Hospitality and Tourism Certificate

The Program (HEGIS Code 5011.10)

The Hospitality and Tourism certificate program is designed to give graduates good preparation for professional entry level jobs in the field. The certificate allows significant tailoring to meet students’ specific needs or interests.

The certificate is also an excellent vehicle to allow graduates to enter the field quickly and then return for more training as their careers progress.

Career Opportunities

The Hospitality and Tourism certificate program positions students to enter the fields of hotel/restaurant management or kitchen management/culinary work.

The hospitality and tourism field can be glamorous and exciting but usually involves long hours and hard work. Formal education is an important factor in holding all but the lowest skilled jobs in the industry although education beyond a 2 year degree is normally not required for most positions. A certificate allows students to begin their professional career quickly. They can then plan to continue their education at different points, as their career progresses.

Experience is a key factor in this industry and graduates are advised to seek initial employment in positions where they can gain broad experience and be involved in as many aspects of the industry as possible. Virtually every job in this field requires regular contact with the public and an emphasis on good customer service.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Hospitality and Tourism Certificate program will:

  • Analyze career paths within the hospitality, food service, tourism, and recreation industries.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of critical food safety knowledge and practices.


Certificate Requirements (Effective Fall 2014) Credit Hours
Hospitality and Tourism Electives (12 Credit Hours)  12
     Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following: HOS, HRM or CUL  
Business and Hospitality and Tourism Electives (12 Credit Hours)  12
     Choose from any of the following: HOS, HRM, CUL, BUS, or ACC  


For More Information

Alexander Pope Vickers, Hospitality and Tourism Department Chair

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522