Hospitality and Tourism Business Management Program
Whatcom Community College's hospitality and tourism business management program prepares students to work in this continually expanding, multi-billion dollar global industry. The hospitality and tourism business management program includes a strong business core curriculum combined with specialized topics in hospitality and tourism. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in hotel operations, meeting and event planning, food and beverage management, sales and marketing, or any number of other hospitality careers, Whatcom's hospitality and tourism business management program will get you the technical skills and industry knowledge to excel in this growing and exciting industry. The program offers an associate in science degree (AS) in hospitality and tourism business management and a certificate in hospitality and tourism business management.
Students may plan their hospitality and tourism business management course selection to maximize transferability of credits to a variety of bachelor of arts programs around the region. Students should work with an academic advisor or the program coordinator to choose the most appropriate pathway to achieve their long-term career goals.
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Hospitality and Tourism Business Management Degrees and Certificates
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Hospitality and Tourism Business Management Classes
Formerly BUSAD 120.Course enables students to develop skills in order to prepare them for successful employment in the consumer relations and service field. Students will identify and explore consumer relations, company cultures, service recovery, and communication skills.
Formerly BUSAD 175. Overview of the major components of travel and tourism industry. Students will learn about top travel destinations, reservation and ticketing systems, tour planning and operators, sales and marketing, trends, economic impact, the cruise market, and transportation modes. Simulation exercises and internship assignments provide practical application. Recommended preparation: MATH 92, ENGL 95, ESLA 115 and BTEC 101.
Formerly BUSAD 176. This course is designed as an overview of the basic principles and theories of catering and food service operations. Students will identify types of catered events both on and off premises. Special emphasis is placed on types of food and beverage functions, marketing, production and event planning, financial controls and contracts, room arrangements and personnel. Recommended preparation: ESLA 115, MATH 94, ENGL 95 and BTEC 101.
Formerly BUSAD 177. This course is designed to survey the basic concepts and details in planning and coordinating meetings and events. This course will help students with the logistics of the planning process, evaluating meeting sites and set-up, budget preparation, promotion, developing contracts, coordination of staff, audio-visual requirements, and event design. Recommended preparation: ESLA 115, MATH 94, ENGL 95 and BTEC 101.
Formerly BUSAD 179. The course will introduce students to the exciting world of hospitality concepts and practices. The course covers the scope and forms of the hospitality industry, lodging, food and beverage, transportation, retail outlets, and special events. The management practices of hotels, resorts, convention centers, restaurants, and casinos are introduced. History, leadership, organizational structure, franchising are presented. Recommended preparation: ENGL 95/ESLA 115 or placement into ENGL& 101.
Formerly BUSAD 205. An in-depth view of management operations within the lodging industry. Areas emphasized include: front office operations, revenue management, check in and settlement procedures, reservations, handling guest relations, management concerns of various departments. Students will survey lodging systems, operations, hospitality terminology, and interdepartmental communication. Recommended preparation: HTBM 179, BTEC 101 and placement in ENGL 95, ESLA 115 and MATH 94.