BSBA in Travel Industry Management

Travel Industry Management (BSBA)

Why Study TIM at HPU?

Hawai'i Pacific University is a Comprehensive University with a Global Perspective

... Preparing Students for the Hospitality Industry and Travel Industry Management (TIM)


HPU invites you to become a part of the next generation of global hospitality leaders in one of the most dynamic and diverse universities in the United States. As a university with a global perspective, HPU offers a variety of academic options, internationally respected faculty, and outstanding facilities at its Downtown Honolulu and Hawai'i Loa (located on the windward side of the island of O'ahu in Kaneohe) campuses. With a student population from all 50 states and over 100 countries around the world, students bring a wealth of experiences and perspectives to the University that uniquely enriches its learning environment. A student enrolled in the travel industry management major at HPU will experience an exchange of cultures and viewpoints changing the way he and she sees the world.

Hawai'i Pacific University places a strong emphasis of combining classroom study focusing on real industry cases and practical work experiences to prepare students for their future career. Its ideal location, at the hub of a vibrant Pacific Rim, offers numerous internships and cooperative education opportunities to prepare students in their development towards the realm of the working world.

HPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and its TIM major is a member of local, regional, and national professional organizations and associations.

The TIM Major

Hawai'i Pacific University's Travel Industry Management (TIM) major is one of the most comprehensive tourism majors in the Pacific. The sequence of hospitality undergraduate and graduate level courses provides students with a diverse and focused learning experience that develop them as travel industry professionals. The courses at both levels emphasize helping students apply theoretical concepts on solving real life problems. Skills in critical thinking and problem solving are some of the tools used in the TIM major's educational approach.

The major offers an extensive career planning and placement service in helping students prepare for their career. Students pursuing the TIM major in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree program must complete 600 hours of work experience. This experience is gained through the University's cooperative education and internship program. Students have the opportunity to gain invaluable insights and experiences toward developing and charting their future careers through this mandatory requirement.

Hawai'i is a Learning Laboratory for Hospitality and TIM Opportunities.

Few places in the world are better suited to study the hospitality industry than Hawai'i, one of the world's greatest tourist destinations. By 2010, tourism in Hawai'i is expected to show steady growth, at an average rate of 2.9% per year. With an inventory of over 70,000 hotel rooms, Hawai'i is a living laboratory of the travel field, offering opportunities in all facets of this dynamic, competitive industry.

Hawai'i Pacific University plays an active role in Hawai'i's hospitality and travel business and draws upon the following from this unique community: resources and guest lecturers, advisory council members, and student field experiences as part of a genuine partnership approach to travel education.

Program Objectives: 

The following are the overall Program Objectives that are designed to prepare students in the TIM program to be the travel industry managers of the future.

1. Competence in Communication - This objective focuses on the establishment of competency in verbal/non-verbal and written communications with an emphasis in the areas of:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and making presentations
  • Comprehension and interpretation

2. Understanding of Global Systems - This objective focuses on the creation of an understanding of customer service and profit as it relates to travel industry management in the areas of:

  • Process flow-connectivity between different systems and between the parts of an individual system
  • Dynamic relationships existing between systems and parts of a system
    • Research and data collection
    • Analysis of data
    • Synthesis of data into relevant information
    • Conversion of information into logical conclusions
    • Evaluation of alternative conclusions
    • Decision-making 
    • Customer service
    • Cultural sensitivity
    • Values
    • Trust
    • Mutual respect
    • Integrity
    • Teamwork
    • Leadership
    • Responsibility
    • Accountability
    • Adaptability
    • Initiative
    • Thoroughness
    • Doing the right thing right'
    • Mentorship

3. Competence in Research & Epistemology - This objective focuses on the establishment of competency based on hospitality industry standards in the areas of:

4. Understanding of World Cultures - This objective focuses on the creation of an understanding of and the relative importance of the following areas:

5. Demonstration of Values and Choices - This objective can refer to knowledge and/or behavioral demonstration of specific values, ability to discern and evaluate choices, as well as discipline-related demonstration of specific values.

BSBA Travel Industry Management Degree Requirements

3-Year Sample Degree Plan

4-Year Sample Degree Plan

BSBA Travel Industry Management GenEd Plan