Business, AA

Hospitality and Tourism Management

The Associate of Arts, Hospitality and Tourism Management program will offer a broad educational approach to a career in the hospitality industry. Its varied courses of study will prepare students with both the business concepts and operational competencies necessary to enter any segment of the industry upon graduation. In addition to the college’s general education requirements, students will take classes specific to the industry including an introduction to hospitality,  career development, computer applications for hospitality and tourism, hospitality service management, housekeeping and front desk operations. Students will also study financial accounting, introduction to human resources management, and basic culinary skills development. This approach will offer prospective employers a well-rounded graduate who understands day-to-day operations, has critical thinking and problem-solving skills and can adapt to a multitude of positions.

This program will prepare students for supervisory positions in the industry or to transfer to a bachelor degree program, which will ultimately provide a pathway to careers, including but not limited to, lodging management, food service management, hotel operations, resort management, ski resort management, airline/transportation industry, sustainable tourism, outdoor recreation and leadership, small tourism business management, events management, and entertainment arts management.  

TMCC has partnered with UNLV and Sierra Nevada College to provide a seamless pathway for TMCC students to achieve their bachelor's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Students who successfully complete this degree will be eligible for transfer to upper division status at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas's William F. Harrah College of Hospitality or to Sierra Nevada College. 


Students completing the degree will:

  • Apply the basic principles of critical thinking and problem solving when examining hospitality and tourism trends and issues.

  • Communicate effectively in written, spoken, visual and digital modes to different audiences (e.g. industry leaders, employees, employers, faculty and peers).

  • Synthesize and evaluate core concepts in the areas of hospitality management, housekeeping operations, front desk operations, and technology and applications for hospitality and tourism.

  • Reinforce knowledge of key factors that contribute to service quality and guest satisfaction in services.

  • Recognize and market learning and professional experiences acquired as part of the hospitality degree program.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Composition I
Composition II
Pre-Calculus I (Required MATH 124 or higher) 1
Fine Arts3
World Literature I
World Literature II
Must include one lab
Introduction to Environmental Science
Social Science3
Introduction to American Politics
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
World Literature I
World Literature II
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 2[3]
Introduction to American Politics
Oral Communication
Financial Accounting
Principles of Statistics I
Critical Thinking and Reasoning
Basic Skills Development
Hospitality Career Development
Introduction to Hospitality
Housekeeping Operations
Front Office Operations
Industry Computer Applications for Hospitality & Tourism
Hospitality Services Management
Introduction to Human Resources Management
Total Units60

MATH 124 transfers to UNLV. However, it does not transfer to UNR as part of its Math sequence. 


May also double count toward degree requirements (Humanities and Diversity, Social Science and U.S. and Nevada Constitutions). Please consult with Academic Advisement.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101 Composition I 3
ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 3
MATH 126 Pre-Calculus I 3
COM 101 Oral Communication 3
HMD 101 Introduction to Hospitality 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
ENG 102 Composition II 3
Lab Science 3
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics (Social Science/U.S. and NV Constitutions) 3
CUL 105 Basic Skills Development 3
TCA 201 Hospitality Career Development 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
PHIL 102 Critical Thinking and Reasoning 3
ACC 201 Financial Accounting 3
ENG 231
World Literature I (Humanities/Diversity)
or World Literature II
HMD 202 Housekeeping Operations 3
HMD 203 Front Office Operations 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Fine Arts 3
HMD 226 Industry Computer Applications for Hospitality & Tourism 3
HMD 253 Hospitality Services Management 3
ECON 261 Principles of Statistics I 3
MGT 283 Introduction to Human Resources Management 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60