Hotel Restaurant Management

Students at a Hotel.

Hotel/Restaurant Management: Students in the hotel restaurant management option develop foundational knowledge and skills appropriate for the hospitality industry. In addition to the foundational knowledge and skills developed, students are provided numerous opportunities to focus on contemporary issues affecting the hospitality industry from strategic management and marketing perspectives. The curriculum allows students to develop leadership skills, problem solving abilities, critical thinking, and to engage in day-to-day activities associated with management of a hospitality entity. Opportunities to participate in domestic and international study tours, advisory council seminars, local, state, and national professional meetings, and to complete an internship program exist for all students.

Mission Statement: The Hospitality Program will provide quality education that prepares students with technical, human, and conceptual skills that will prepare them for entry level management positions in a variety of hospitality settings.

Admission to the Department

No additional requirements for admission to the Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality or department options exist beyond the university admission requirements as listed in the Western Illinois Undergraduate Catalog. Interested students are encouraged to refer to the university catalog and the Office of Admissions located in Sherman Hall.

Option Completion Requirements: See Hotel Restaurant Management Option Requirements.

In addition to the university tuition, room and board, and other relevant expenses as listed in the Western Illinois University Undergraduate Catalog, additional costs will be incurred by students in the Hotel Restaurant and Management option. The following are estimated costs offered to assist students in planning for their financial responsibilities while attending Western Illinois University.

  • Laboratory uniform (required for food classes). $65.00
  • Field trips (selected courses)..........................$50.00
  • Student organization membership....................$10-$20 year

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the hospitality management program, students will:

1. Understand the operational (daily unit) and System (interrelated units) function of food and lodging enterprises

2. Demonstrate knowledge and application of management theories and functions

3. Demonstrate knowledge and application of marketing theories and functions

4. Knowledge and application of professionalism including appropriate oral and written communication skills, ethical behaviors, and team building

5. Have obtained work experience in different segments of simulation of different segments or simulation of different segments of the hospitality industry

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the employment for entry-level hospitality management positions will show little change between 2012 and 2022. In 2012, the median income for foodservice managers in Illinois was $47,960, and for a lodging manager it was $46,810. For more information regarding Hotel/Restaurant Management careers, visit

Job settings include:

  • Front Desk/Office Manager
  • Catering Manager
  • Convention and Meeting Coordinator
  • Food Purchasing Agent
  • School Lunch Program Director
  • Food and Beverage Salesperson
  • Menu Planner
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Marketing Director (Hotel)
  • Concierge
  • Executive Housekeeper
  • Hotel General Manager
  • Sales representative in hospitality field
  • Employee trainers
  • Food Resource Manager in hospitality industry

Faculty in this area includes: