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Hospitality, AA

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This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Fort Myers Campus, San Marcos, Carazo, Nicaragua Campus, Tallahassee Campus

Keiser University’s Associate of Arts degree in Hospitality will prepare students with competencies in the areas of sales, financial management, food and beverage sales and safety, facilities maintenance and housekeeping, as well as general accounting tailored to the hotel and resort industry. Course work will focus on the business aspects of hospitality operations and incorporates externships to solidify skills.

Program Objectives

The following program objectives are designed to meet Keiser University mission and goals. Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the basic functions, objectives, and operational skills that are common to the hospitality industry
  • Demonstrate content knowledge in the field of hotel, resort, and hospitality management
  • Research and analyze information in the field
  • Translate theory into practical applications in the resort, hospitality, recreation and tourism industry
  • Demonstrate satisfactory oral and written presentation skills
  • Demonstrate industry competency and skills during field experiences/ internships
  • Evaluate information in order to understand the dynamics of changing work environments, problem solve, make decisions, and provide leadership skills necessary to succeed in the hotel, resort, hospitality, and tourism profession
  • Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate real-world work experiences and apply textbook theory
  • Use accounting and financial skills necessary to demonstrate competence in dealing with changing economic conditions in the hotel, resort and hospitality industry

Prerequisites for Major Courses


Program Outline

To receive an Associate of Arts degree in Hospitality, a student must earn 60 credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:

Lower Division Courses

Hospitality Major Courses (24.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Hospitality Industry 3.0 credit hours
Food and Beverage Management 3.0 credit hours
Selected Topics in Hospitality Industry 3.0 credit hours
Hospitality Marketing, Sales & Promotion 3.0 credit hours
Supervision in Hospitality Industry 3.0 credit hours
Hotel Financial Accounting- Night Auditing 3.0 credit hours
Hospitality: Hotel Operations Externship I 3.0 credit hours
Hospitality: Hotel Operations Externship II 3.0 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Science (3 credits required)
American History Pre 1877 3.0 credit hours
American History Post 1876 3.0 credit hours
Political Science 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3 credits required)
Speech Communication 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3 credits required)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
Economics (6 credits required)
Microeconomics 3.0 credit hours
Macroeconomics 3.0 credit hours
English (6 credits required)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3 credits required)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6 credit hours)
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
College Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Applications of Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Statistics (required) 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (6 credits required)
General Biology 3.0 credit hours
General Biology Laboratory 1.0 credit hours
Advanced Biology 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Biology Laboratory 1.0 credit hours
Environmental Science 3.0 credit hours

Credit hours in parentheses indicate the required number of credit hours in each discipline.
Not yet reviewed by ACBSP.

* Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher for Gordon Rule credit.

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