A Brief History of 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.

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
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Harmony



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.

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FoodService Management

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.

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Lodging Management

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.

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