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The Hospitality and Tourism Management, Career Pathway Certificate of Completion is a 43 credit certificate fully embedded into the is a ninety-credit Hospitality and Tourism Management, AAS degree. The program will give students a competitive advantage in the leisure and tourism labor market.  Students will receive a solid foundation in essential business skills such as human resources, accounting, business operations, law, marketing, sales, ethics, safety and sanitation, cost controls,  and leadership.  Food service and tourism  industry-specific classes will round out the curriculum.  Using specific electives students can choose to focus their studies with a selection of supportive courses. In addition to formal instruction, cooperative education internships are an integral part of the program and allow for on-the-job experiences related to the student’s career objectives.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AS degree is awarded.

Courses that are developmental in nature, (designed to prepare students for college transfer courses), are not applicable to this degree.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH20Basic Mathematics (or placement in higher math course)4
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CRT2002 Intro Food and Beverage Industry 1
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
HTM130 Introduction to Hospitality Managem 4
CRT2015 Sanitation and Safety for Managers 3
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing (or higher) 1 3
BA205 Solving Communication Problems With Technology 4
AC2764 Small Business Accounting 4
CRT2004 Introduction Vineyards and Beverage 2
MTH82 Business Mathematics (or higher) 1 4
HTM140 Travel and Tourism in the Pacific N 3
BA206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA213 Principles of Accounting III Managerial Accounting 4
BA277 Business Ethics 3
 Total Credits42


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Function in an entry-level through mid-level management position within the hospitality field.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in a business environment.
  • Identify the various components and career opportunities of the hospitality and tourism industry.
  • Apply adaptive managerial, supervisory and leadership practices in a variety of situations.
  • Operate in a context of legal, ethical, and service modes as practiced in the industry.
  • Oversee and execute basic skills involving food preparation, and tourism operations .