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The Bachelor of Science Degree

Building the foundation for a life-long career in management is both a science and an art. Successful travel industry managers have a number of vital and, sometimes divergent, duties and responsibilities. Each element of the TIM curriculum provides an essential building block for a complete education which is relevant not only to the travel industry, but to virtually any service-related enterprise or occupation. The curriculum focuses on developing problem-solving and decision-making techniques and critical-thinking skills which are essential skills for successful managers and leaders in any industry.

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TIM Bachelor Degree Program Worksheet

Areas of Emphasis

TIM offers two areas of emphasis within the BS program: hospitality management and tourism and transportation management. These emphases are a selection of courses which constitute a more focused study in one area of travel industry management of interest to the student. The undergraduate instructional program is committed to the development of competent management personnel for the travel industry through a curriculum that enables students to develop leadership abilities to solve problems of a dynamic industry.

The global nature of the curriculum provides insight into the role and responsibilities of the industry within state, regional, national, and world perspectives, as well as the nature of service-based enterprises, business ethics, and societal constraints. In addition, practical knowledge regarding operational aspects of the industry enables students to develop “reality skills” within the field.

Hospitality Management
The hotel and resort management emphasis is intended to provide students with the ability to apply problem-solving, decision-making techniques and critical-thinking skills to meet current and future industry challenges. Students will study the relationship of the various constituencies (customer, owner, staff) in the management and operation of hospitality businesses, including lodging and food service establishments.

Courses in this area cover the following areas: management of hotel and food & beverage establishments; food quality management; hospitality financial control; events management; principles of sales and marketing hotels and resorts with a focus on public relations; advertising, pricing and yield management; hotel facilities and design, report development and real estate; operating a commercial food-service facility either as a freestanding operation or as a part of a hotel, club, entertainment/recreation complex, or institution; and principles of quantity food production. Key concepts relating to quality assurance principles and sensory evaluation techniques as they apply to hospitality services are also covered.

Graduating seniors take a capstone course in advanced management and policy in the hospitality industry.

Click here to view a sample 4-Year Academic Plan for Hospitality Management

Tourism and Transportation Management

This emphasis focuses on strategic issues related to the tourism and transportation industries. Students can take a combination of tourism and transportation related courses or choose courses that focus on one of these two areas.

Tourism management courses cover destination management; travel distribution systems; marketing and management principles within specific types of businesses, including tour operations; and visitor attractions; socio-cultural aspects of tourism; and sustainable tourism, cultural heritage and destination management by cultural values.

In transportation management courses, students will gain an understanding of the characteristics and importance of transportation systems (both domestic and international); major transportation modes; government, promotional and regulatory activities in U.S. transportation; the role of transportation in tourism; the transportation systems that impact the economics of both Hawai‘i and the U.S.; and the management of firms in various transportation modes. Course topics include airline and airport management, government regulation and promotion, distribution and industry trends; tourist-related and urban transportation systems, surface passenger transportation systems, and international air and marine transportation; and major logistical activities. Graduating seniors in this emphasis take a capstone course on advanced tourism and transportation policy.

Click here to view a sample 4-Year Academic Plan for Tourism/Transportation Management

TIM Internship

Students must complete 800 hours of work experience in the travel industry and earn credit for TIM 100 (2 cr), TIM 200 (2 cr), and either TIM 300 (2 cr), or 400B or 400C. 

60 Credit Rule

A minimum of 60 credits of upper-division or non-introductory course work must be completed. Upper division courses have a course number of 300 or higher. Non-introductory courses are those numbered 200-299 that have a specific college level prerequisite. For example, PSY 250 is non-introductory as Psy 100 is the prerequisite. SP 251 is NOT non-introductory as it has no prerequisite.

Courses that meet these criteria that are completed as part of your other degree requirements DO count toward the 60 required credits, e.g. MATH 205, ACC 202, the second year of foreign language, all of the TIM upper division core courses, TIM major courses other than TIM 100 and TIM 101.

To complete this requirement, a number of electives must be taken. The number of elective credits any specific student will need depends on choices made in other areas, e.g. which calculus course is completed, which foreign language is selected. Generally, 9 to 15 elective credits will be required. However, the total may be as high as 23 if a waiver of the foreign language requirement is received. 

See an adviser if you are not sure how many elective credits you need.

Elective courses may be selected from any department, including TIM courses, to meet this requirement.

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