If keeping up with the latest trends in food, travel, and events is part of your everyday life, then consider making it your job!  Hospitality touches us all almost every day in our hometowns and around the world. If helping people sounds rewarding to you, then you’ve got the passion to succeed in this fast-growing field. No office cube for you!  Tap into your creativity.  Create memorable guest experiences that inspire you to make a difference every day.    

Why Great Bay?       

Portsmouth is a premier tourism destination that offers direct access to a wide range of real-world experiences and serves as our extended classroom. From behind-the-scenes tours of hotels to participating in local events, you’ll not only gain valuable experience, but begin to develop your own professional network connecting you to a variety of exciting job possibilities.

Career Options

  • Hotels, resorts, casinos and country clubs
  • Wedding and event planners
  • Convention and visitor services
  • Restaurants and catering operations
  • Breweries and wineries
  • Airlines and cruise lines
  • Online travel agencies and tour operators
  • Ski resorts and recreation facilities
  • Spas and wellness centers



Choose to do an internship close to home, over the summer or away at Disney for the semester! Internships provide many valuable benefits including the opportunity to:

  • “Test drive” your new career to ensure it’s the one for you before you graduate
  • Build confidence in your skills and build a great resume
  • Gain hands-on experience in the field while you earn college credit
  • Develop your professional network prior to graduation
  • Transition to a permanent job after graduation

Transfer Opportunities

Save time and money by maximizing your Great Bay transfer credits at the following institutions:

  • University of New Hampshire (3.5 GPA or better earns a $10,000 scholarship)
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Granite State College

Industry Certifications

In several of your courses, you’ll have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications:

  • Cvent Certification, event planners
  • Amadeus Delphi Certification, sales and catering managers
  • Servsafe Certification, food protection managers
  • TIPS Certification, safe alcohol service training
  • AHLEI’s Managing Front Office Operations Certificate

First Year – Fall Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
HOS110GIntroduction to Hospitality Management303
MATH145G/147G*Quantitative Reasoning OR Quantitative Reasoning Plus (or Higher)4/504/5
ENGL110GCollege Composition I404
HOS150GHotel Operations303

Total Credits

*Prerequisite: Placement in MATH145G or higher.


First Year – Spring Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
BUS110G/114GIntro to Business OR Management303
HOS235G/230GFood & Beverage Operations OR Restaurant Development & Strategic Planning303
HOS175G/225GHospitality Marketing & Sales OR Hospitality Law303
HOS250G/215G/255GEvent Planning OR Planning Meetings & Conventions OR Catering Sales & Event Management303
GEOG110GWorld Geography303

Total Credits


Second Year – Fall Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
 Social Science Elective303
 ACCT, BUS, ECON, HOS, OR MKTG Elective303
HOS210GCustomer Service303
ACCT113GAccounting and Financial Reporting I303
 Science Elective*334

Total Credits

*A 3-credit science elective may be accepted in transfer to fulfill this requirement. Theory, lab, and credit hours may vary depending on the course chosen.


Second Year – Spring Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
 ACCT, BUS, ECON, HOS, OR MKTG Elective303
 Liberal Arts Elective303
 HUMA/FA/FL Elective303


(Hospitality Elective)

Professional Development OR Hospitality Elective303
HOS280G OR (Hospitality Elective)Hospitality Internship OR Hospitality Elective




Total Credits15
Hotel, Restaurant, and Event Management Associate Degree – Elective Options

In order to complete the degree and certificate programs, students may select from the following elective course options. These electives also apply to Hospitality Certificates. See below for more information.

  • HOS211G Sports Tourism and Events
  • HOS111G Tourism and Sustainable Practices
  • HOS175G Hospitality Marketing and Sales
  • HOS201G Tour and Cruise Operations
  • HOS202G Educational Travel Experience
  • HOS225G Hospitality Law
  • HOS250G Event Planning
  • HOS215G Planning Meetings & Conventions
  • HOS230G Restaurant Development & Strategic Planning
  • HOS235G Food & Beverage Operations
  • HOS244G Introduction to the Spa Industry
  • HOS255G Catering Sales & Event Management
  • HOS275G Professional Development
  • HOS280G Hospitality Internship

Program Specific Requirements

Technical Standards 

Students must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively using written and oral techniques, including the use of technology;
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner;
  • Work independently and in teams;
  • Work with frequent interruptions, respond appropriately to unexpected situations, and cope with variations in workload and stress levels.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify the fundamental components, historical developments, and current and future trends of the global hospitality industry.
  • Explain the significance of the guest-host relationship inherent to the hospitality industry and the strategies used to achieve service excellence.
  • Display the necessary written and oral communication skills required to be successful in the hospitality industry, including nonverbal techniques and an appreciation of cultural differences.
  • Realize and appreciate the importance of professional, ethical, legal, and social issues and responsibilities related to the hospitality industry.
  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of effective hospitality sales, marketing, and management practices.
  • Develop and apply problem solving, decision making, team building and critical thinking skills to practical hospitality management situations.
  • Broaden career perspectives and enhance personal and professional development opportunities for a successful career in the hospitality industry.
  • Qualify for transfer to a four-year college or university having completed the necessary requirements in hospitality, business, and general education for upper level study in Hospitality Management.


60-62 Credits Required


Contact an Admissions Representative at (603) 427-7600 ex 7500 or gbadmissions@ccsnh.edu