Hospitality & Tourism (HOST)

Looking for an exciting career in one of Hawaiʻi’s largest industries? 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 (CO)
Certificate of Achievement (CA)
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

*Program length depends on student placement and credit load.

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.

Contact the program coordinator, Lorelle Peros, at 984-3343 or by email at for more information.

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
Hospitality & Tourism 101(3), 150(3)
English 100(3)
Business/Communication 130 or Speech 151(3)
Hawaiian Studies 100BCD(3) – Humanities elective
All CO courses(15) plus:
Hospitality & Tourism 100(2), 152(3), 154(3)
Culinary Arts 123(5), 160(4)
Mathematics 103(3)
All CA courses(36) plus:
Hospitality & Tourism 200 or 394(2), 250(3), 270(3), 298(3)

Accounting 124 & 125*** or 201(3); and 202(3)
Hospitality & Tourism 260 or Business Law 200(3)
Economics 130(3) – Social Science elective
English 209(3)
Natural Science elective(3) – except PHYS 50

Full-time students would take courses in this sequence:

First Semester (Fall)
*HOST 101 Intro to the Hospitality Industry**
*HOST 150 Rooms Division Operations I
*HWST 100BCD Intro to Hawaiian Culture – Humanities
*BUS/COM 130 Business Communication-Oral, or
  SP 151 Personal & Public Speech
*ENG 100 Composition I
Second Semester (Spring)
*HOST 152 Rooms Division Operations II
*HOST 154 Food & Beverage Operations
*CULN 123 Culinary Basics
*CULN 160 Dining Room Service
*MGT 118 Introduction to Supervision
*HOST 100 Hospitality Internship I
Summer Session
HOST 200 Hospitality Internship II, or
  HOST 394v International Internship
*MATH 103 College Algebra
Third Semester (Fall)
HOST 250 Hospitality Sales and Marketing
HOST 270 Hospitality Management
ACC 201 Intro to Financial Accounting***
Natural Science elective
ENG 209 Business and Managerial Writing
Fourth Semester (Spring)
HOST 260 Hospitality Law,
  or BLAW 200 Business Law
HOST 298 Hospitality Capstone
ECON 130 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics
ACC 202 Managerial Accounting

*Note: Courses required for the Certificate of Achievement.
**Note: BUSN 150 or ICS 101 is a prerequisite for HOST 101 (or may be taken concurrently).
***Note: ACC 124 and 125 may be taken in lieu of ACC 201; only 3 credits will count toward degree requirements.