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Rich Harrill, Acting Director
The School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management offers a program leading to the Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management (M.I.H.T.M.). The M.I.H.T.M. is a professional program designed to prepare students for advanced careers in the hospitality and tourism field. Students best suited for the program are career-directed individuals with previous management experience who are seeking advancement to upper-level management positions or taking advantage of emerging opportunities in resort and club management, tourism marketing, hospitality education, hospitality tourism and research, and consulting. Selected courses in the International Hospitality and Tourism Management curriculum may be used for teacher recertification in the areas of marketing, hospitality and tourism, or home economics education. Students choose from one of two tracks, either the academic track or the professional track. The associate credit hours are a minimum of 36 hours.
The M.I.H.T.M. curriculum consists of 36 semester hours of graduate credit in approved courses. Students may choose either a professional (nonthesis) or academic (thesis) option.
Students choosing to enroll in the professional option must complete the 21 credit hours of required courses listed below and at least 15 credit hours of elective course work, pass a comprehensive written examination upon completion of all course work, and complete a work experience requirement that includes participation in management decision-making in a hospitality or tourism business environment.
Students choosing to enroll in the thesis option must complete 21 credit hours of required courses listed below–including 6 credit hours of thesis preparation (HRTM 799) and at least 15 hours of elective course work and prepare and successfully defend a thesis.
2017-2018 Graduate Studies Bulletin
International Hospitality and Tourism Management, M.I.H.T.M.
The M.I.H.T.M. program provides a comprehensive study of the many facets of international hospitality and tourism management. Students receive thorough training in the major functional areas of multinational organizations, with an emphasis on professionalism and sophistication in decision making. Flexibility both in curriculum and in degree requirements allows students to design a program of study tailored to their career goals.
Degree Requirements (36 Hours)
Professional (Nonthesis) Option (36 Hours)
Students choosing to enroll in the professional option must complete the 24 credit hours of required courses listed below and at least 12 credit hours of elective course work, pass a comprehensive written examination upon completion of all course work, and complete a work experience requirement that includes participation in management decision-making in a hospitality or tourism business environment.
Required courses for the Professional Option (24 Hours)
Academic (Thesis) Option (36 Hours)
Students choosing to enroll in the thesis option must complete 24 credit hours of required courses listed below–including 6 credit hours of thesis preparation (HRTM 799) and at least 12 hours of elective course work and prepare and successfully defend a thesis.
Required courses for the Academic Option (24 Hours)
JUSTIFICATION FOR HRTM 740
Service as a proportion of economic activity continues to grow, with 80% of economic output and employment in many countries categorized in the service sector. Similarly - driven by increased leisure time, globalization, reduced travel costs and an ageing population - the service-intensive hospitality industry has seen corresponding growing demand. As the importance of service continues to grow, future hospitality leaders will need to possess a stronger understanding of the principles, concepts and applications of managing the service environment within organizations.
As per instructions.
Learning outcomes must be stated with action verbs. Understand is not an action verb.
Simply this section by only stating once that students will:
As best I can tell (there appear to be confusing formatting issues with this submission), the change proposed is to add HRTM 740 to the list of options. This is also the opportunity to address the SACSCOC expectation for Learning Outcomes to be stated with Action Verbs, as Drue has suggested. Please Consider:
Program Learning Outcomes
As a result of successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
Maybe I'm missing something, but there is (as far as I can tell) no "international"-specific courses or learning objectives in this program. I do not mean to be nitpicky, but I see no rationale for this program's designation as a Master's of International Hospitality and Tourism Management. At least there should be recognition that USC students enrolled in the program should be expected to develop some level of cultural competency re: international cultural norms, tourism management in emerging countries, human resource management in culturally diverse settings, etc.
The program - as constructed and presented - seems to be operating within a first-world-centric tourism paradigm. Consequently, there is no "international" focus or coursework. If this is not something our committee should address, fine. However, having worked and lived internationally, culturally competency is hugely important.
Please review your Progam Learning Outcomes with OIRAA through their Assessment Plan Composer. Proposal is moving forward.
Add course-Minor revisions. No BOT, CHE, or SACS notification required.
This update will appear in the 2018-19 Graduate Studies Bulletin to be published 15 February 2018.