A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HOSPITALITY ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM
On July 18, 1980, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education approved the degree Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) at Arkansas Tech University. Hotel and Restaurant Management was part of the School of Business until 1994 when it was merged with the Department of Recreation and Park Administration. The Hospitality Administration Program has been recognized by the ATU Administration as one of the top 10 academic programs on the ATU campus. It was the first baccalaureate program in Hospitality in Arkansas and is still the most comprehensive with courses in all aspects of hospitality administration.
Arkansas Tech University's Hospitality Administration Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) which was initially established by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE). The HA program at Arkansas Tech University was first accredited in 2007 and was the first program in Arkansas to be accredited by ACPHA
About the Program
The Hospitality Program will develop leaders in the Hospitality profession.
The mission of the Hospitality Administration Program is to provide quality education in hospitality administration, build a foundation for professional growth and development and encourage lifelong learning.
- Community service
- Personal and professional development
- Embracing diversity
- Lifelong learning
- Life/Work balance
- Problem Solving
aREAS oF eMPHASIS
The Event Management emphasis prepares students for careers in tourism, convention
and visitors bureaus and sport and event management. This emphasis will provide a
background in commercial recreation, recreational sport and event management in Arkansas’
second-leading industry and the world’s largest industry.
The Foodservice Management emphasis provides the coursework necessary to establish
a successful career in food, management and hospitality by providing exciting and
engaging career opportunities in the food industry.
The Lodging Management emphasis prepares students for management careers in hotels, lodging, resorts and public and private clubs. This emphasis will analyze competitive strategies, leadership styles, teamwork and technology in this dynamic and ever-changing hospitality industry.