Hospitality Management (AAS)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Major: Hospitality Management
Program Code: 1163

About This Major . . .

The field of Hospitality Management combines the technical skills and business proficiency necessary for success in today’s business world. Business courses to be taken include courses in marketing, business law, business technology, management, accounting, finance, economics, and hospitality specific courses.  Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in the broad and expanding hospitality industry, as well as prepared to continue for advanced study in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Management.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU/WCCC associate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Locate, gather and organize information on an assigned hospitality management topic. (Specialized Knowledge)
  2. Recognize mathematical concepts and methods in relation to hospitality management issues. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Communicate clearly and appropriately basic hospitality management information. (Communication Fluency)
  4. Describe beginning hospitality management concepts in appropriate business contexts. (Critical Thinking)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU and WCCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 60 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 of the final 30 semester hours of credit at CMU/WCCC.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/WCCC coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 20 semester credit hours for an AAS degree.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Specific to this degree:

  • 66 semester hours total for the AAS, Hospitality Management.

Essential Learning Requirements

(16 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA14
Other Essential Learning Core Courses
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Total Semester Credit Hours16

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one KINA Activity course1
Total Semester Credit Hours2

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(48 semester hours)

Required Core Courses
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
BUGB 211Business Communications3
BUGB 231Survey of Business Law3
CISB 101Business Information Technology3
or CISB 205 Advanced Business Software
CISB 241Introduction to Business Analysis3
or STAT 241 Introduction to Business Analysis
ECON 201Principles of Macroeconomics-GTSS13
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics-GTSS13
MANG 201Principles of Management3
MARK 231Principles of Marketing3
HMGT 101Travel Industry I3
HMGT 200Management and Supervisory Skills for the Hospitality Industry3
or CUAR 255 Supervision in the Hospitality Industry
Select 12 hours from the following restricted electives:12
Introduction to Sustainable Cuisine
Wines, Spirits and Beers
Dining Room Management
Cost Controls
Purchasing for the Hospitality Industry
Total Semester Credit Hours48
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
MATH 113 College Algebra-GTMA1 4
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
KINA 1XXKinesiology Activity Course 1
CISB 101
Business Information Technology
or Advanced Business Software
HMGT 101 Travel Industry I 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
CISB 241
Introduction to Business Analysis
or Introduction to Business Analysis
HMGT 200
Management and Supervisory Skills for the Hospitality Industry
or Supervision in the Hospitality Industry
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics-GTSS1 3
MANG 201 Principles of Management 3
BUGB 211 Business Communications 3
Restricted Elective 3
Restricted Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics-GTSS1 3
MARK 231 Principles of Marketing 3
BUGB 231 Survey of Business Law 3
Restricted Elective 3
Restricted Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
 Total Semester Credit Hours66

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.