The W. A. Franke College of Business2013-2014

Hotel and Restaurant Management

Hotel and Restaurant Management, Bachelor of Science

This degree not only prepares students with the professional knowledge and skills to succeed in the hospitality industry, but also provides opportunities for growth and experience in that industry. Throughout a student's time in the program, students will focus on a set of hospitality courses including, but not limited to, guest services, food preparation, and sales.

This degree is nationally recognized by the Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education.

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management?

The hospitality industry is enormous. When you count everything from hotels, restaurants, and resorts to amusement parks, convention halls, stadiums, casinos, country clubs, and spas, you can understand why some consider hospitality/tourism/travel to be the world's largest industry. Government studies predict that over the next ten years, there will be a boom in management positions in lodging, food service, tourism, recreation, and sports facilities-twice the expected overall rate for employment growth.

At Northern Arizona University, you will have close access to faculty from one of the top hotel and restaurant management programs in the country. In a rigorous yet collaborative environment, you will immerse yourself in management courses, technical training, and liberal arts studies. Students are required to complete two semesters of a modern language and work 1200 hours in some capacity in a hospitality establishment. Supervised external internships are also available.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Hotel Management
  • Restaurant Management
  • Club and Spa Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Culinary Arts

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Food and Beverage Director
  • Rooms Division Director
  • General Manager
  • Restaurant Manager/Owner
  • Restaurant Chain Senior Management
  • Hotel Chain Senior Management

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 73 units of major requirements
  • At least 8 units of language requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with an HA prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements.
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Foreign Language Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
University Honors Program Optional
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Major Requirements
  • Take the following 73 units:

    Hospitality Administration Core (46 units)

    Business Requirements (18 units)
    Please note that you don't have to complete these courses before declaring your major in hotel and restaurant management. Concentration Requirements (12 units)
    Hospitality Administration (HA) courses, or courses offered in other professional schools, such as The W. A. Franke College of Business, 6 units must be upper-division coursework (300- to 400-level) working with your advisor to choose courses appropriate to your career goals. You may not use general electives to meet this requirement.
Foreign Language Requirement
  • You must demonstrate proficiency in a modern language other than English that is equivalent to two terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP exams arranged by Center for Business Outreach.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
    • You must obtain and document 1200 hours of relevant employment in a hospitality-related enterprise for the technical, hands-on portion of your degree plan.
    • You must also earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 in all hospitality administration core and business auxiliary courses (combined) by the time you graduate.
    • Complete 6 Pathway events prior to graduation.
    Our Hotel and Restaurant Management and International Hospitality Management degree plans are enhanced by the following resources:
    • The Arizona Hospitality Research and Resource Center was created to serve as a resource for our students and to provide research and service for the hospitality industry.
    • The Marion W. Isbell Endowment for Hospitality Ethics was established to encourage applied research in hospitality ethics and management and to increase awareness and resolution of ethical problems related to the hospitality industry through educational programs.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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