Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism and Hospitality Management

Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism and Hospitality Management – Program Description

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism and Hospitality Management program is focused on preparing students to work in an economic sector of vital importance to Cambodia and of growing importance in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world, too.  Graduates will be well-positioned to take managerial roles in the hotel and tourism industries either in the government or private sector and to start their own businesses. The Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism and Hospitality Management program will prepare students with general business knowledge and skills and, in addition, the specific skills and knowledge that are essential to managers in most sectors of the modern tourism and hospitality industry.
Business education for any economic sector and the successful pursuit of a business career requires graduates to understand basic economic concepts and mathematical relationships, while at the same time being analytical and able to communicate ideas effectively through written and verbal communications.  Students in the THM program will take both generic Business courses and General Education courses which will equip them with these skills.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism and Hospitality Management program will be taking a Business degree and thus develop core competencies in each of the functional areas of business – marketing, finance, accounting and management – in order to understand the inter-relationships among these functional areas and how these relationships can impact the operation and value of an organization within the Tourism and Hospitality economic sector.

Concepts from coursework in General Education will contribute to students’ preparation for a career in tourism and hospitality by enhancing understanding of the world today and how people think and act in the global marketplace.  The professional program in Tourism and Hospitality Management focuses on the common body of knowledge in the Tourism and Hospitality sector.

Preparation for a career in today’s world requires that graduates have a broad-based education and know how to both learn and appreciate the importance of life-long learning.  Building on an understanding of the basic underpinnings of business operations, graduates are able to grasp new ideas, think analytically, communicate effectively, adapt to change, work as a member of a team, value cultural differences, develop strong ethical values and develop respect for the environment in order to work effectively in the environment in which organizations operate.

Career Opportunities

Tourism and Hospitality Managers are responsible for ensuring the smooth operations of the travel, hotel, tourist and other hospitality business operations to the satisfaction of their customers whilst complying with health, safety, environmental and other regulations and meeting high ethical standards and ensuring good returns on investment for the business owners.

Graduates find work in government, large scale companies such as hotel chains, and smaller business operations.  They may well start their own business within the tourism and hospitality sector for which opportunities abound in Cambodia.

Program Outcomes

  • Internalizes the importance of lifelong learning
    • Ability to update skills and adapt to emerging technologies
    • Ability to plan for lifelong learning
    • Recognize, structure and assimilate new knowledge as it applies to an organization
  • Demonstrates ability to analyze data, solve problems and think critically
    • Demonstrates ability to see the ‘big picture’ and the interrelationships that exist among factors affecting an outcome
    • Able to analyze situations, including the ‘status quo’ and demonstrate ability to adapt to change
    • Able to gather, organize and analyze relevant data for decision making and demonstrates ability to take decisions
  • Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively
    • Evidences effective oral communications skills
    • Evidences effective writing skills
    • Able to produce technical reports
    • Able to make effective presentations
  • Demonstrates ethical behavior, social responsibility and cultural diversity within the modern career environment
    • Demonstrates ability to work in a multi-cultural setting
    • Evidences a commitment to corporate social responsibility
    • Demonstrates personal and organizational integrity as a part of ethical behavior
  • Able to analyze and manage the interrelationships among different business functions
    • Evidences basic knowledge relating to each functional area of business
    • Demonstrates a strong knowledge of how tourism and hospitality businesses operate and the contributions made by each functional area of such businesses
    • Demonstrates ability to analyze complex problems and issues
    • Able to cite contributions of each functional area to organizational success

The major consists of 48 units.  With general education and electives, a minimum of 124 units is required.

Bachelor of Business Administration, Tourism and Hospitality Management

This is a dual degree program with Fort Hayes States University (FHSU). The FHSU award is Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management.
Program Structure
Required Total Credits (124)
General Education
THM  Major
Minor / Electives
General Education Courses (Required: 61 credits)
Students select courses from the list of General Education courses under General Education / Liberal Studies Requirement section of the Catalogue.
Tourism and Hospitality Management Major Courses (Required: 48 credits)
Course Code   Course Name
ACCT 203Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 204Principles of Accounting II
BCOM 301Business Communication
FIN 305Managerial Finance
GBUS 204Business Law
GBUS 673Food & Beverage Management
MGT 301Management Principles
MKT 301Marketing Principles
MGT 602Production and Operations Management
MGT 650Business Policy
MATH 200Business Calculus
THM 620Principles & Practices of Tourism & Hospitality Management
THM 621Tourism and Hospitality Marketing
THM 622Service Operations
THM 623Meetings, Conventions & Events Mgt
THM 624Hotel & Resort Management
THM 625International Hospitality
THM 629Internship
THM 630AIntroduction to Health & Wellness Tourism
THM 631ASpa Facility & Destination Management
THM 632AMedical Tourism
Minor / Elective Courses (Required 15 Credits)
Students choose one of the available Minors or complete 5 courses from the Electives list.  (Note 1)
Note 1:  Electives lists are available from the  Office of the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.