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Courses and Requirements

Required courses including Meeting, Event, and Conference Management and International/Domestic Destinations provide specific skills needed in this field. The Seminars and Work Experience in Hospitality (internships) are a key component of the program, giving students real industry experience along with a focus on career development and workplace issues. Elective options provide the opportunity to customize the course of study to meet the student’s specific educational goals. A minimum of 60 credit hours are required for graduation.

Starting in the Fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.


Students interested in participation in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/SORI/CHRI page on the NECC website.

Northern Essex Community College is committed to the success of every student. Students with legal issues in their background will meet with a committee as part of the CORI/SORI/CHRI process and will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support.

Required Courses

Courses Credits Comments
ACC101 Introductory Accounting I 3
ACC102 Introductory Accounting II 3 Prerequisite
BUS101 Introduction to Business 3
BUS105 Managerial Business Communication 3
CIS110 Computer Applications 3
COM111 Public Speaking 3
ENG101 English Composition I 3
ENG102 English Composition II 3 Prerequisite
HST104 Intro Hospitality and Tourism 3
HST209 Meeting, Event, and Conference Management 3
HST250 Seminars and Work Experience in Hospitality 3
TLT105, International / Domestic Destinations 3
Courses Credits Comments
Behavioral Science Elective 3
Math Electives 3 MAT120 or higher, MAT122 recommended
Program Electives 12 Choose 4 courses from: HST214, HST215, HST216, TLT110, COP110, MGT205, MKT210
Science Electives 3-4 BIO103 recommended. Students transferring to a bachelors program are encouraged to take the lab portion of the course BIO104
Liberal Arts Electives 3 Spanish is highly recommended
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