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The Associate in Arts, Hospitality and Tourism Management degree is a field of study designed to prepare students with the knowledge, commitment, and skills needed for management, marketing, and operational positions in the growing hospitality and tourism industry. As a field of study, the Hospitality and Tourism Management degree is interdisciplinary. As such, it draws upon a wide range of basic disciplines to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to fulfill the diverse demands placed upon individuals who pursue management positions within this industry.

Upon completion of this degree, graduates will be prepared to enter employment as front office operations managers, rooms division managers, convention services managers, meeting planners and sales and marketing managers.
 

 

 

Program Objectives

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  1. Know the essential aspects of the business management and administration in general and the hospitality industry,
  2. Understand fundamental business theories and models,
  3. Utilize quantitative and qualitative tools and methodologies to support business management and organizational decision making,
  4. Describe economic, environmental, political, ethical, legal and regulatory contexts of organizational management policies,
  5. Communicate effectively and professionally in business administration situations through physical or virtual presence, writing, speaking, listening and electronic media,
  6. Assist in identifying business administration problems and opportunities and formulate an action plan,
  7. Work effectively, respectfully, ethically and professionally with people of diverse ethnic, cultural, gender and other backgrounds, as well as with people with different organizational roles, social affiliations, and personalities,
  8. Apply information technology skills in performing assignments and tasks
  9. Demonstrate basic skills needed in hospitality and tourism organizations
  10. Recognize how hospitality and tourism organizations work in synergy to enhance the economic viability of geographic areas, both domestic and foreign
Curriculum

Students may be admitted to the AA program after they have completed General Education courses or be enrolled, concurrently, in General Education courses, which must be completed prior to completion of the AA program, and with a minimum G.P.A. attained must be of 2.0 or better. General Education courses are designed to give each student a breadth of experience in various academic disciplines. These learning experiences provide an introductory base to different fields of study and discuss how each disciple conducts its research, thus adding to general knowledge. GE courses are offered at community/city colleges.

To meet the graduation unit requirements, students are required to complete 21 units in General Education Courses, 27 units in Business Foundation and Core Courses and 12 units in Hospitality and Tourism Management courses.

General Education Courses Required: 27 Semester Units
Category Minimum Requirement Example of Subject Area
English & Communication 2 courses or 6 semester units College English *
Communication
Speech
Humanities 2 courses or 6 semester units History *
Critical Thinking
Foreign Languages
Mathematics 1 course or 3 semester units College Algebra
Statistics
Calculus
Social Science 1 course or 3 semester units Sociology
Political Science
Psychology
Science & Technology 1 course or 3 semester units Biology
Chemistry
General Physics
Nutrition
Computer Science
* Required course    
Business Foundation and Core Course Required: 21 Semester Units
Foundation Courses: 15 Semester units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hour
BU 1000 Introduction to Business Management 45 3
EC 2420 Principles of Macroeconomics 45 3
BU 2400 Business Statistics 45 3
BU 2050 Business Law 45 3
AT 2110
Accounting Principles I
45 3
  TOTAL 225 15
Required Core Course: 12 Semester Units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hour
BU 2000 Management Theory and Practice
45
3
BU 2010 Computer Information Systems 45 3
BU 3050 Business Ethics 45 3
MK 2000 Principles of Marketing
45
3
 
TOTAL
180
12
Hospitality and Tourism Management Courses Required: 12 Semester Units
Course No. Course Title Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hour
HT 2000 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism
45
3
HT 2010 Destination Geography
45
3
HT 2100 Front Office Operation and Management 45 3
HT 2200 Tourism Theories and Practices 45 3
 
TOTAL
180
12
TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENT: 39 SEMESTER UNITS
(with completion of 21 semester units or the equivalent in GE courses)
Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the following academic requirements prior to graduation:

  • completed 21 units in General Education Courses
  • completed 27 units in Business Foundation and Core Courses
  • completed 12 units in Hospitality and Tourism Management Courses
  • maintained a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 or better

Upon completing the academic requirements for graduation and fulfilling the financial obligation for the program, students will be awarded the Associate in Arts in Hospitality and Tourism Management degree.

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