Students in Ike Lea
Associate in Applied Science

Hospitality and Tourism

Kaaike Building Lobby with Students

Program Overview

2 Years 65 Credits
The Hospitality & Tourism Program at UH Maui College prepares students for leadership positions in the hospitality industry. The program is organized around core courses focusing on various aspects of the hospitality industry, while incorporating business and general education courses to broaden students’ backgrounds. Graduates are successfully employed in resorts and hotels all over the world.
Certificate of Competence (15 Credits) and Certificate of Achievement (36 Credits) also available.

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HOST

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Request more information about this program or contact the Program Coordinator to learn more:

Lorelle Peros
808-984-3343
lorelle@hawaii.edu

Course Schedules

View a month-by-month schedule of courses, as well as descriptions for each.

Scholarships

View our current scholarship opportunities. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Academic Counseling

Wayne Aguiran
Hookipa Building
waguiran@hawaii.edu
Appointments: 808.984.3306
Direct: 808.984.3327

Program Information

The mission of the Hospitality & Tourism program is to provide to a diverse community of lifelong learners educational opportunities that focus on student engagement and skills essential for successful employment in leadership positions in the hospitality industry. Hospitality & Tourism is a career ladder program that moves progressively from the 15-credit Certificate of Competence to the 35-credit Certificate of Achievement, culminating with the 64-credit Associate in Applied Science degree. The CA and AAS track requires completion of an internship, which enables students to gain practical on-the-job training. The program is organized with a core of courses focusing on various aspects of the hotel industry, enveloped by a variety of business and general education courses designed to broaden the students’ background and enhance employability.

Students may earn certification provided by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) in selected Hospitality & Tourism courses. Specific HOST courses are articulated to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, as well as to other community colleges in the University of Hawai‘i system. Majors are required to meet with the program coordinator or counselors early in their studies for academic advising. The following prerequisites are required of students entering the HOST program: a) CULN 112 with grade C or better; b) ENG 22 with grade C or better, or placement at ENG 100; c) MATH 82 with grade C or better or placement in MATH 103; and d) BUSN 150 or ICS 101. A grade C or better is required in HOST for the CO, CA, and AAS degree. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required.

Upon successful completion of the HOST Program, the student should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate the key functions required to successfully manage and lead a hospitality organization (i.e. planning, organizing, coordinating, staffing, supervising, financial analysis, sales/marketing, etc.).
      • Create, interpret, and analyze budgets and other operational reports (using a spreadsheet program such as Excel) to make recommendations and decisions to improve organizational performance
      • Communicate effectively with diverse populations using visual, written, and oral skills required of daily activities in hospitality operations
      • Develop and manage a work schedule
      • Prepare and analyze financial statements
      • Develop, use, and update procedures, criteria, and recommendations for equipment and supplies used in daily hospitality operations
      • Follow and develop standards of operation (SOP) for safety/security in the hospitality industry
      • Apply the principles of human resource management within the context of industry and organizational standards
      • Identify levels of proficiency required for employment in the hospitality industry
      • Communicate host culture knowledge
      • Work independently and interdependently in a team setting
      • Demonstrate leadership skills in team assignments
    2. Apply critical thinking skills and decision-making skills when analyzing hospitality related issues.
      • Assess a workplace issue, identify business strategies, develop plans for implementation, and evaluate implications of decisions
      • Analyze information and apply quantitative reasoning methods appropriately to solve problems
      • Analyze internal and external factors that influence the hospitality industry
      • Describe the interrelationships of hospitality-related service industries
      • Assess, interpret, analyze, and evaluate information using current technology (hardware and software) to make recommendations and solve issues in the hospitality and tourism environment