Family and Consumer Sciences - Hospitality and Culinary Management (Bachelor of Science)

Employees in kitchen of restaurant

The Hospitality and Culinary Management concentration prepares students for entry level managerial positions in institutional and commercial foodservice establishments such as retail, hospital, university, senior citizen centers, and public schools. The concentration involves an applied field of study in the areas of food science, quantity food production, food safety, nutrition, business management, and marketing.

FCS Culinary Invitational

Excitement was high at Jacksonville State University, Alabama recently as the Hospitality and Culinary Program hosted its first culinary competition. Albertville High School, Boaz High School and Talladega City School competed for bragging rights under the watchful eyes and tastebuds of the judges panel, which consisted of an executive chef, a dietitian, a food service manager and two college professors! The purpose was two-fold: get the word out about JSU's growing and evolving culinary program, and cook good food! After a successful debut we anticipate that this will be an annual event that will be expanded to high schools throughout the state of Alabama.

Potential Careers

  • Entry level Chef/Culinarian (Restaurants)
  • Entry level Hotel Management (Hotels)
  • Entry level institutional foodservice positions (hospitals, public schools, universities, long term care facilities)

Median Annual Salary

Culinary chef in the state of Alabama is  $29.96/hour
Salaries typically start from $15.37/hour and go up to $38.68// hour
*Median annual salaries are from


Additional Facts

  • Minor Available
  • Placement rates for FCS Culinary/Hospitality graduates is currently at 90%