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Hospitality and Restaurant Administration Department
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-4409
Fax: 417-836-7673
Email: MelissaDallas@missouristate.edu
http://www.missouristate.edu/hra

Careers

The Hospitality and Restaurant Administration (HRA) program at Missouri State is designed to prepare students for careers in the sophisticated and vibrant hospitality industry. The hospitality industry, which includes lodging, restaurants, resorts, private clubs, casinos, travel, senior living, and entertainment, is projected to grow by 4.6% per annum from 2010 through 2015. Nationally, the hospitality industry is one of the country's largest employers with 7.5 million direct travel-generated jobs. Even in economically challenging times, this industry remains stable  

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that through the year 2016, the demand for managers will far exceed the supply. There is continuous opportunity for advancement in all sectors of the industry. HRA graduates acquire skills that are not only in high demand today, but are also necessary to move business into the future. Our department's success is evidenced by above 95 percent placement rate of graduates.

A hospitality recruiters' fair is held each semester for all HRA students. Nationally recognized companies participate from many different fields within the industry, as well as privately owned businesses. Companies visit the fair in search of managers and/or interns to work at their properties. This is a tremendous opportunity for all HRA majors.

Academic Program

The HRA Department, housed in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, offers a comprehensive major. The department is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), which is the accrediting body of the international Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE). The HRA Department is one of only 15 percent of accredited universities in the country that offer four-year hospitality programs.

Missouri State requires 125 hours for graduation. The HRA curriculum, completely revamped in 2009, includes 45 hours of specific and related HRA courses, 43 hours of general education courses and 19 hours of general electives. Students are required to select at least one 9 credit hour "option" as well and are encouraged to select two for a total of 18 hours. Offerings include lodging, food service, senior living, and club management. More options are currently being developed.

All HRA students also complete a 750-hour internship prior to graduation. The internship provide students with hands-on experience in the industry and often leads to employment following graduation.

Courses

The following is a list of the courses currently offered in the HRA program. Please consult the Missouri State Catalog online at www.missouristate.edu/catalog or the HRA website for course descriptions and specific degree requirements.

Required Courses:

  • HRA 210: Introduction to Hospitality Leadership
  • HRA 215: Introduction to Lodging Management
  • HRA 218: Safety and Sanitation
  • HRA 310: Analyzing Financial Performance in Hospitality Operations
  • HRA 321: Food Preparation
  • HRA 354: Hospitality Human Resources
  • HRA 410: Hospitality Marketing and Revenue Management
  • HRA 426: Food and Beverage Management
  • HRA 428: Hospitality Law
  • HRA 490: Advanced Hospitality Leadership
  • HRA 499: Professional Internship

Elective:

  • HRA 480: Hospitality Industry Strategic Management

Lodging Option:

  • HRA 315: Advanced Lodging Management
  • HRA 360: Hospitality Facilities Management
  • HRA 430: Special Events OR
  • HRA 436: Casino Operations

Food and Beverage Option:

  • HRA 330: Banquet Operations
  • HRA 409: Beverage Operations
  • HRA 435: Restaurant Management

Club Management Option:

  • HRA 330: Banquet Operations
  • HRA 430: Special Events
  • HRA 360: Hospitality Facilities Management OR
  • HRA 436: Casino Operations

Senior Living Option

  • HRA 330: Banquet Operations
  • GER 310: Social Forces and Aging
  • GER 365: Families in Later Life

Faculty

The faculty combine academic training with industry experience to provide a balanced education. All faculty members are eager to go the "extra mile" to assure students the best possible academic learning situation, and they all maintain an open door policy for students and offer students a very personalized education.

Facilities

The HRA facilities and administrative offices are located on the fourth floor of the Professional Building. The program facilities include a state-of-the-art teaching restaurant and kitchen plus a banquet facility. There also is a computer lab that is exclusively for HRA students.

Opportunities

At Missouri State University, students have the opportunity to study hospitality and restaurant administration in one of the country‚Äôs leading tourist areas that offers some of the finest hotels, restaurants, and resorts. There are numerous lodging and convention facilities and hundreds of restaurants in the greater Springfield area alone. Just a short drive
away is the Lake of the Ozarks and Branson, which feature more fine restaurants, hotels, resorts, and entertainment facilities. Many students choose to complete their internships at various sites throughout the world as well. Faculty work with students on an individual basis to detemine what company, segment, and location is the best fit.

HRA students have the opportunity to become active in two student organizations specifically designed for HRA majors. The Hospitality Leaders of Tomorrow and Eta Sigma Delta International Honor Society provides students the opportunity to get to know other HRA majors and to enhance their knowledge of the hospitality industry.

Sample Schedule

Missouri State is committed to assisting students to graduate in four years--see sample graduation plans for this major.

The following is a sample schedule for this major--your actual schedule will vary.

Freshman Year

First Semester Courses Hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 2
HRA 210 Introduction to Hospitality Leadership 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Math 130 or above 3
Humanities Perspective 3
Second Semester Courses Hours
Lab Science 4
GRY 100 World Regional Geography 3
HRA 215 Introduction to Lodging Management 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
KIN 100 Fitness for Living 2

Freshman Year

First Semester Courses Hours
Total Hours 15
Second Semester Courses Hours
Total Hours 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
Non-lab Science 4
HRA 218 Safety and Sanitation 3
HST 121 or HST 122 3
Writing II 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total Hours 16
Second Semester Courses Hours
Humanities Perspective 3
HRA 321 Principles of Food Preparation 3
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
Creativity and Vision Elective 3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total Hours 15

Junior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
HRA 310 Analyzing Financial Performance in Hospitality Operations 3
Course for HRA Option 1 3
Course for HRA Option 2 3
Elective 3
MKT 150 or 350 3
Total Hours 15
Second Semester Courses Hours
Course for HRA Option 1 3
Course for HRA Option 2 3
HRA 410 Hospitality Marketing and Revenue Management 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Hours 15

Junior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
HRA 499 Internship in Hospitality 6
Total Hours 6
Second Semester Courses Hours

Senior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
HRA 428 Hospitality Law 3
HRA 354 Hospitality Human Resource Development 3
HRA 426 Food and Beverage Management 3
Electives 6
Total Hours 15
Second Semester Courses Hours
HRA 490 Advanced Hospitality Leadership 3
Course for HRA Option 1 3
Course for HRA Option 2 3
Electives 4
Total Hours 13