Texas Tech University

Bachelor of Science in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management

Program Details

Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management (RHIM) at Texas Tech University is one of the top programs in the nation. High departmental expectations along with a rigorous, leading-edge curriculum lead to an undergraduate experience diverse in its scope and responsibilities.

The program is designed for students to gain extensive management skills and practical work experience. Labs in hotel operations, food production and computers, among others, give students hands-on training that increases their marketability in the industry. The nature of the hospitality business allows the student a great deal of individual and group social interaction. This camaraderie prepares the student in areas of interpersonal communication and networking which facilitates future employment opportunities.

Studies in RHIM include courses in both general education and hospitality management. RHIM classes include food production, and management, hotel operations, computer applications, beverage management, travel and tourism, entrepreneurship, hospitality law, marketing, financial control, purchasing, and facilities management. Outside support classes are taken in accounting, communication, and personnel management.

Practical management experience is gained through diverse laboratory experience. These range from front desk hotel operations to product evaluation in purchasing to managing a student-run restaurant.

The Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management degree is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.

The Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management (RHIM) program prepares students for management career opportunities in the hospitality industry. The curriculum includes courses in nutritional sciences, arts and sciences, and both core and elective courses in RHIM. Classroom laboratory experiences keep pace with changes in the hospitality field and the required 1,200 hours of work experience allows students to become familiar with the hospitality industry. A 400-hour hospitality industry internship that does count toward the 1,200-hour work experience is also required. Texas Tech's RHIM program, recognized as one of the top programs in the nation, offers a multidisciplinary approach to hospitality education. The curriculum is designed to prepare the student to meet both current and future hospitality needs. The program emphasizes problem solving and creativity in addition to strong practical laboratory experiences. The RHIM program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.

Tracks in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management. The Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management program offers tracks in (1) hospitality management, (2) food and beverage management, (3) lodging management, and (4) wine business to better meet the needs of students and the hospitality industry by focusing on specific competencies necessary to be successful hospitality practitioners. Students will choose a specific track for industry focus and be able to fulfill their elective credits from any of the RHIM tracks. All tracks will take a hospitality core of courses. The hospitality management track will include additional selected course work from all areas of hospitality whereas the food and beverage management and lodging management tracks will delve further into coursework with their specific industry foci. The wine business track will include selected courses from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

Teacher Certification. This option offers a career path for those interested in teaching hospitality at the junior high school and high school levels. Students complete a broad base of hospitality management courses, including a 400-hour hospitality internship and 400 hours of hospitality work experience along with those that lead to teacher certification. Graduates will be eligible for a Specialized Certificate in Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Science. Students seeking certification must meet all requirements outlined in the College of Education section of this catalog. Admission requirements for the teaching program include the completion of approximately 60 hours with an overall 2.75 GPA or better and a satisfactory level of performance on the THEA test or equivalent. Other requirements include a 2.75 GPA or better in professional education courses in the teaching field and a grade of C or better in all required concentration and support courses. To be recommended for certification, graduates must achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the TExES examination prescribed by the State Board of Education.

Minor in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management.  A student may minor in restaurant, hotel, and institutional management by completing a minimum of 18 semester hours of specific coursework. See RHIM adviser for additional information.

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