Hospitality and Tourism Management

Hospitality and Tourism Management with Career Paths in:

  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Career Path to B.S. in Hospitality Administration/Management

Associate in Science Degree

The Hospitality Industry and its corresponding requirement for trained management employees is expanding. Whether you are interested in learning employable skills for the hospitality industry or upgrading your current talents, Valencia has courses that may interest you.

This program provides two Career Paths. One that is designated for students who seek immediate employment in the field of Hospitality and Tourism Management and/or a second Career Path for those who plan to articulate the A.S. to B.S. degree to transfer to the University of Central Florida or Florida International University as a junior to complete a four-year Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Administration/Management.

Graduates of specific programs at Orange County Tech Centers may be eligible for the award of credit in specific courses in this program. For information and requirements, visit the Valencia Web site at valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm to view the articulation agreement. Eligible students should contact the related academic department and/or Career Program Advisor at Valencia for the award of credit.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult a Career Program Advisor in the department office for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Students wishing to transfer any credits from this program to another institution must accept responsibility for securing approval from the transfer institution.

Although scheduling may not always provide for the following progression of courses, students should use the foundation, intermediate and advanced course sequence as a guide in program planning.

All degree-seeking students must satisfy entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which the student is placed.

Technical Certificates

Check out our certificate programs below. These certificate programs will put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a  specialized skill set for immediate employment or to upgrade your skills for job advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less, and all of the courses in the certificate programs can be applied toward the A.S. degree. Click on the Certificate tab at the top of the page for more information.

  • Hospitality – Event Planning Management ( 24 credits)
  • Hospitality – Food & Beverage Management ( 30 credits)
  • Hospitality – Guest Services Specialist ( 15 credits)
  • Hospitality – Rooms Division Management ( 30 credits)

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Potential Careers

  • Guest Services Specialist
  • Front Office Supervisor/Manager
  • Dining Room Manager
  • Reservations Supervisor
  • Food & Beverage Manager
  • Lodging Manager/Assistant Manager
  • Event Planner
  • Catering/Sales & Service
  • Convention Services

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit: www.salary.com or www.smart-college-choices.com

Contacts

Future Students

Contact Enrollment Services at enrollment@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-1507.

Current Students

Jim Inglis, Program Chair, West Campus: 407-582-1491
jinglis@valenciacollege.edu

West Campus
Michael Gyurnek, Academic Advisor, West Campus: 407-582-1334
mgyurnek@valenciacollege.edu
Osceola Campus
Claudia Zequeira, Career Program Advisor: 407-582-4172
czequeira@valenciacollege.edu

Internship and Workforce Services

If you need assistance with job resources or in locating an internship, please visit: valenciacollege.edu/internship

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

If you have earned an approved industry certification, completed an Orange County Tech Center Program or have earned Career Pathways credit, you may be eligible to receive credit toward this A.S. degree. For more information, visit: valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm

Career Path in Hospitality and Tourism Management

This Career Path is designed for students who seek immediate employment in the field of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Program Outcomes

  • Evaluate the organization and function of the hospitality industry.
  • Assess leadership, supervisory, and human relation skills within the hospitality industry.
  • Practice effective sales techniques and procedures including marketing, public relations, and entrepreneurship within the industry specific techniques.
  • Debate laws affecting the hospitality industry.
  • Implement safety and sanitation measures within HAACP.
  • Perform essential food production and cost control strategies.
Foundation Courses
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
HFT 1000INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY3
HFT 1410FRONT OFFICE MANAGEMENT3
HFT 2223HUMAN RELATIONS AND SUPERVISORY DEVELOPMENT3
PSY 2012GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY ~3
SPC 1608FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH ~3
Intermediate Courses
MTB 1103BUSINESS MATHEMATICS3
OST 2852CMICROSOFT EXCEL - INTRODUCTORY1
CGS 2100CCOMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS3
ACG 2021CPRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING *3
or APA 1111C BASIC ACCOUNTING
FOS 2201FOOD SERVICE SANITATION MANAGEMENT3
FSS 2251FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGEMENT3
HFT 1300MANAGING HOUSEKEEPING OPERATIONS3
HumanitiesSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirement ~3
Science or MathematicsSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirement +*~3
Elective(s) 13
Advanced Courses
FSS 1203CQUANTITY FOOD PRODUCTION *3
FSS 2500FOOD AND BEVERAGE COST CONTROL3
HFT 2210HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT3
HFT 2500MARKETING AND SALES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY3
HFT 2600HOSPITALITY LAW3
HFT 2942INTERNSHIP IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM *3
Total Credit Hours64
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This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

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This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

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This is a general education course.

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Recommended electives include: HFT 2630 SECURITY ISSUES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY, HFT 2750 CONVENTION MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE, HFT 1820 FOOD AND BEVERAGE PURCHASING, and SLS 1122 NEW STUDENT EXPERIENCE.

(GR)

Denotes a Gordon Rule course.

Career Path to B.S. in Hospitality Administration/Management
(Articulated A.S. to B.S.)

This program is designed for students who wish to utilize the Articulated A.S. to B.S. Career Path to transfer to the University of Central Florida or Florida International University as a junior to complete a four-year Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Administration/Management.

Program Outcomes

  • Evaluate the organization and function of the hospitality industry.
  • Assess the leadership, supervisory and human relations skills within the hospitality industry.
  • Implement effective sales techniques and procedures including marketing, public relations, and entrepreneurship within the hospitality industry.
  • Analyze laws affecting the hospitality industry.
  • Implement safety and sanitation measures within HAACP.
  • Generate essential food production and cost control skills.
Foundation Courses
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
HFT 1000INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY3
HFT 1410FRONT OFFICE MANAGEMENT3
HFT 2223HUMAN RELATIONS AND SUPERVISORY DEVELOPMENT3
SPC 1608FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH ~3
MAC 1105COLLEGE ALGEBRA +*~3
Intermediate Courses
ECO 2013PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS-MACRO ~3
STA 2023STATISTICAL METHODS *13
or CGS 2100C COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS
ENC 1102FRESHMAN COMPOSITION II +*~3
FSS 2251FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGEMENT3
HFT 1300MANAGING HOUSEKEEPING OPERATIONS3
HFT 2210HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT3
HFT 2630SECURITY ISSUES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY4
or HFT 2750 CONVENTION MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE
Humanities courses MUL 1010 or PHI 2010 ~3
Select one of the following Science courses: ~3
ASTRONOMY
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
CHEMISTRY IN EVERYDAY LIFE
Advanced Courses
FOS 2201FOOD SERVICE SANITATION MANAGEMENT3
FSS 1203CQUANTITY FOOD PRODUCTION *3
FSS 2500FOOD AND BEVERAGE COST CONTROL3
HFT 2500MARKETING AND SALES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY3
HFT 2600HOSPITALITY LAW3
HFT 2942INTERNSHIP IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM3
Total Credit Hours64
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

~

This is a general education course.

1

This course is recommended for students who plan to seek a four-year degree.

(GR)

Denotes a Gordon Rule course.

Notes:

All specialized program courses are offered on West Campus; some specialized courses are offered at other locations.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Several Florida public and private universities provide opportunities, in addition to the Articulated A.S. to B.S. transfer option, for A.S. degree graduates to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. Information on some of these transfer options, including UCF’s Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree, may be found at valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm. Students who want to continue their education should contact their university of choice for acceptance of this degree.

For students who are interested in pursuing UCF’s B.A.S. degree, 36 credit hours of general education courses will be required. Students will also have to fulfill the state’s foreign language requirement, which is two years of the same high school foreign language or two semesters of the same college-level foreign language.

Hospitality - Event Planning Management

Technical Certificate

This program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the hospitality industry with employable skills in the events planning area of hotels, resorts, convention centers and other hospitality-related sites.

Program Outcomes

  • Evaluate the organization and function of the hospitality industry.
  • Apply knowledge of convention management skills.
  • Apply leadership and supervisory skills.
  • Practice marketing, sales and business promotion techniques.
  • Perform food and beverage management within a full-service hospitality venue.
  • Implement safety and sanitation measures within HAACP.
HFT 1000INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY3
HFT 2223HUMAN RELATIONS AND SUPERVISORY DEVELOPMENT3
HFT 2750CONVENTION MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE4
FSS 2284CATERING AND BANQUET MANAGEMENT3
HFT 2500MARKETING AND SALES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY3
FSS 2251FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGEMENT3
Hospitality - Events Planning Management Electives5
Total Credit Hours24
Hospitality - Event Planning Management Electives
CGS 2100CCOMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS3
FOS 2201FOOD SERVICE SANITATION MANAGEMENT3
FSS 1203CQUALITY FOOD PRODUCTION *3
HFT 1410FRONT OFFICE MANAGEMENT3
HFT 2600HOSPITALITY LAW3
HFT 2630SECURITY ISSUES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY4
HFT 2840TABLE SERVICE ETIQUETTE1
HFT 2867CWINE ESSENTIALS *3
HFT 2942INTERNSHIP IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM *1-4
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Notes:

All certificate courses are offered on West Campus; some courses are offered at other locations.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid.

Hospitality - Food & Beverage Management

Technical Certificate

This program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the hospitality industry in the food and beverage areas of hotels, resorts, and theme parks as well as in other hospitality-related sites.

Program Outcomes

  • Determine the organization and function of the food service industry.
  • Apply human resource management techniques.
  • Apply knowledge of law and laws affecting the food service industry.
  • Employ human resource management techniques.
  • Practice effective sales techniques and procedures including marketing, public relations, and entrepreneurship.
  • Implement safety and sanitation measures within HAACP.
  • Practice essential food production and cost control skills.
HFT 1000INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY3
HFT 2223HUMAN RELATIONS AND SUPERVISORY DEVELOPMENT3
HFT 2600HOSPITALITY LAW3
FSS 2251FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGEMENT3
FSS 2500FOOD AND BEVERAGE COST CONTROL3
FOS 2201FOOD SERVICE SANITATION MANAGEMENT3
HFT 2500MARKETING AND SALES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY3
Hospitality - Food and Beverage Electives9
Total Credit Hours30
Hospitality - Food and Beverage Electives
CGS 2100CCOMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS3
FSS 1203CQUALITY FOOD PRODUCTION *3
FSS 2284CATERING AND BANQUET MANAGEMENT3
HFT 1820FOOD AND BEVERAGE PURCHASING3
HFT 2210HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT3
HFT 2630SECURITY ISSUES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY4
HFT 2750CONVENTION MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE4
HFT 2840TABLE SERVICE ETIQUETTE1
HFT 2867CWINE ESSENTIALS3
HUN 1004HEALTHY CUISINE/ NUTRITION3
Select one of the following:1-4
INTERNSHIP IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM *
INTERNSHIP IN RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT *
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Notes:

All certificate courses are offered on the West Campus; some courses are offered at other locations.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid.

Guest Services Specialist

Technical Certificate

This program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the hospitality industry in the guest services areas of hotels, resorts, and other hospitality-related sites.

Program Outcomes

  • Evaluate the organization and function of the hospitality industry.
  • Apply human resource management skills.
  • Operate front office management systems.
  • Demonstrate employability skills.
  • Demonstrate guest service skills.
  • Maintain security and safety procedures.
HFT 1000INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY3
HFT 2223HUMAN RELATIONS AND SUPERVISORY DEVELOPMENT3
HFT 1410FRONT OFFICE MANAGEMENT3
Hospitality - Guest Services Electives6
Total Credit Hours15
Hospitality - Guest Services Electives
These electives must be selected from courses with the subject prefix of HFT.

Notes:

All certificate courses are offered on the West Campus; some courses are offered at other locations.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Hospitality - Rooms Division Management

Technical Certificate

This program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the hospitality industry in the rooms division of hotels, resorts, and other hospitality-related sites.

Program Outcomes

  • Determine the organization and function of the hospitality industry.
  • Demonstrate use of an industry software, including guest relations, check in, check out, and night audit.
  • Apply human relations skills.
  • Apply knowledge of law and laws affecting the hospitality industry.
  • Practice effective marketing, sales, and business promotion techniques.
  • Demonstrate and execute employability skills.
HFT 1000INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY3
HFT 2223HUMAN RELATIONS AND SUPERVISORY DEVELOPMENT3
HFT 2600HOSPITALITY LAW3
HFT 1410FRONT OFFICE MANAGEMENT3
HFT 2500MARKETING AND SALES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY3
Hospitality - Rooms Division Electives15
Total Credit Hours30
Hospitality - Rooms Division Electives
CGS 2100CCOMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS3
FSS 2284CATERING AND BANQUET MANAGEMENT3
HFT 1300MANAGING HOURSEKEEPING OPERATIONS3
HFT 2210HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT3
HFT 2750CONVENTION MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE4
HFT 2630SECURITY ISSUES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY4
HFT 2942INTERNSHIP IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM *1-4
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Notes:

All certificate courses are offered on the West Campus; some courses are offered at other locations.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid.