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What will I learn?

Why Study Hospitality and Tourism?

Do you enjoy working with people, solving problems and providing quality customer service? The Hospitality and Tourism program offers preparation in the fields of culinary arts, restaurant management, hotel management and travel and tourism. We offer hands-on Culinary Arts courses on the main campus in our state-of-the-art kitchen lab, which features restaurant-quality equipment.

Related disciplines include Culinary Arts.

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS): Hospitality and Tourism – Hospitality
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS): Hospitality and Tourism – Travel and Tourism

Occupational Objectives:

There are many exciting career opportunities available for those with skilled training in the field of hospitality and tourism. Graduates of this program are prepared for positions in restaurants, fast food establishments, catering facilities, institutional food service companies, hotels, cruise lines, gaming establishments and other related areas. Students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year institution will need to take additional general education courses before attaining full junior status.

Opportunities at Rockland Community College:

Culinary courses offer hands-on experience featuring restaurant-quality equipment in RCC’s state-of-the-art kitchen lab. More than 40 student clubs including a Hospitality Club enrich RCC’s campus life. Activities offer many opportunities for socializing, learning and networking. Hospitality Club members participate in community service activities and creative catering for special campus events. RCC’s Career Services programs help students with résumé writing, interviewing skills, and job and career strategies.

Program Goals:

The degree provides students with a broad base of core course work to provide the knowledge needed for a career in the hospitality and tourism industry. Students will take several required courses in hospitality but will then have the option to focus their education on either hospitality or travel and tourism.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts that characterize the hospitality industry
  • Demonstrate a variety of hands-on skills needed in the industry
  • Develop and demonstrate the skills needed to plan and implement various types of hospitality and/or travel and tourism functions
  • Develop the research skills used in hospitality and/or travel and tourism
  • Develop an understanding of management concepts and how they integrate with hospitality and/or travel and tourism
  • Develop variety of skills related to problem solving

Which department am I in?

Business, Social and Behavioral Science, and Professional/Public Service Division

Study options

Full Time (4 semesters)

Tuition fees
US$10,500.00 per year
The given fee is for 2018/19 and is subject to change
Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Venue

Business, Social and Behavioral Science, and Professional/Public Service Division

Academic II, Room 2250,

145 College Road,

SUFFERN,

New York,

10901, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED). The TOEFL/IELTS exam is NOT required. All students must take an English and Math placement exam upon arrival before they can register for classes. Students will be placed into ESL courses if needed based on the exam results. Students will still be enrolled in their Associates degree while taking ESL courses and will be able to take certain degree courses.

For international students

Admission to Rockland Community College is open to applicants whose academic record and qualifications suggest that they have the ability to benefit from the educational experience.

Matriculated students must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Possess a local or Regent’s High School Diploma (the I.E.P. and S.A.C.C. are not a recognized diplomas);
  • Possess a high school equivalency diploma (GED) or TASC;
  • Be admitted as an Early Admit Student;
  • Be admitted as a GED Candidate;
  • Possess an associate’s degree or higher from a nationally accredited college or university;
  • Score appropriately on tests approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

For those applicants applying from a country that is not exempt, you are required to meet our English proficiency with at least ONE of the following:

  • TOEFL - Internet Based 45 or Paper Based 450
  • IELTS - 5.0
  • SAT - 420 Verbal
  • ACT - 15 Writing
  • PTE (Pearsons Test for English) Academic - 41
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