Travel and Tourism

If you want to go places in the travel industry, start your journey here

As a graduate of Monroe Community College’s travel and tourism certificate program, you’ll be ready for great jobs in hotels, resorts, travel agencies, and cruise lines. Your job title could be:

  • Travel agent
  • Reservation agent
  • Travel guide
  • International travel counselor
  • Travel planner
  • Concierge

In only one year, you’ll learn about the latest travel-related software and technologies, and gain an understanding of how different kinds of travel suppliers work together to help customers optimize their travel experiences and budgets. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom at a co-op experience with an industry-related employer.

Some MCC Hospitality students even choose to do a Disney Theme Parks internship!

Learn the Tools of the Trade and See Your Travel Career Take Off

Travel professionals often work behind-the-scenes to make sure that their customers enjoy a smooth trip. In the travel and tourism certificate program at MCC, you’ll learn how to:

  • Analyze and compare travel services and companies
  • Maximize the power of the latest travel technology
  • Gain big picture understanding of the most popular travel destinations
  • Convey vital medical and safety information
  • Obtain the documentation required for domestic and international travel

In addition, you’ll complete a co-op in the travel industry to expand your knowledge and gain precious contacts.

As the economy improves, the demand for travel and tourism professionals grows. You could start your career with a diverse range of employers, including:

  • Liberty Travel
  • Princess Cruise Lines
  • AAA
  • Hertz Rent-A-Car
  • American Airlines
  • Living Social Adventures
  • Just Cruises, Inc.

The travel and tourism certificate program is for you if you’re interested in a travel and tourism concentration without the broad liberal arts background of an associate degree. MCC also offers a travel option in our hospitality management A.S. program.

To find out more about the travel and tourism certificate from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at or (585) 292-2200.


Certificate Program


School(s): Applied Sciences & Technologies

MCC Program Code: HM11

This program is designed for the student who is primarily interested in a travel and tourism concentration without the broad liberal arts background. A graduate of this program will have established a basis for a career in the travel and tourism industry, and will be qualified for at least entry-level positions in tour companies, travel agencies, tourism bureaus, cruise lines, car rental companies, and hotels. Cooperative Education provides work-based experience to expand students' learning opportunities.
(Housed in the Hospitality Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1.Describe the interrelationships of travel suppliers.
2.Evaluate various cruise line companies.
3.Evaluate various group tour companies.
4.Discuss operational procedures for both domestic and international airlines.
5.Discuss security protocols for both domestic and international airlines.
6.Discuss reliable sources of information.
7.Discuss the positive and negative aspects that tourism can bring to a region or destination.
8.Demonstrate fundamental computer entries to complete an airline reservation.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Pre-Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 3 (TRS 094 or MTH 130) or higher. Placement into ENG 101.

Distribution RequirementsCredit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
GEG 215 Geography of Tourism Destinations 3
HSP 251 Hospitality Marketing 3
TVL 101 Introduction to Travel and Tourism 3
TVL 131 Documentation in the Tourism Industry 3
TVL 210 Introduction to Airline Reservations Systems: SABRE OR
TVL 220 Introduction to Airline Reservations Systems: APOLLO
SECOND SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
HSP 102 Hospitality Service 4
TVL 231 Tourism Specialization 3
HSP 275 Current Issues and Trends in Hospitality 3
CE 260 Cooperative Education: Hospitality* 4
Total 4

* Students can take the Cooperative Education course during a semester or during the summer.

NOTE: Please see the Hospitality Management A.A.S. Degree – Travel, for a degree option to the Certificate program.
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