Hospitality and Tourism Management

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Provides a foundational course of study for those seeking to transfer to Baccalaureate programs in hospitality. The program combines a strong base in both business and liberal arts.

Two key courses, The Contemporary Business World and Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism, provide the foundation for your entry into this growing industry. Other practical Business and Accounting courses will give you the entrepreneurial skills you need to pursue a career in the field. Core Liberal Arts courses provide the broad intellectual background you need to understand how society works, while Geography or World Languages courses introduce you to an international perspective. The critical thinking and business-oriented skills you’ll develop in this program prepare you for transfer to a 4-year program at other schools.

Curriculum documents

To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

This is just one way you might complete the Hospitality and Tourism Management program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Hospitality and Tourism Management program description from our official academic catalog.

Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
ACC 121 or ACC 151
BUS 111
BUS 112
Open elective
ENG Comp. II
ACC 122 or ACC 152
MAT 114
HIS course
Program elective
ENG 200 level course
BIO 130
BIO 130L
ECO 101
PCS course
BUS 209
4-credit science elective
ECO 102
Behavioral science elective
GEO 101 or foreign language course
Program elective
Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
ACC 121
BUS 111
BUS 112
ENG Comp. II
ACC 122
MAT 114
HIS course
ENG 200 level course
BIO 130
BIO 130L
Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4
ECO 101
PCS course
BUS 209
4 credit science course
ECO 102
Program elective
Behavioral Science course
Program elective
GGY 101 or foreign language course
Open elective

Student learning outcomes

Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to:

What’s next

Transfer to a Baccalaureate program.

Consider this program if

  • You want a broad as well as deep understanding of the hospitality industry.
  • You want to work in the hospitality industry.
  • You want to pursue higher academic or technical study in hospitality or tourism management.

By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.” Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.

The Hospitality and Tourism Management program has associated certificates that can “stack” into the degree. Depending on course selection, if you’re enrolled in this program you can earn one of the following certificates halfway through completing your degree:

These programs are a great way to increase your earning power and job potential with a marketable career certificate while you’re still working toward your degree. Work closely with your advisor to make sure you choose the right classes!

Learn more about our degree and certificate and pathways »