Academic Catalog

Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism Management; Associate in Science

Program Description

The Associate in Science degree program in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism Management (HRTM) is designed to prepare students to begin a career in the creative, people-oriented Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism industries, or to continue with their education toward a Bachelor’s degree. The program provides a business planning and management foundation that examines industry trends, consumer behavior, guest services and other factors that influence Hospitality Recreation & Tourism development and promotion. Students will receive exposure to critical thinking skills as well as a broad education and awareness of values, skills, and attitudes that will prepare them for responsible citizenship roles across the scope of the hospitality, recreation and tourism industry and society.

Transfer Information

Students pursuing the Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism Management degree can transfer into majors such as Hospitality and Tourism, Recreation, and sometimes Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality. Students should research availability of this major both in and out of state. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC business faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a fouryear institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer

Career Information

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science Degrees are designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree. The curriculum provides students the knowledge and skills needed to pursue various career pathways, while providing a credential beyond the high school degree. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by OCC, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers

Students are encouraged to keep track of degree requirements by using the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning. Student Planning can be accessed via logging into Ocean Connect.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 151 English I 3
MATH 156 or Higher 3
HRTM 110 Introduction to Hospitality, Recreation And Tourism Management 3
COMM 154 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Any STSC - Student Success Seminar course 1 2
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ENGL 152 English II 3
BUSN 271 Principles of Management 3
ECON 151
Macroeconomic Principles
or Microeconomics Principles
HRTM 120 Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism 3
Any Course from the Gen. Ed. Course List 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
HRTM 212 Conferences, Conventions, and Special Events Management 3
HRTM 214 Supervision and Human Resource Management 3
Choose any HRTM, INTR, APPR course 2 3
CSIT 123 Integrated Office Software 3
Any Foreign Language Course from the Gen. Ed. Course list 3 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
HRTM 220 Managerial Accounting for Hospitality Industry 3
Any Foreign Language Course from the Gen. Ed. Course list 3 3
Lab Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 4
Elective(s) to meet 60 credits 6
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours60

A variety of STSC -Student Success Seminar courses are available. Please speak to your academic advisor for assistance when selecting.


INTR (internship) and APPR (apprenticeship) course selections should be specialized in the area of Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism Mgmt. All course selections should be based on the requirements of the intended transfer to a four-year institution. Students should speak to their advisor for clarification prior to registration. 


Two semesters of the same foreign language are strongly recommended (For example: SPAN 151 and SPAN 152)