Undergraduate Program

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.


TIM Bachelor Degree Program Worksheet


TIM Program Learning Outcomes

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 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 designs; resort development and management and quantity/quality of food productions.


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


4-Year Academic Plan for Hospitality Management (Sample)

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, 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 in this emphasis take a capstone course on advanced tourism and transportation policy.


4-Year Academic Plan for Tourism/Transportation Management (Sample)

TIM Internship

Students must 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 US.


Academic Advising

Advisors assist students with the selection of courses appropriate to their career goals, identifying career goals that are appropriate to their interests, understanding UH Mānoa policies and procedures, and identifying co-curricular activities and/or work experiences to help them develop skills and abilities outside the classroom.


Mandatory academic advising is required for all freshmen, sophomores, and new transfer students. All students are encouraged to see an advisor at regular intervals to plan for graduation in a timely manner.


Seniors must complete a graduation check and file a diploma application prior to their final semester. Individual advising session for graduating seniors are held and announced each semester.


For more information or to make an appointment to see an advisor, call the TIM Office at (808) 956-8946 or email.