May 13, 2021  
2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 
2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Hospitality and Tourism, Associate of Arts

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School of Business & Information Technology (BIT)

This is an Associate of Arts degree designed to substantially fulfill the freshman and sophomore course requirements for admission to bachelor’s degree programs in Hospitality Management at New Mexico State and other colleges and universities. The degree’s general education curriculum is accepted for transfer toward the general education core. Go here for articulation agreements.  

Students are encouraged to communicate with the School of Business & Information Technology associate dean or program chairs, as well as with admissions advisors at the college or university where they plan to complete the bachelor’s degree. Courses taken with the credit/no credit option, transfer credits and non-traditional credits that have been accepted by CNM may not be accepted by the transfer institution. Many four-year institutions have minimum grade point average requirements for admission as well as a requirement that all coursework be completed with grades of C or better.

The Hospitality & Tourism degree provides the foundational coursework for hospitality management. An overview of the hospitality industry and various employment and educational opportunities will be explored. In addition, students will study hospitality operations, marketing, event planning, food safety and production. Organizational behavior, human resources, leadership and management skills will be developed and applied in theory and lab settings.

See Recommended Sequence of Courses

Educational Option Information

  • This educational option can be completed: Part-time or full-time. Full-time students can complete the program in four terms.
  • This educational option can be started: Any term
  • Primary course location: Main Campus; many courses are offered online

Special Requirements

  • Students are required to purchase new textbooks for program courses with third party exams.
  • Uniforms, Tools and equipment may be required for food production labs.
  • Students should be able to lift 30 pounds and must present a physician’s certificate to CNM at the start of classes stating that the student is free from tuberculosis in a transmissible form.
  • Students must be able to stand for the duration of lab classes.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations


Educational Opportunities

Students completing the certificate may also receive certificates in Hospitality and Tourism, and Food Service Management.

Note - NMSU: Students should contact NMSU’s HRTM department one or two terms prior to their expected start date in order to begin the application process.

Note - ENMU Students should contact ENMU’s College of Business at for more information.

Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.


Career Opportunities

Jobs are available in lodging, casinos, restaurants, resorts, cruise ships, event planning, convention services, sales and marketing, bed and breakfasts, and other areas. Types of employment range from front office, marketing, guest services, to management and leadership positions. Many hospitality careers have competitive benefits and wages  with the opportunity for rapid advancement.

Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites

Students may demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by Diploma/GPA , placement exam scores , or specific course work.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Term 4

Associate of Arts in Hospitality and Tourism 61-66 credit hours

Program Requirements

Social/Behavioral Science

6-9 credit hour(s) required in each Social/Behavioral Science and Humanities/Fine Arts for a total of 15 credit hour(s).

Humanities/Fine Arts

6-9 credit hour(s) required in each Social/Behavioral Science and Humanities/Fine Arts for a total of 15 credit hour(s).

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