The Hospitality Management program prepares you for supervisor and manager positions in hotels, resorts, restaurants, institutions, and clubs. You will learn to understand and apply the administrative and practical skills to manage food and lodging operations, including:
- Hospitality principles
- Restaurant and hotel management
- Food and bar operations
- Food safety and prep skills
- Human resources
- Point-of-sales systems
- Budgeting and finances
- Event planning
- Pool safety and maintenance
Learn from instructors who bring real-world experience from their education and professional lives. Instructors have a variety of certifications from the National Restaurant Association and the State of Iowa.
Hands-On Learning Opportunities
Learning Labs: Hospitality Management students get hands-on experience and learning opportunities running the Main Campus RedTail Café.
Field Trips: Visit a variety of hotels, restaurants, event centers, and food service facilities to learn how your skills and knowledge can be applied in a variety of work environments.
Community Classroom: Hawkeye has partnered with local businesses to give you experience with large-scale restaurant, dining, and catering operations.
- Internship: Gain 320 hours of real-world work experience ensuring you have the skills you need to succeed in your future career.
You may take National Restaurant Association certification exams and earn the ServSafe Manager, Food and Beverage Management, Purchasing and Inventory, and Dining Room Management certifications.
The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Applied Engineering and Technical Management has a documented pathway between Hawkeye's Hospitality Management AAS degree program and UNI's Technology Management Bachelor of Arts degree. Check out UNI's transfer guide to learn more.
If you plan to transfer, work closely with a program advisor to ensure courses transfer and you meet program requirements.