Hospitality Management: Restaurant Option, Associate in Applied Science


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For students interested in a career in hospitality food and beverage management, Northampton offers students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in applied science in Restaurant Management. Some of the core classes in the program include food preparation techniques, dining room operations, menu planning and cost controls and the fundamentals of beers, wines and spirits, catering and convention services, dining room operations, and strategic leadership. Students will have hands-on working experience at local outstanding restaurants, in the "Hampton Winds" campus restaurant and at college special events.

The Hospitality Management program fosters teamwork, professionalism, and learning through experience. Students will be prepared for a career in the hospitality industry by classroom learning supplemented with field trips, guest speakers and industry certifications. All students will complete a 225 hour management practicum, where they will complete an internship in their area of interest.

Course credit or advanced placement options may exist for students coming from local high schools and vocational schools. Northampton also has agreements with several colleges and universities for students interested in transferring to a four year school upon completion of the program. Program instructors and college advisors can help determine the education and career path that will lead students to a successful future.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 for further information.

Career Potential: Restaurant Operations Supervisor/Manager/Owner, Conference Services/, Banquet Supervisor/Manager, Contract Food service supervisor/manager, food broker/distributor, several other restaurant related entry-level positions.


Accreditation:  The Hospitality Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Management

NCC students have transferred to: Pennsylvania State University--College Park and Berks campuses, East Stroudsburg University, Keystone College, Temple University, Widener University, York College of Pennsylvania



Graduates of the program will:

  • Acquire and correctly use general industry information, technical skills, and certifications for employment in the hospitality industry.
  • Listen and effectively communicate in a positive, professional, and ethical manner with customers and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
  • Display a professional image, positive attitude, strong work ethic, and recognize your role in the success of the organization where you are employed.
  • Read and accurately interpret standard indicators of the organization's financial health.
  • Use appropriate technology for written communication, information gathering, and data analysis to facilitate smooth operation of a hospitality organization.
  • Demonstrate leadership and supervisory skills, and an appreciation of diversity to support the organization and its goals.
  • Use organization and flexibility, as a team, to complete tasks, make decisions, and problem solve in a timely manner.
  • Utilize research and problem-solving techniques to employ "out of the box" critical thinking skills in a variety of hospitality situations.


First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

CMTH102Introduction to Communication

3 credits

ENGL101English I

3 credits

FOOD140Fundamentals of Beer, Wine, and Spirits

3 credits

HOSP101Introduction to the Hospitality Industry

3 credits

HOSP105Enhancing Guest Service

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

ENGL151REnglish II

3 credits

FOOD123Menu Planning and Food & Beverage Cost Control

3 credits

HOSP111Food and Beverage Management

3 credits

HOSP130Convention Services & Catering

3 credits

Mathematics (QL) or Science (SCI) Elective

3/4 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Third Semester

FOOD110Food Preparation

4 credits

HOSP210Human Resources Management for the Hospitality Industry

3 credits

HOSP215Hospitality Sales & Marketing

3 credits

PSYC103Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

General Education Elective (SIT or SSHB)

3 credits


3 credits

Total Credit Hours:19

Fourth Semester

FOOD250Dining Room Operations

3 credits

HOSP201Strategic Leadership in Hospitality

3 credits

HOSP212Hospitality Financial Reporting

3 credits

HOSP221GHospitality Management Practicum

3 credits

General Education Elective (AH)

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Total Credit Hours: 65-66

  • For the General Education Electives, students must select one course from the list of approved Arts & Humanities (AH) courses and one course from the lists of approved courses in Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT); or Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness(D).
  • Computer competencies are included in various courses in this program. Thus, completion of the program automatically satisfies the computing requirement for the program.