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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, as well as event management enterprises.

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.

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.; supply chain management; 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/.

Program Learning Objectives for the BS Degree

  1. Knowledge and Global Perspective
    Identify and demonstrate skills relevant to the operational areas of hospitality and tourism management.
  2. Effective Communication
    a. Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
    b. Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  3. Leadership and Teamwork
    a. Demonstrate effective leadership skills, or traits of a leader.
    b. Work productively, respectfully, and professionally as a team member.
  4. Critical Thinking
    a. Analyze situations and develop alternative options to resolve identified issues.
    b. Synthesize appropriate information to develop reliable, valid, and logical arguments.
  5. Ethics and Stewardship
    a. Apply ethical behavior.
    b. Evaluate the importance of host cultures to the global hospitality industry and utilize sustainable practices.

Admission Requirements

Classified UH Manoa Students

Applications are available at the TIM office in George Hall 346. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for all work attempted at UH Manoa.

Transfer Applicants

Students attending other academic institutions must be admissible to UH Manoa with a 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA for Hawai‘i residents and a 2.5 cumulative transfer GPA for non-Hawai‘i residents, and 24 transferable college-level credits.

Transfer Credits Policy

Please refer to the UH Manoa Policy for Transfer Credits. Access: manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/undergrad/policies.html#credits.

Definition: Transfer credits are credits received for previous courses completed at another institution of higher education that articulate with UH Manoa courses.

Eligibility: Declared majors may request an evaluation of credits taken at other institutions of higher education through the Office of Admissions and Office of the Registrar.

All students are reminded that:

  • A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at UH Manoa.
  • All courses at the TIM school that are designated at the “upper division” (300/400 level) cannot be satisfied with a course transferred from a two-year school.
  • A minimum of 36 upper division TIM credits must be taken at the TIM school.

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 March 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 requirements:

  1. Fulfill the UH Manoa General Education Foundation Requirements: (12 credits)
    a. One course in Written Communication FW: ENG 100, 100A, 190 or ESL 100 or AMST 111.
    b. One course in Symbolic Reasoning FS: BUS 250, NREM 203, MATH 203, 215, 241, or 251A.
    c. Two courses in Global and Multi-Cultural Perspectives (FG): TIM 102 for FGB and one course designated FGA or FGC
  2. Fulfill the UH Manoa General Education Diversification Requirements: (16-19 credits)
    a. Two Arts/Humanities/Literature courses:
    1. COMG 151 or 251 for DA.
    2. Any course designated Literature DL. or designated Humanities DH
    b. Three Natural Sciences courses:
    1. Any course designated Biological DB.
    2. Any course designated Physical DP.
    3. Any course designated Lab DY.
    c. Two Social Sciences courses
    1. ECON 130.
    2. Any course designated DS other than ECON.
  3. Fulfill the UH Manoa General Education Hawaiian or Second Language (HSL) Requirements. (12-16 credits) TIM requires that students achieve second-year proficiency. See the TIM advisor for information on waivers or earning up to 16 back credits.
  4. Fulfill the UH Manoa General Education Focus Requirements. See the “Undergraduate General Education Requirements” section.
  5. Complete the TIM lower division special requirements (13 credits): TIM 101, ACC 201, ACC 202, and ICS 101.
  6. Complete the internship program, (TIM 100, 200, and 300 or 400B or 400C), including 800 hours with at least one internship in the student’s area of emphasis and one in the U.S.;
  7. Complete the TIM upper division core courses (21 credits):
    a. Statistics (BUS 310, ECON 321, NREM 310 or SOCS 225).
    b. With grades of C- or higher: TIM 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306. Statistics and TIM 302 must be completed during the first semester the student is eligible.
  8. Complete one of the TIM areas of emphasis with grades of C- or higher for each course:
    a. Hospitality Emphasis (21 credits): TIM 313, 314, 333,
    431, 401 or 403, one hospitality elective, and one
    Tourism/Transportation course.
    b. Tourism/Transportation Emphasis (21 credits): TIM 350; one of (TIM 321, 324, 420 or 425); 431; three Tourism/Transportation electives; and one hospitality course.
  9. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  10. Complete at least 45 credits of upper division course work
    numbered 300 or higher.
  11. Complete at least 36 upper division credits in TIM.

For more information, please refer to the TIM Program Requirements Sheet and the UH Manoa Catalog course descriptions.

Multiple Majors and/or Degrees

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

Certificate in Travel Industry Management

The certificate consists of 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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