Food and Beverage Emphasis

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Combine your passion for food, serving guests, and business savvy into a rewarding career!

The food and beverage management emphasis prepares students for leadership roles in a dynamic and growing industry.

Educational coursework includes an emphasis on management and leadership, food preparation, sanitation, safety and hygiene, food science and nutrition, food and beverage service, quantity food production, cost controls, purchasing and material management, event management, marketing, catering and wine selection and service.

Typical jobs include general manager, banquet manager, director of operations, director of menu development, director of purchasing, restaurant owner and caterer.

12 or more credit hours from the following:

  • HRTM 274 Intro to Food & Beverage in the Hospitality Industry
  • HRTM 373 Catering Management
  • HRTM 377 Hospitality Franchising Management
  • HRTM 474 Food & Beverage Management
  • ASCI 213 Meat Specifications & Procurement*
  • CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I
  • FDST 301 Chemistry of Food
  • NUTR 244 & NUTR 245 Scientific Principles of Food Preparation & Lab*
  • NUTR 370 Food Production Management*
  • NUTR 372 Food Safety & Sanitation

*Does not count toward degree requirements, but can be used as electives.

Beyond the Classroom

Gain experience learning through student clubs, organizations and more.

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Restaurant Entrepreneur

Combine your passion for food, business, and serving guests into an exciting and rewarding career.

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Franchise Owner

Be an entrepreneur right after you graduate!

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Banquet Manager

Create exciting events while you are having a great time!

Work with the best

Brianna Brugman, Alumna

Executive Pastry Chef at Attitude on Food

"The HRTM program may be a smaller one compared to some of the other majors, but that small group creates an atmosphere of people who strive to truly know one another, from students to professors. The most impactful part of being in the HRTM family was being able to partake in the hands-on internship opportunities that helped me to grow in my personal and professional skill set. I was able to learn an abundance about the hospitality industry by choosing to be a part of this group, and for this I am incredibly grateful."

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Learn from the best

Ajai Ammachathram, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Food & Beverage Management Extension Specialist

Dr. Ajai Ammachathram is a hospitality leader and educator who has been associated with food and beverage management for over 20 years. He is a certified hospitality educator (CHE) from the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institute, and holds a doctoral degree in leadership (higher education) from Eastern Michigan University.

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Joan Kunzman
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