On Wednesday, Feb. 3 a proposal to introduce an associate’s degree in culinary arts was backed by the faculty senate (to be administered through Gallatin College) as the first of a two-part proposal. The proposal also included a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management through the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, which passed on Feb. 10 by a decisive 18-8 vote.
This will establish both a two- and four-year option in hospitality at MSU, which is expected to help support local industry. Currently there is no hospitality management degree offered in Montana. That, coupled with the substantial tourism industry in Montana, gives the program a strong case for inclusion.
Both the associate’s and bachelor’s degree options must be proposed by MSU President Waded Cruzado to the Board of Regents, who will ultimately decide for or against the programs.