Hospitality and Tourism Management Bachelor's Degree Completion Pathway (Highland Community College)

Highland Community College- Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) in Hospitality Management*

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The degree completion emphasis is off-campus/online and is designed uniquely for hospitality professionals. Applicants must have completed an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in hospitality management, restaurant management, culinary arts or a related degree and have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0.

AAS in Highland Community College: HCC program requirements and applicability toward NIU general education and major requirement. (29 credit hours)

Highland required course NIU articulation NIU requirement satisfied
ACCT 105 - Elements of Accounting (3) Elective Elective toward 120 credits

ACCT 213 – Financial Accounting (4)

ACCY 206 – Introductory Financial Accounting Major

ACCT 214 – Managerial Accounting (4)

ACCY 207– Introductory Cost Management Elective toward 120 credits

BUS 124 – Introduction to Small Business (3)

MGMT 101 – Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship

Major – (substitution for MGMT 333)

BUSN 125 – Mathematics of Business (3)


Elective toward 120 credits

ECON 112 – Principles of Economics II (3)

ECON 260 – Principles of Microeconomics

GE-Society and Culture and Major

ENGL 121 – Rhetoric and Composition (3)

ENG 103 – Rhetoric and Composition I

GE-Foundational Studies

INFT 180 – Introduction to Information Systems (3)

OMIS 259 – Introduction to Business Information Systems

GE-Nature and Technology

SPCH 191 – Fundamentals of Speech (3 COMS 100 – Fundamentals of Oral Communication GE-Foundational studies

* Articulation Plan based on course work required for the AAS Hospitality Management at Highland in the 2018-19 catalog and the B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management – Degree completion emphasis in the 2018-2019 catalog and in NIU's current articulation handbook. Curricular changes will necessitate an update in the articulation plan.

Additional Highland Courses to Meet NIU General Education and/or Major Requirements
Can be completed concurrently while taking NIU courses (31 credit hours)
Highland required course NIU articulation NIU requirement satisfied

BUSN 229 – the Legal Environment of Business (3)

MGMT 217 –Legal Environment of Business Major

BUSN 246 – Principles of Marketing (3)


Major (Substitution for MKTG 295)

ENGL 122 – Rhetoric and Composition II (3)

ENGL 203 – Rhetoric and Composition II

GE-Foundational Studies

Humanities (6)

Select course to meet NIU Creativity and Critical Analysis Requirement (see Articulation Handbook)

GE- Knowledge Domain

MATH 171** – Finite Mathematics (4)

MATH 210 – Finite Mathematics

GE-Foundational Studies and Major

Math 177** Statistics (3) STAT 208 – Basic Statistics GE-Foundational Studies and Major
PSYC 161 – Introduction to Psychology (3) PSYC 102 – Introduction to Psychology GE-Knowledge Domain and Major
Science (3) Select course to meet NIU Nature and Technology Requirement (see Articulation Handbook – link below) GE-Knowledge Domain
Additional General Education (3) Select course to meet NIU Knowledge Domain Requirement (see Articulation Handbook – link below) GE-Knowledge Domain

**Students will need to earn a C or better in MATH 171 or MATH 177 to meet NIU’s Quantitative Literacy requirement

Proficiency credits
AAS Hospitality Management graduates are eligible proficiency in HOSP 202, HOSP 302, HOSP 303, HOSP 304, HOSP 316, HOSP 319, HOSP 320, HOSP 413, HOSP 418, and HOSP 425. These proficiency credits will be held in escrow and be awarded during the last semester prior to degree completion.

Hospitality and Tourism Management Major Classes to Be Taken Through NIU (31 credit hours)

Note: NIU courses are offered online at least once a year

NIU course number NIU course title
HOSP 301 (2) Career Planning in the Hospitality Industry
HOSP 314 (3) Hospitality Facility Management
HOSP 315 (3) Casino and Gaming Management
HOSP 411 (3) Yield Management in the Hospitality Industry
HOSP 417 (3) Trade Show and Exhibition Management
HOSP 426 (3) Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry
HOSP 430 (3) Data Analysis for the Hospitality Industry
HOSP 491 (1) Leadership Seminar in Hospitality and Tourism
HOSP 492 (2) Distinguished Speaker Series
HOSP 495 (8) Internship in Hospitality Management 

Academic advising
All NIU students must meet university graduation and general education (GE) requirements.  Hospitality and Tourism Management – degree completion students work with an advisor to identify GE deficiencies and monitor progress toward completion of these and other university graduation requirements (i.e. 120 total credit hours with at least 31 hours from NIU.)