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Bachelor of Science

Online BS in Hospitality Management: Travel and Tourism Management Track

Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Overview

FIU’s online undergraduate degree in Travel & Tourism Management will prepare you to excel and lead in the world’s biggest industry. Our fully online B.S. in Travel & Tourism Management program is part of FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, which is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitality management schools in the United States and has won international recognition.

Take the next step.

With your online degree from FIU, you’ll gain fast-track career advantages in the international hotel, foodservice and tourism industries. Our online curriculum is flexible, current and provides students with a solid foundation in business management, finance, logistics, accounting and operations.

At FIU Online, you’ll learn from faculty members with strong academic credentials, excellent teaching skills and extensive executive-level industry experience. We’ve designed our online undergraduate degree programs with all the support you need to thrive as a student. With 24/7 access to interactive technology, real-time feedback from faculty and the one-on-one guidance of a dedication success coach, we’re with you every step of the way.

If you want to make that leap into a hospitality career, take the first step with an undergraduate degree from FIU Online.

Why Apply?

The curriculum for this fully online program blends academic instruction with hands-on experience, including at the prestigious South Beach Wine and Food Festival, which benefits FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. For graduation, each student must have worked a minimum of 1,000 hours in the industry and completed an advanced internship of an additional 300 hours.

The program offers a comprehensive set of core requirements and practical experiences that provide a solid foundation in business management, finance, logistics, accounting, operations and more, preparing you to excel and lead in the biggest industry in the world.

Industry Statistics

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, the travel and tourism industry outperformed the global economy in 2012 – growing faster than manufacturing, retail, financial services and communications. As a result, the hospitality industry now accounts for one in 11 jobs around the world. The School's alumni hold prominent positions throughout the hotel, travel, food service and related industries.

Employment opportunities for well-qualified hospitality graduates are on the rise, especially for meeting, convention and event planners, where employment is expected to grow 44 percent through 2020 (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Courses

A total of 120 credits are required for the degree, including 60 program credits and 60 credits to meet University Core Curriculum and lower division requirements. Within the program, the 60 credits include 27 Hospitality Core credits, 21 Concentration Credits and 12 Elective credits.

Lower Division Prerequisites

The following two courses are prerequisites before starting core courses and can also be used to meet UCC (University Core Curriculum) requirements:

Microeconomics ECO 2023
This course provides an introduction to the theory and practices of contemporary microeconomics. The course will begin with a discussion on how agents deal with the fundamental problem of scarcity. The discussion will then turn to the basic concepts and tools used in microeconomic analysis.

Public Speaking SPC 2608
This course will take an academic approach to speech communication. The course will examine the basic elements of research, construction and delivery of original public presentation. By understanding what components go into a good speech, an individual will look more confident in their presentation.

Hospitality Lower Division Prerequisites

The following four courses are prerequisites before starting core courses.

Accounting for the Hospitality Industry HFT 2401
Introduction to the principles of accounting as they apply to the hospitality industry. Required for students who have not satisfactorily completed introductory accounting courses.

Hospitality Information Technology HFT 2441
Covers computer applications in the hospitality industry including information technology specific to hotel and restaurant accounting, finance, marketing, and management. Course includes hands-on laboratory assignments with a Hotel Property Management System and a Restaurant POS/back-office.

Human Resource Management for the Hospitality Industry HFT2220
An in-depth study of human resources management in hospitality industry designed to improve and advance student’s skills through understanding of both hourly and management human resource policies, practices and procedures.
Prerequisites: HFT 3203 and senior status only.

Intro to Hospitality and Tourism Management HFT 1000
A survey course providing an overview of the industry, its history, problems, and general operating procedures. Operating executives from the fields of hotel, restaurant, foodservice, travel, and tourism will be featured periodically.
For Freshman, Sophomores, or Juniors Only.

Hospitality Core Requirements

Financial Analysis in the Hospitality Industry HFT 4464
Facilitates understanding and use of financial analysis in the hospitality industry. Topics include decision-making based on ratio analysis, leverage, financing sources and other financial issues. Prerequisite: HFT 3403.

Hospitality Facilities Environmental Systems HFT 4323
A comprehensive survey of engineering, maintenance, and efficiency controls in hotels, restaurants, and institutions. Emphasizes the importance of Operations Facilities Engineering Management and the environment.
Prerequisites: HFT 3403, HFT 3453 or HFT 3457.

Hospitality Industry Law HFT 3603
Introduction to hotel, motel, and restaurant law emphasizing risk management and security. Students learn about the fundamental laws, rules, and regulations applicable to the hospitality industry through a case study approach.

Hospitality Marketing Strategy HFT 3503
Examines marketing principles, theories and concepts and the use of management principles and techniques of analysis, planning, implementation and control to maximize marketing effectiveness in hospitality organizations. Stresses marketing of services.

Introductory Commercial Food Production FSS 3230C
Study of basic and intermediate commercial food production management skills required in menu design. This knowledge will be applied in the production of appetizers, salads, main course items, and desserts.

Lodging Operations Control HFT 3453
Focuses on controlling expenses and revenues of a full-service lodging operation using qualitative and quantitative techniques. Based on using the uniform system of accounts for the lodging industry.
Prerequisite: HFT 3403.

Hospitality Analytics and Revenue Management HFT 4413
Detailed study of methods used in serving and tracking guest history and yield management in the hospitality industry. Demonstrates state-of-the-art technology and concepts.
Prerequisites: HFT 3423 and HFT 3453.

Management Accounting for the Hospitality Industry HFT 4474
Advanced study of the decision-making process involved in the hospitality industry. Emphasis on budgeting, pricing decisions, cost-volume-profit analysis and capital budgeting.
Prerequisite: HFT 3403.

Restaurant Management HFT 3263
Analysis of principal operating problems facing managers in the restaurant industry. Various control systems necessary for profitability and quality are examined.

Travel & Tourism Management Concentrations

The undergraduate program at the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management offers you the ability to concentrate in your area of interest by selecting one of six areas within the hospitality and tourism industries: Beverage Management, Culinary Management, Hotel/Lodging Management, Restaurant/Foodservice Management, Event Management, and Travel and Tourism Management.

The following courses are required for a concentration in Travel & Tourism Management

Hospitality Electives - 30 Credits
Electives can be chosen from any 3000/4000 level HFT or FSS course. If desired, students may choose any of the following six major areas to meet 18 of the 30 required elective credits.

Travel & Tourism Management Major Courses

International Travel and Tourism HFT 3713
An introduction to the international scope of travel and tourism. A brief analysis of regional framework and specific regions of the world, the interrelationship between human society and the physical environment.

Sustainable Tourism Practices HFT 3701
In-depth study of contemporary issues pertaining to tourism based on the natural environment. Explores management strategies suitable for controlling a growing industry.

Tour Production and Distribution HFT 3733
Comprehensive study of group and wholesale tour operations. Includes design, supplier negotiations and pricing aspects of tours. Examines marketing, sales and promotional techniques of the tour product.

Tourism Destination Marketing HFT 4509
Comprehensive study of strategies and advanced techniques used in marketing tourism destinations and products. Marketing plan developed.

Advanced Internship for Hospitality and Tourism HFT 4945
Hospitality/tourism work experience to provide exposure to management and training functions, job rotation tasks and/or projects not previously performed. Minimum 300 hours/ten weeks field experience.
Prerequisites: Documented completion of 1,000 hospitality related work hours of which 500 hours must be completed while enrolled at FIU. Permission of an advisor.

Senior Seminar in Hospitality Management HFT 4296
Student groups identify and research a major problem of a hospitality enterprise. Discussions will focus on problems and solutions. Final report required.
Seniors only.

Additional Courses: Two additional upper division Travel and Tourism Management courses from approved list. Discuss with an advisor.

Requirements

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.


FIU Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Steps to Apply

Freshman Students

 Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.

Transfer Students

Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International Students

In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

  • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
  • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

Program Admission Requirements

A total of 120 credit hours are required for the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.

Applicants to the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management must submit an Undergraduate Application for admission to the University and must follow the regular University admissions procedures described in the FIU Undergraduate Admissions website (click "How to Apply"). Applicants must be eligible for admission to the University before being accepted to the School.

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 500 written or
  • Or 63 ibT or IELTS of 5.0 overall is required for international applicants.

Any student who has completed two years of college (60 transferable semester hours) may apply for admission as a transfer student to the upper division program.  A minimum 2.75 GPA is required for transfer students. Students with a GPA lower than 2.75 may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Admissions will review your official transcripts for transfer credits upon submission of your application. Domestic students may enroll on either a full-time or a part-time basis; International students must enroll full-time (at least 12 credits per semester). Students with less than 60 transfer credits are subject to freshman admission criteria.

All students are required to meet the University’s core curriculum requirements prior to graduation. It is not necessary to have been previously enrolled in a hotel, restaurant or tourism program. The curriculum will provide the specialized professional education to equip the student for a career in hospitality and tourism management. Students with training in liberal arts, business, education, or technology, for example, are qualified to enroll in the program.

A maximum of 60 lower division undergraduate semester credits may be transferred from a junior or community college program. More credits may be transferred from a related upper-division program at a four-year institution.

Undergraduate applicants are advised to respect the Admissions Deadlines of the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Admission Documents

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:


Florida International University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

P.O. Box 659003

Miami, FL 33265-9003

USA



FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$638.13
TOTAL COST:
$1,276.26
TOTAL COST:
$1,914.39
TOTAL COST:
$2,552.52

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$989.31
TOTAL COST:
$1,978.62
TOTAL COST:
$2,967.93
TOTAL COST:
$3,957.24

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Diana Catalina Beltran Gonzalez
Diana Catalina Beltran Gonzalez serves as learning and delivery manager for Wyndham Hotel Group, managing mainly hotel trainings in the emerging market of Latin America and training owners and operators on the company’s culture and services. She also supports training efforts in North America and is currently focused on bridging gaps in training opportunities between the two regions. Previously, Beltran was sustainability and innovation manager for Wyndham Worldwide, Wyndham Hotel Group’s parent company, where she managed the development and implementation of sustainability based programs for Wyndham Hotel Group. In that role, she was responsible for training owners and operators on the company’s internal energy management program, which tracks, measures and manages sustainability efforts. She also oversaw certification programs and reporting requirements for owned and managed hotels. Prior to Wyndham, Beltran held various positions at the Grand Hyatt New York, including sales corporate management trainee, sustainability manager and most recently, social responsibility manager. In that role, she was responsible for leading the hotel’s sustainable, philanthropic, and volunteer and community outreach initiatives. Beltran started her career at Sofitel Miami in room operations where she became lead trainer for the front office, an intern for sales & catering and leader of the property’s first green team.

Dale Gomez
Dale Gomez is the Director, Information Technology at Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Mr. Gomez has also taken the role of Online Learning Administrator, Adjunct Instructor and Global Technology Liaison for the University.  Mr. Gomez's Information Technology experience spans over 18 years. His primary responsibilities include providing technical leadership and support in the implementation of desktop administrative computing, networking management, media services and enterprise systems for the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Mr. Gomez is Vice-Chairman of the FIU’s Information Technology Administrators Committee whose focus is the development of the computing initiatives that support University-wide technological advancements. In 2014 Mr. Gomez was named top 10 Heads of Higher Education by Tech Decisions and was awarded the 2014 BEST Integrators award for the School’s Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Lab. Mr. Gomez is a graduate of Florida International University's College of Business. Mr. Gomez earned his Master of Science in Management Information Systems in August 2006, and his Bachelor of Business Administration in August 2002.

Carolin Lusby
Dr. Carolin Lusby is an Assistant Professor at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses in tourism, research methods and leadership. She received her doctoral degree in Tourism Recreation and Sport Management from the University of Florida in 2007. Furthermore, Dr. Lusby holds a master’s degree in Tourism and the Environments from the World Leisure Center of Excellence at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Prior to beginning her career in academia, Dr. Lusby worked in the tourism industry where she found her passion for approaching touring and using tourism as a tool for personal transformation. Among others, Dr. Lusby was a youth travel guide for Europe’s biggest teen travel company, worked for a teen adventure travel company and developed skills and training in adventure and experience based learning. Ultimately, she became a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and a Ropes Course Facilitator. In her first academic teaching endeavor at California State University Long Beach, Dr. Lusby assumed the role of head of the tourism program. As a lifelong learner, Dr. Lusby became interested in the topic of sustainability and became a Green Globe certified auditor. Seeing tourism’s potential for negative impacts on people, culture and the environment, Dr. Lusby focused on sustainable development of tourism and incorporated community based tourism in her study tours. Dr. Lusby speaks German and French and firmly believes in the value of meaningful study abroad experiences to foster the development of global citizens.

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