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Students in Culinary Arts/Culinary Management enjoy a practical hands-on approach to innovative methods and classical techniques, as well as numerous cuisines. A rigorous training program combines both laboratory and general education coursework, in addition to business courses including supervision and cost control. Students are prepared for employment and for transfer to four year programs.
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A core set of culinary courses, keeping the major context, centers on the hospitality industry. Students obtain an integrated and expansive view of all hospitality segments for greater marketability and career opportunities.
* and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.
The world of hospitality is unique because it offers opportunities in a variety of vocations. Employees could manage departments in a hotel, plan new special effects at a theme park, hire and train employees at a resort, or select and buy china for a posh restaurant. They could forecast profitability of a new convention center, publicize a new attraction at a world-famous zoo, organize on-location catering for film crews, or lead port excursions for cruise passengers. They may also become an entrepreneur and own your own franchise eatery or bed and breakfast establishment. This is one field of study that can open many careers doors. Hospitality is the largest private sector industry worldwide. Significant growth is expected to continue in these areas, and the industry is known to promote from within and move talented employees quickly up the career ladder. Career paths can be found in many professions in the hospitality industry, where the focus is people, service and guest satisfaction.
Majoring in Culinary Arts/Culinary Management, will allow graduates to become a culinary specialist with varied career options such as being a caterer, line cook, restaurateur, executive chef, food stylist, pastry chef, kitchen manager, restaurant manager, private chef, entrepreneur, food writer or editor, product research and development specialist, or sous chef, to name a few. Rapid promotional opportunities in this field exist for people with increasing skill sets and enhanced educational backgrounds. Careers in hospitality and tourism extend far beyond individual restaurants, recreation services, food service operations, hotels and lodging facilities, and travel-related businesses. Worldwide experiences abound in resorts, country clubs, catering companies, cruise lines, casinos, convention centers, theme parks, airlines, and more.
Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.
Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.