Meeting, Convention 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
Digital Literacy
3
OR 
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems B,10
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking B,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,B,1
3
HRIM101
Introduction to The Travel Services Industry
HRIM110
Financial Management in Tourism & Hospitality B
3
HRIM111
Conference and Business Meeting Planning
3
HRIM115
Computer Reservations and Travel Information B
3
HRIM200
Hotel & Lodging Operations Management B
3
HRIM210
HRIM Internship C
3
HRIM220
HRIM Seminar C
3
MGMT100
Introduction to Business9
3
MGMT120
Business Mathematics A,B,4
3
MKTG100
Principles of Marketing
3
MGMT130
Business Law
3
MKTG110
Selling
3
MKTG220
Marketing on the Internet
3
OADM110
Business Communication A,B,2,3
3
HLTH120
Nutrition 8
3
HRIM130
Baking & Decorating-Techniques & Procedures B,6
3
Foreign Language 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
Digital Literacy
3
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems C,10
3
OADM110
Business Communication A,C,2,3
3
MGMT100
Introduction to Business 9
3
Total Credit Hours12

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,C,1
3
HRIM110
Financial Management in Tourism & Hospitality C
3
HRIM115
Computer Reservation and Travel Information C
3
HRIM200
Hotel & Lodging Operation Management C
3
MGMT120
Business Mathematics A,C,4
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Summer Session

Course Credits
HRIM210
HRIM Internship C
3
Total Credit Hours3

Third Semester

Course Credits
MGMT130
Business Law
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking C,5
3
HRIM111
Conference and Business Meeting Planning
3
MKTG100
Principles of Marketing C
3
Foreign Language D,7 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
HRIM220
HRIM Seminar B
3
MKTG110
Selling
3
MKTG220
Marketing on the Internet
3
HLTH120
Nutrition 8
3
HRIM130
Baking & Decorating-Techniques & Procedures C,6
3
Total Credit Hours15

A Placement testing required.
B All academically qualified students must enroll in HRIM220.
C Course requires prerequisite.
D See HRIM Adviser.

1 Satisfies Writing
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking
3 Satisfies Information Literacy
4 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy
5 Satisfies Oral Communication
6 Satisfies Arts/Humanities
7 Satisfies Diversity
8 Satisfies Scientific Literacy
9 Satisfies Social Science
10 Satisfies Technology Competence