Hospitality and Tourism Management, AA

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
Fine Arts 13
Humanities 23
World Literature I
World Literature II
Science 36
Must include one lab
Introduction to Environmental Science
Social Science 43
Introduction to American Politics
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Survey of U.S. Constitutional History
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 5[3]
World Literature I
World Literature II
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 4, 5[3]
Introduction to American Politics
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Survey of U.S. Constitutional History
Degree Requirements
ACC 201Financial Accounting3
COM 101Oral Communication 63
or COM 113 Fundamentals of Speech Communications
CUL 105Basic Skills Development3
ECON 261Principles of Statistics I3
HMD 101Introduction to Hospitality3
HMD 253Hospitality Services Management3
MGT 283Introduction to Human Resources Management3
TCA 201Hospitality Career Development3
Electives 712
Critical Thinking and Reasoning
Housekeeping Operations
Front Office Operations
Industry Computer Applications for Hospitality & Tourism
General Internship Program
Special Topics in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Total Units60
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101 Composition I 3
MATH 126 Pre-Calculus I 3
Science 3
COM 101
Oral Communication
or Fundamentals of Speech Communications
HMD 101 Introduction to Hospitality 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
ENG 102 Composition II 3
Lab Science 3
Social Science/U.S. and NV Constitutions 3
CUL 105 Basic Skills Development 3
TCA 201 Hospitality Career Development 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
ACC 201 Financial Accounting 3
Diversity/Humanities 3
Elective 9
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Fine Arts 3
Elective 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