AA, Hospitality and Tourism Management

Program Description

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, hospitality technology management, front desk operations, introduction to the customer experience, facilitation of the customer experience, etc. 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 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 other 4-year institutions. 

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Non-Lab Science 3
MATH 120 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 3
COM 101
Oral Communication
or Fundamentals of Speech Communications
or Business Speech Communications
HMD 101 Introduction to Hospitality 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
Lab Science 3
Social Science/U.S. and NV Constitutions 3
CUL 105 Basic Skills Development 3
HMD 120 Introduction to the Customer Experience 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
ACC 201 Financial Accounting 3
Diversity/Humanities 3
Elective 6
HMD 220 Facilitating the Customer Experience 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
PHIL 102
Critical Thinking and Reasoning
or Argumentation and Debate
Fine Arts 3
HMD 225 Foundations of Hospitality Leadership 3
MGT 283 Introduction to Human Resources Management 3
Elective 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60

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 Enhanced
Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Composition II
Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Fine Arts 13
Humanities 23
World Literature I
World Literature II
Science 36
Must include one lab
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
COM 101Oral Communication 63
or COM 113 Fundamentals of Speech Communications
or BUS 107 Business Speech Communications
PHIL 102Critical Thinking and Reasoning3
or COM 217 Argumentation and Debate
CUL 105Basic Skills Development3
HMD 101Introduction to Hospitality3
HMD 120Introduction to the Customer Experience3
HMD 220Facilitating the Customer Experience3
HMD 225Foundations of Hospitality Leadership3
ACC 201Financial Accounting3
MGT 283Introduction to Human Resources Management3
Electives 79
Housekeeping Operations
Front Office Operations
Hospitality Technology Management
Hospitality Career Development
General Internship Program
Special Topics in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Principles of Management
Marketing Principles
First Year Spanish I
Total Units60

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree.


ENG 231 or ENG 232 required if transferring to UNLV.


See approved General Education options. 


PSC 101 required if transferring to UNLV. 


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


COM 101 required if transferring to UNLV.


Students should choose specific elective courses (9 credits) based on requirements of transfer agreements for the school of choice. TCA 201, HMD 202, HMD 203 and HMD 226 are accepted as electives if transferring to UNLV. Please consult with Academic Advising. 

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, including customer experience, hospitality leadership, and segment-specific topics such as front desk operations and hospitality technology management.

  • 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. General information about general transfer agreements can be found on the Academic Advisement website. TMCC has agreements with the following institutions towards a bachelor's degree in the same of similar discipline.