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School of Travel Industry Management

Undergraduate Program

Areas of Emphasis

TIM offers two areas of emphasis within the BS program: hospitality management and tourism/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 hospitality 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; operating a commercial food-service facility either as a freestanding operation or as a part of a hotel, club, entertainment/recreation complex, or institution; resort development and management of hotel facilities and design; resort development and management and quantity/quality of food productions.

Graduating seniors take a capstone course in strategic management in the travel industry.

For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.

Tourism/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, geography, and 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 government regulation and promotion, distribution and industry trends; tourist-related transportation systems, surface passenger transportation systems, and air transportation and the cruise business.

Graduating seniors take a capstone course in strategic management in the travel industry.

For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.

Student Learning Objectives for the BS Degree

TIM Student Learning Objectives for the Bachelor of Science Degree are: 1) Effective Communication–students can employ communication skills effectively to accomplish organizational and professional objectives; 2) Leadership and Teamwork–students can demonstrate leadership, students can work effectively, respectfully, professionally as a team member; 3) Critical and Creative Thinking–students can analyze situations and develop alternative options to resolve identified issue, students can select appropriate information to develop reliable, valid, and logical arguments; 4) Knowledge and Global Perspective–from a global perspective, students can explain and apply the principles of travel industry management and of hospitality, tourism, and/or transportation management; 5) Ethics and Stewardship–students can demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior, students can comprehend the importance of host cultures to the global travel industry and apply sustainable practices.

Admission Requirements

Classified UH Manoa Students

Students must meet the following criteria:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for all work attempted at UH Manoa; and
  2. Evidence of potential for success in the travel industry, including, but not limited to, (a) participation in co-curricular activities in school or in the community, (b) personal recommendations, and (c) part-time or summer work experience.

Transfer Applicants

All students with 24 or more college-level credit hours are considered transfer applicants. Qualified applicants must present the following credentials:

  1. Admissible to UH Manoa, which is a 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA for Hawai'i residents, and a 2.5 cumulative transfer GPA for non-Hawai'i residents.
  2. Evidence of potential for success in the travel industry, including, but not limited to, (a) participation in co-curricular activities in school or in the community, (b) personal recommendations, and (c) part-time or summer work experience.

Application Procedures

Application forms are available in the TIM Student Services Office for classified degree students at UH Manoa in other schools and colleges who wish to change majors. Applications must be received by May 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission. Applicants who are not currently classified degree students at UH Manoa must submit the UH system application form to the UH Manoa Office of Admissions by the published fall and spring application deadlines.

School Requirements

To earn the bachelor of science degree, students must complete the following general requirements:

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  2. Fulfill the UH Manoa General Education Core requirements (see the “Undergraduate General Education Requirements” section of this Catalog). Please consult the TIM academic advisor for information on specific requirements within the core.
  3. Complete the TIM lower division special requirements.
  4. Complete the internship program (TIM 100, 200, and 300 or 400B or 400C). This requirement should be completed before the student's final semester. Performance evaluations from employers must verify hours of work completed. At least one internship must be completed in the student's area of emphasis, and at least one internship must be completed in the U.S.
  5. Complete the upper division TIM core with a minimum GPA of 2.0. These courses should be completed during the junior year. Please consult the TIM academic advisor for specific information on these courses.
  6. Complete one of the TIM areas of emphasis with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  7. Complete all required TIM upper division core, and emphasis courses with a C- grade or higher.
  8. Complete at least 45 credit hours of upper division courses. Upper division courses are numbered 300 or higher.
  9. Complete at least 60 percent of the upper division major requirements at UH Manoa.
  10. Complete all applicable UH Manoa requirements including focus requirements.

Concurrent Degrees

TIM students may pursue a concurrent degree with another UH Manoa college or school. Applicants for concurrent degrees must have a minimum 3.25 UH Manoa cumulative GPA and submit a statement of purpose. Applicants must apply separately and be accepted to both colleges and/or schools. For more information, contact the TIM advisor.

Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

The Certificate in Sustainable Tourism is designed to provide non-TIM undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of sustainable and responsible tourism principles and practices.

Students must apply to the TIM school to be accepted to the certificate program prior to enrolling in upper-division TIM courses. Admission requirements include completion of TIM 101 with a B grade or better, completion of 54 non-TIM credits and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Certificate students are required to take 15 credits offered by the TIM school and complete the requirements for a bachelor degree in their area of study. The required courses are TIM 101 and 420. Students will select nine credits from the following courses: TIM 321, 324, 325, 369J, and 469B.

Certificate in Travel Industry Management

The certificate consists of five (5) core courses that provide basic fundamentals in travel industry management for non majors.

Students must apply to the TIM school to be accepted to the certificate program prior to enrolling in upper division TIM courses. Admission requirements include the completion of 24 college-level credits and may include other admissions requirements. The required courses are TIM 101 and four of the following five 300-level courses: TIM 302, 303, 304, 305, 306. Please contact the TIM advisor for more information.

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