Hospitality Management Academy

Hospitality Management Academy

Explore Hospitality Management Careers

Experience the life of a hospitality professional, from interacting with guests and selling rooms to planning events and managing food and beverage services.

Hands-on activities in Hospitality Management Academy introduce you to how all the areas within a hotel work, as well as the business and marketing that goes into making a hospitality operation successful. 

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Course offerings may vary. Visit your nearest Kirkwood location website or high school for local course options.


HCM-100 | Sanitation & Safety | 2 credits*
Studies basic principles of bacteriology, food borne illness, sanitation, workplace safety, personal hygiene, food security, health regulations and inspections. Emphasizes the importance of sanitary equipment and facilities, and pest control. Students must complete the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation certification exam to pass this course.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B


HCM-207 | Menu Planning | 1.5 credits*
Studies the principles of menu marketing and management. Focuses on writing and analyzing menus for various population groups, types of food service facilities and service styles. Includes the designing of a menu cover.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B


HCM-600 | Introduction to Lodging Operations | 2 credits
Provides an overview of the lodging industry and how its functions are organized and operated. Introduces each of the seven traditional hospitality disciplines: general management, hotel sales, financial control, rooms operations, food and beverage operations, human resources, and physical plant maintenance. Emphasizes business ethics and effective communication.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B


HCM-615 | Hospitality Marketing & Social Media | 3 credits
Explores the process to plan and execute the conception of pricing, promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods, and services. Creates hospitality-oriented exchanges to satisfy individual and organizational objectives. Teaches strategies for integrating a social media plan into the traditional marketing plan. Focuses on effective social media platforms to drive business and for beneficial responses to customer needs within hospitality.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B


MKT-180 | Customer Service Strategies | 1 credit
Incorporates how to target customers and develop appropriate services. Discusses effective customer services as a competition tool.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B
* Courses count towards Kirkwood's Culinary Degree Program

There are many career options in the hospitality field. This program will put an emphasis on:

  • Hotel management
  • Lodging and tourism
  • Club and spa management
  • Event planning
  • Culinary arts and other hospitality-related careers


Some potential careers and salaries in this field include:

  • Property Manager, $67,000
  • Hospitality Professor, $110,400
  • Executive Hotel Manager, $97,450

Based on available Iowa salary data at

Complete this Academy and you’ll be ready to begin the Hospitality Management degree program at Kirkwood. 

If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, read our specific transfer information.


Through the Hospitality Management program, you will take the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation certification exam, which will further enhance your career options.