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Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management

Our comprehensive Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management degree program, available for students of all types, from recent high school graduates to working adults, will prepare you to work in the wide and growing field of hospitality, including Culinary Arts; Accounting; Business Management; Legal and Ethical Issues; Human Resources; Lodging; Management of Food Services; Management of Special Events; Industrial Psychology; and Management of Information Systems. Hospitality and tourism careers have you talking and working with a wide variety of individuals. Hospitality management jobs are constantly evolving and our hospitality management degree grows with it.

Built on a liberal arts foundation (found in our academic catalog) with a strong business curriculum, the B.A. in Hospitality Management bilingual program features exposure to culinary arts and hotel management with a flexible curriculum for adult learners that covers the major areas of the hospitality industry. Your senior seminar and capstone project allows you to research specialty areas, including international tourism; gaming; sports hospitality; amusement parks; and ethnic/global hospitality. From hotel management school to food preparation courses, this degree prepares you to work closely, as well as independently, with staff, supervisors, businesses, and customers in diverse organizations around the world with dual language education to master your degree.

Empowered to Succeed

As a graduate of the B.A. in Hospitality Management program, you will be prepared to:

  1. Be a competent business professional in the hospitality industry and competitive in the job market, with special emphasis on multicultural understanding and practice in a global industry.
  2. Collaborate as well as lead, with many different types of people, solve problems quickly and concentrate on details, have initiative and self-discipline, effective communication skills, and the ability to organize and direct the work of others.
  3. Have a comprehensive knowledge of lodging and food and beverage service operations, including customer service; reservations; purchasing and accounting systems; safety and security; design; event planning; maintenance and repair; personnel practices; and business ethics, legal requirements, management and finance.
  4. Step into a position in the hospitality industry in management or operations or as a leader or owner for a lodging establishment; events and meeting management; restaurant; food service; sales; or related business field.

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List of Classes and Credit Hours for BA Hospitality Management
General Education Requirements48
ENG 160 Composition I(4)
ENG 162 Composition II(4)
ENG 165 Speech(4)
MAT 200 Finite Mathematics (preferred) OR(4)
MAT 225 Introductory Statistics(4)
BIO Introduction to Human Biology OR(4)
BIO 108 Anatomy and Physiology I OR(4)
PHY 103 Earth Science OR(4)
CHM 115 Basic Chemistry(4)
ENG 203 American Culture and Literature OR(4)
HUM 202 Humanities I OR(4)
HUM 204 Music Appreciation OR(4)
HUM 205 History and Appreciation of Art OR(4)
PHI 220 Ethics OR(4)
Any other Philosophy course(4)
SPA 222 The Hispanic-American Experience Through Literature OR(4)
HUM 202 Humanities I (Cannot count course in two areas)(4)
HIS 104 Survey of U.S. History to 1865 OR(4)
HIS 105 Survey of U.S. History from 1865 to Present OR PSC103 American Government(4)
PSY 101 General Psychology(4)
Business Administration Core Courses68 HRS
ACC 101 Principles of Accounting(4)
BUS 110 Introduction to Business(4)
BUS 220 Principles of Management(4)
CUL 100 Food Service & Hospitality OR(4)
CUL 101 Introduction to Culinary Arts(4)
ACC 301 Hospitality Accounting(4)
CIS 300 Management Information systems(4)
HOS 311 Marketing & Tourism in the Hospitality Industry(4)
BUS 303 Legal Environment of Business(4)
HOS 455 Lodging in the Hospitality Industry(4)
HOS 466 Management Food Service in the Hospitality Industry(4)
HOS 477 Managing Events in the Hospitality Industry(4)
MNG 405 Human Resources Management(4)
HOS 495 Senior Seminar in the Hospitality Industry(4)
PSY 420 Industrial/Organizational Psychology(4)
Elective Courses28

B.A. in Hospitality Management program FAQ:

Q: How long is the Hospitality Management program?

A: This is a typical 4-year program, compiled of 120 total credit hours that can be taken at your leisure. St. Augustine prides itself on being one of the online schools for adults who want to receive a higher education.

Q: Can I get my B.A. in Hospitality Management online?

A: Yes! The Hospitality Management Bachelor’s degree program is offered both online and in person. Our online model is a real-time livestream of the courses, giving the flexibility needed for adult learners and nontraditional students to learn completely online, in-person, or a combination of both.

Q: What is the career outlook for Hospitality Management graduates?

A: The Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management will help you obtain an exciting career in the Hospitality Industry. If you are a student who has decided to pursue a career in Hospitality Management, our program will prepare you to acquire an entry-level position in a variety of customer service institutions, such as:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Resorts
  • Amusement Parks and many more.

If you are a student already working in a hospitality establishment, this degree will give you the opportunity and tools to succeed in the Hospitality business. The Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management is a comprehensive program covering knowledge in the following areas:

  • Culinary Arts
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Human Resources
  • Lodging
  • Management of Food Services
  • Management of events
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Management of Information Systems

Q: What is Hospitality?

A: Being a hospitality major is about mastering the role of a host, one who receives the guest with kindness, understanding, and patience, doing their best to help a guest with whatever problems they might have.

Q: What can you do with a hospitality degree?

A: Hospitality and tourism careers are wide and always changing, but one thing stays the same: opportunities. There is always a need for people who have a passion for service and hospitality.

Food Service Managers 

Without a food service manager, a restaurant cannot run properly. The ability to run a restaurant, manage a chaotic kitchen, and deal with customers with a tough but incredibly rewarding challenge.

Travel Agent 

The perfect job for somebody who knows how to take control and take charge, a travel agent plans trips. From booking the flights to reserving the hotels, you get to take control and make somebody’s life a little easier.

In-House Event Planner 

Speaking of control, an in-house event planner makes sure that events, from conferences to parties, are moving without a hitch. This involves booking clients, planning the schedule, and planning out a post-event cleaning of the event space.

Executive Chef 

Hospitality management jobs aren’t just out of the kitchen. Executive chefs work in hotels, on cruises, in restaurants, and more. An executive chef’s roles are ordering food supplies, ensuring the quality of food, and planning menus.

Spa Director 

Coming in with leisure and relaxation, a spa director is all about making sure their customers are as stress-free as possible. Overseeing schedules, appointments, and maintaining inventory, a spa director does all the behind-the-scenes work to make sure everything runs smoothly.


Learn more about how you can receive SAC’s Hospitality Management Degree below, and how Saint Augustine’s programs have helped others.

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A New Type of Education in Hospitality

In collaboration with the College of Lake County, a new hospitality undergraduate program, a BA in Hospitality, is now offered from St. Augustine College, and is located at the University Center of Lake County, a bright, beautiful facility with up-to-date learning technology in Grayslake Illinois. Students will need to take some additional general education courses at the College of Lake County. They will need to take 32 credit hours (8 courses of 4 credit hours each) to receive their BA in hospitality management. This part of the hospitality management curriculum could be completed in one calendar year, (after completing the required general education)

Following the structure of the St. Augustine pedagogy, we believe in small classes and individualized instruction and want this program to follow that motto, prioritizing the students and their abilities. We pride ourselves on providing bachelor’s degree programs for working adults that allow anyone to complete a higher education.

The goal of this Bachelor’s degree in hospitality is to work directly with the associate degree in hospitality offered through the College of Lake County. Students will only need to take 32 credit hours from St. Augustine College in order to achieve this bachelor’s degree.  Students will have the option to either take their classes in person at the University Center of Lake County or remotely.

Success Stories

Empowering students to thrive in today’s competitive world.