Travel and Event Planning

Occupational Major

This major is primarily designed for job preparedness. Students who are considering transferring to a baccalaureate institution should be aware that decisions on transferability of courses are made by the baccalaureate institutions and differ from school to school. Students should contact the Transfer Services office early in the academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Business Studies
Penn 401 • Phone: 215-968-8227
Curriculum Code No. 2171

This Associate of Arts degree program prepares graduates to compete for various careers in the travel services and meeting planning industries. Program requirements can be completed in a two-year period of full time study (including one summer employment internship). Graduates seek employment in such positions as meeting planners, conference planners, catering planners, exposition organizers, travel managers, travel agents, corporate planners, association planners, medical meeting planners, trade show coordinators, government meeting planners, incentive travel planners, independent meeting planners, seminar coordinators and sports event planners.

Graduates of this program are able to:

  • plan corporate and business meetings and conferences;
  • provide a variety of service functions in preparing for an event and managing ancillary services including food and beverage requirements;
  • develop sales techniques and marketing plans; and
  • develop business presentation techniques for group and convention presentations.

Degree Course Requirements*

Course Credits
CISC100
Introduction to Computers
3
OR 
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems E
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking E,1
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,E.2
3
HRIM101
Introduction to The Travel Services Industry
3
HRIM110
Financial Management in Tourism & Hospitality E
3
HRIM111
Conference and Business Meeting Planning
3
HRIM115
Computer Reservations and Travel Information E
3
HRIM200
Hotel & Lodging Operations Management E
3
HRIM210
HRIM Internship E
3
HRIM220
HRIM Seminar E
3
MGMT100
Introduction to Business3
3
MGMT120
Business MathematicsA,E,4
3
MGMT130
Business Law
3
MKTG100
Principles of Marketing E
3
MKTG110
Selling
3
MKTG220
Marketing on the Internet
3
OADM110
Business CommunicationA,E,2
3
Cultural PerspectivesB 3
INTG285
Integration of KnowledgeC ,E
3
Personal HealthD 3
Total Credit Hours 60

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
HRIM101
Introduction to The Travel Services Industry
3
CISC100
Introduction to Computers
3
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems E
3
OADM110
Business CommunicationA,E,2
3
MGMT100
Introduction to Business3
3
Cultural PerspectivesB 3
Total Credit Hours15

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,E,2
3
HRIM110
Financial Management in Tourism & Hospitality E
3
HRIM115
Computer Reservation and Travel Information E
3
HRIM200
Hotel & Lodging Operation Management E
3
MGMT120
Business MathematicsA,E,4
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Summer Session

Course Credits
HRIM210
HRIM InternshipE
3
Total Credit Hours3

Third Semester

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking E,1
3
MGMT130
Business Law
3
HRIM111
Conference and Business Meeting Planning
3
MKTG100
Principles of Marketing E
3
INTG285
Integration of KnowledgeC,E
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
HRIM220
HRIM Seminar E
3
MKTG110
Selling
3
MKTG220
Marketing on the Internet
3
Personal Health D 3
Total Credit Hours12

A Placement testing required
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen
C Any Integration of Knowledge course may be chosen
D Choose from COMM105, HLTH103, HLTH110, HLTH120, HLTH130, PSYC100, PSYC125
E Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies Creative Expression Requirement
2 Satisfies College Writing Requirement
3 Satisfies Social Perspectives Requirement
4 Satisfies College Level Mathematics or Science Requirement

*See for important information.

Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts degree may earn the legend “MajorRequirements Satisfied” on their transcripts by successfully completing all of the courses listed in the major except Cultural Perspectives Integration of Knowledge and Personal Health