hospitality management program, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.