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Tourism and Hospitality Course Descriptions

THS 300     The Tourism & Hospitality Industry
Prereq.:  AC 211 and GEOG 290. Suggested Courses prior to THS300: GEOG120, MIS201, Law250, MGT 295 & MKT295.
Examines the nature of various segments of the tourism-hospitality industry including lodging, restaurants, meetings, conventions, and entertainment. Emphasis on issues and trends facing this industry.
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THS 410         Tourism and Hospitality Operations
Prereq.: GEOG 290 and THS 300. Suggested Courses prior to THS410: MATH105, STAT200, & FIN200. Examination of the operational dimensions of the spectrum of tourism and hospitality-oriented attractions and services. This may include topics such as gaming operations, occupancy analysis, Star reports, and tour operations.
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THS 430     Internship in Tourism and Hospitality
Prereq.:  Permission of program director. Students will work in an environment directly related to their specific interest under the guidance of a faculty member. Written reports and a supervisor evaluation are required.

THS 435     Independent Study in Tourism and Hospitality
Prereq.:  Permission of program director. Examines individually planned specific topics within the tourism/hospitality industry. Results can include detailed research paper or project paper.

THS 450     Hotel and Lodging Practicum
Prereq.:  THS 300. Combines detailed analysis of issues and trends affecting this sector of the industry with a real-world project supervised by the instructor and the host organization.

THS 455     Conventions and Meeting Planning Practicum
Prereq.:  THS 300. Combines detailed analysis of issues and trends affecting this sector of the industry with a real-world project supervised by the instructor and the host organization.
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THS 490    Topics in Tourism and Hospitality; Hospitality Human Resourse Management
Prereq.: GEOG 290 and THS 300. Analysis and evaluation of current topics and issues that confront the tourism/hospitality industry. Course may include on-site facility visits and guest lectures from the industry professionals. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.
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THS 490     Topics in Tourism and Hospitality; Food & Beverage Management
Prereq.: GEOG 290 and THS 300. Analysis and evaluation of current topics and issues that confront the tourism/hospitality industry. Course may include on-site facility visits and guest lectures from the industry professionals. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.

THS 490     Topics in Tourism and Hospitality; Art, Music & Entertainment Management
Prereq.: GEOG 290 and THS 300. Analysis and evaluation of current topics and issues that confront the tourism/hospitality industry. Course may include on-site facility visits and guest lectures from the industry professionals. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.

GEOG 290       Geography of Tourism
Physical and cultural factors affecting the locations and relative importance of recreational areas and tourist attractions both foreign and domestic. Spatial analysis of tourist flows, modes of transportation, effects on regional economies and impacts on environments.

GEOG 291       National Parks and World Heritage Sites
Examination of sustainability issues for tourism development in preserved areas. Comparative analysis of national park systems globally. Case studies of individual national parks and UNESCO world heritage sites included.

GEOG 450       Tourism Planning
Prereq.: GEOG 290 or 291 or permission of instructor or chair. Suggested courses prior to GEOG450: THS410
Integrated and sustainable development approach to tourism planning explored through lectures, seminars and case studies at the national, regional and community levels. Focus on public and private initiatives in tourism planning.

GEOG 451       Tourism Development in Southern New England
Prereq.: GEOG. 290 or 291 or permission of instructor or chair. Study of the tourism industry, including perspectives on supply, demand and socio-economic impacts. Focus on issues, problems and opportunities in tourism, including functions of state and regional tourism agencies in southern New England.

GEOG 453       Recreation and Resort Planning
Prereq.: GEOG. 290 or 291 or permission of instructor or chair. Study of the supply, location, distribution, use, planning management and impact of recreation and resort facilities in both urban and rural areas.

GEOG 454       Geography of Tourism Marketing
Prereq.: GEOG. 290 and MKT. 295 or permission of instructor or chair. Examination of geographic elements and issues within the tourism industry with a focus on how these influence the spatial aspects of tourist behavior and industry development strategies.

GEOG 455       New Directions in Tourism
Prereq.: GEOG. 290 or 291 or permission of instructor or chair. Study of contemporary forms of tourism, including ecotourism, heritage tourism, and educational travel, which have their own impacts, management and planning needs, and which differ notably from the traditions of mass tourism.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Leadership
    THS Graduates will be able to demonstrate the knowledge of fundamental principles of leadership and model the behavior of effective leaders.
  2. Team Building
    THS Graduates will be able to work with a group of people committed to a common purpose and approach for which they hold themselves accountable and, as a result, improve their collective performance
  3. Technology
    THS Graduates will be able to retrieve, create, organize, analyze, and communicate information using technology and apply relevant technologies in ways that enhance organizational performance
  4. Critical Thinking
    THS Graduates will be able to use purposeful and reflective judgment to formulate rational solutions to organizational problems and to make cogent business decisions
  5. Ethics
    THS Graduates will be able to apply the general business tenets of right, good and fair to organizational transactions, activities, and pursuits
  6. Guest Encounter Skills
    THS Graduates will be able to demonstrate the skills and behaviors required during customer involvement to analyze, judge, and act in ways that contribute to customer satisfaction
  7. Unique Characteristics of Service
    THS Graduates will be able to comprehend, synthesize, and evaluate elements of professional service management

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