In this program, students acquire the necessary practical and theoretical skills for employment in one of the nation’s fastest growing industries. Graduates may be employed as an assistant restaurant manager, hotel/motel assistant manager, front office manager, dining room manager, cafeteria production manager in a variety of areas such as hotel, restaurants, resorts, cruise lines, catering centers, and health care facilities. Graduates are eligible for certification in several course areas by the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the National Restaurant Association. Many colleges and universities will apply our courses toward a bachelor’s degree. Before graduation, students will complete a 180 hour externship under the supervision of qualified chefs and/or foodservice managers.
HCD-102 if not already taken.
A passing score on the College Placement Test; or a grade of "C" or better in ENG-010 and RDG-011 (RDG-011 can be a co-requisite; or a grade of "C" or better in ESL-097 or ESL-098.
RDG-011 may be taken as a co-requisite if not previously completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Appropriate score on the College placement test, successful completion of MAT 013 or equivalent or departmental approval.
A grade of “C” or better in ENG 121
Students may satisfy this requirement with any HED or PED course.
Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities GE HUM
HCD 108 and HCD 112
Students must select courses with the GE MST designation and with the BIO, CHM, PHY and SCI course codes.
HCD 102, HCD-108 and HCD-112
Can students who major in Hospitality and Culinary Arts transfer to a four-year college?
Articulation agreements with public and private institutions offer students who earn the A.A.S. degree the opportunity to transfer most of their coursework to the four-year institution. Students in specialized programs, or who earn an A.A.S. degree should discuss the transfer process with an advisor. Many colleges and universities with hotel and restaurant management programs, including Fairleigh Dickinson University, NYU, Montclair State University, Stockton University and Widener University, The Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales, as well as other schools, will apply the courses taken toward a bachelor’s degree.
What do students learn if they study Hospitality and Culinary Arts?
They receive training in restaurant and food service management, hospitality management or culinary arts. Those with limited related industry experience are encouraged to enroll in a cooperative work experience seminar that includes paid employment in the final semester. In culinary arts additional training is provided in a culinary externship.
Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?
Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completion of the appropriate course.
How long will it take to complete these programs?
Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions. Certificates may be completed in approximately 14 months and the certificate of achievement in approximately 2 semesters.
Can students who take the Culinary Certificate Program also work toward the A.A.S. degree in Culinary Arts or Hospitality Management?
Yes. All of the culinary courses in the certificate program may be applied to meet the requirements for the A.A.S. degree in the Culinary Arts degree or the Hospitality Management degree.
Contact Name: Dr. Mary-Pat Maciolek, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2538
Contact Email: MMaciolek@middlesexcc.edu
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