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Hospitality Management: Culinary Arts Management

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

Do you love to cook? Do you dream of being a “Top Chef?” Our outstanding program, accredited by the American Culinary Federation, has trained winning teams across the nation. In the last eight years, our Culinary students have won more than 500 individual and team medals, working alongside our award-winning faculty and guest chefs. Learn by doing in our state-of-the-art kitchens, baking lab and Signatures, the student-operated restaurant. If you want to be a chef, you want to be at SUNY Delhi!

Students in the Culinary Bachelor of Business Administration degree program receive training in financial management and organization classes in preparation for the rigorous challenges of managing and running a culinary facility. While the associate program deals with the hands-on duties of a chef, the bachelor degree program deals with the fiscal responsibilities and management duties that Executive Chefs face every day.

The hospitality professional often wears many hats, including that of business planner, personnel manager, and entrepreneur. The Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management emphasizes managerial leadership and is designed to develop technical with theoretical knowledge. It is tailored for those who aspire to become managerial leaders in all five segments of the industry.

The bachelor degree program does not replace the associate degree programs, but rather builds upon them. Students may enter as freshmen or transfer into the program after completing an associate degree. It is not necessary to have previously been enrolled in a hospitality program; the curriculum will provide the technical training required to equip the student for a career in the hospitality industry. As in any field, increased levels of education and experience improve one's chances for advancement.

Disney Connection

SUNY Delhi students in all hospitality programs (Culinary Arts, Club Management, Event Management, Hotel and Resort Management, and Restaurant and Food Service Management) have successfully participated in the Walt Disney College Program for many years. Through this program, students work at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for six months in a unique working/learning experience. Students can earn SUNY Delhi course credit for the Disney courses offered as part of this program while they are working at Disney. Any student interested in this special program option should discuss it with his/her advisor early in their Delhi career. Disney courses include Communications, Leadership, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Disney Marketing U, and Disney Experiential Learning.

Work Requirement

Each student must complete a professional work experience requirement in a position related to the hospitality industry during a summer. This professional work experience enhances and complements the classroom learning. Upon completion, students are evaluated by their employer and submit a comprehensive report on the experience. Faculty assist in finding job opportunities, but the student assumes responsibility for securing a position.

Professional Dress

For all hospitality students, professional dress is required for the Orientation class, field trips, interviews, and other special occasions. Professional dress consists of jackets and ties for men, suits, skirts and blouses, or dresses for women. Jeans, sneakers, or work boots are not acceptable.

The Field

The hospitality industry is one of the oldest in the world. Today’s combined hospitality industry ranks third in size among the nation’s industries; it is complex and diverse, requiring skilled professionals.

Unprecedented growth in the service economy has created demand for hospitality business leaders in hotels, resorts, clubs, contract foodservices, major national and international airlines, public institutions, restaurants, country clubs, professional and trade associations, major travel agencies, and other venues that focus on hospitality. Lucrative managerial opportunities exist in a broad spectrum of arenas including entertainment complexes, theme parks, cruise lines, expositions, restaurants, and hotels all over the world.

The number of college graduates with a specialized focus on the hospitality industry is small compared to the huge demand of this fast-growing industry. Hospitality Management graduates have a competitive edge over those with degrees in general business or other programs not centered on the industry.

There is increasing demand for qualified professionals who understand issues such as maximizing profitability, forecasting the market, protecting assets, and applying technology. But the industry also demands individuals with people skills and the know-how to increase customer satisfaction and retain and motivate employees. Delhi’s Bachelor of Business Administration program offers the opportunity to develop these skills.

Admission Requirements

HS Average: 80
Algebra Regents: 75
Biology Regents: 75
Transfer GPA: 2.3

SUNY Curriculum Code: 1527

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Last Updated: 2/21/17