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Hotel-Tourism Management, A.S.*

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Program Design

The Hotel-Tourism associate degree program provides education and training for students who would like to work full-time after graduation or continue their studies at another institution to earn a bachelor’s degree.

In the first year, students are introduced to the hospitality industry, studying quantity foods production and food protection. In the second year students focus on hotel management procedures; food, beverage and labor cost controls; and geography and tourism development. Students must participate in an individually planned 300-hour cooperative work program, earning credit toward graduation while employed.

Students of this program have matriculated to Central Connecticut State University with junior status in their Hospitality and Tourism Studies Program. Graduates have also transferred and earned bachelor’s degrees from other colleges and universities such as Cornell University, University of Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire, University of New Haven and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Students must purchase official kitchen and table service uniforms, as well as culinary tools and cutlery.

In addition to this degree, students may earn a second associate degree in Foodservice Management or Culinary Arts by taking additional credit hours. Candidates interested in earning double degrees should see a counselor or a hospitality management faculty member.


Students may attend full- or part-time, day or evening. This program has an active student club that provides a variety of activities to supplement the formal curriculum.

Note: Students should consult individual course descriptions for prerequisite information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Hotel-Tourism Management degree program requirements, graduates will:

  1. Analyze theory and techniques of food preparation and presentation.
  2. Prepare menus incorporating costs, acquisition and inventory controls.
  3. Summarize basic principles and concepts of the hospitality industry.
  4. Prepare basic foods in quantity, including various regional foods.
  5. Evaluate the establishment and maintenance of a safe and sanitary foodservice operation, including Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point and State of Connecticut law.
  6. Setup and operate the ‘front of the house.’
  7. Summarize managerial techniques and human resources management practice.
  8. Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving techniques in addressing management problems.
  9. Evaluate equipment design and layout for a foodservice facility.
  10. Apply knowledge of computers to the hospitality industry.
  11. Differentiate styles of marketing, sales analysis and planning for the hospitality industry.
  12. Demonstrate the practical approach to the various aspects of food and beverage cost control and purchasing.
  13. Outline the legal responsibilities and rights of guests and employees.
  14. Interpret hospitality sales practices and market analysis from sales to actual activity.
  15. Apply office procedures and forms necessary to room guests and control cash.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Total Minimum Credits Required: 62

Dual Degree in Foodservice Management Requirements

To complete a dual degree in Foodservice Management, students should take the following courses:


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:  www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.

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