Texas Tech University

University Adds New Degree to Regional Site in Waco

Lucy Greenberg

September 14, 2021

Texas Tech University at Waco is now offering both a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management (RHIM).

This fall, Texas Tech University at Waco will begin offering a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) degree for its Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management (RHIM) program. This program is designed for those who have an Associate of Applied Science degree in culinary sciences or hospitality management. Students can transfer up to 33 hours of previously earned culinary or hospitality credits. A required 400-hour hospitality industry internship counts toward the 1,200-hour work experience necessary for the degree. 

Lewis Snell
Lewis Snell

“This degree teaches skills that reach far beyond the restaurant and hotel industries,” said Lewis Snell, director of Texas Tech University at Waco. “We hope that our students will take advantage of the growing hospitality industry in Waco for internships and then continue to work at local establishments.” 

The program is an excellent opportunity for non-traditional students employed in the service industry as it addresses the leadership, communication and analytic skills needed to mobilize careers.  

In addition, Texas Tech is offering a bachelor of science degree in RHIM at Waco. Students looking for more information on either of these degrees can schedule an in-person or a Zoom advising appointment. 

To ensure an engaged, and student-centric learning experience, a rotation of hybrid courses will be administered at McLennan Community College. Students currently enrolled for credits at McLennan also may enroll for credits applied to the Texas Tech RHIM B.A.A.S. program. Furthermore, partnerships with local Waco hospitality businesses will be sought for internships, and career opportunities for students. 

About RHIM 

The RHIM program provides students with a strong business foundation. Students in this program can take courses such as Food and Beverage Operations, Consumer Behavior in the Service Industry and Dinner Series Capstone. Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of careers including event planning, restaurant and hotel management, and hospitality-related sales.