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School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

General Information

Founded 1998
M. Moshe Porat, Dean
Elizabeth H. Barber, Associate Dean
1700 N. Broad St.
Suite 412 (062-62)

Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 204-8701

Goals And Objectives
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Special Programs and/or Professional Certification
Student Association Information
Special Facilities and Programs


The baccalaureate degree program in Sport and Recreation Management is currently accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association/American Association for Leisure and Recreation (NRPA/AALR) Council on Accreditation.  In addition, the baccalaureate degree program is approved by the Sport Management Program Review Council (SMPRC), sponsored by the North American Society for Sport Management and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASSM/NASPE).

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Goals and Objectives

The total experience within the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management enables students to have an excellent fundamental education and exposure to working professionals, internships, and personalized placement services. As a result, students are given a competitive advantage in a job market projected to double in the next decade.

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management offers two undergraduate major programs: (1) Sport and Recreation Management, and (2) Tourism and Hospitality Management. The undergraduate majors are designed to prepare students for a variety of positions in the leisure service field. The focus of the undergraduate programs is to provide a broad educational foundation and to prepare students for entry into the sport and recreation management, leisure service, or tourism and hospitality occupations at the professional level.

The Sport and Recreation Management program prepares students interested in sport and recreation careers in the private/commercial sector, public recreation and park agencies, voluntary agencies, campus services, armed forces, and corporate/industrial settings. The Tourism and Hospitality Management program prepares students for entry-level to mid-level positions in tourism, hospitality, and commercial recreation. The program prepares students to work in convention and visitors' bureaus, conference centers, resorts, casinos, hotels, theme parks, theaters, and clubs throughout the United States. Both programs consist of course work in the University Core Curriculum, the School major course requirements, the supplemental electives from related disciplines, and two supervised field experiences.

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If you are applying for admission to Temple University as a freshman or transfer student, and you wish to major in Sport and Recreation Management or Tourism and Hospitality Management, you should designate the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Code 023) on your application. All freshman students are admitted initially into the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management as undeclared majors. After one year of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management core courses and careful career/academic advice from the Advising Center, students will be eligible to declare their specific major. All transfer students must seek individual program advice from the Advising Center.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Information regarding financial aid and scholarships is available from the Office of Student Financial Services. For additional information pertaining to specific scholarships within the School's disciplines, refer to the advising unit.

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Special Programs and/or Professional Certification

Honors Laptop Community Students admitted to the University Honors Program are eligible, by invitation only, to be part of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management's Honors Laptop Community. Students participate in pre-approved Fox School of Business and Management Honors courses in pursuit of a Business Minor, with the added benefit of their own University-issued laptop computer.

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Student Association Information

Professional development begins with membership to associations/organizations for all STHM students. We encourage our students to consider joining one of the following groups during their academic tenure in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. See our Advising Center for additional information. Scholarship opportunities are available within the associations for those who are active members.  See the specific association's website for details. Please be reminded that in most cases, students must be a member of the association for at least 1 year to be eligible for the available scholarships.

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) Student Association fosters relationships between our students and professionals in the Sport and Recreation Management and Tourism and Hospitality Management industries through participation in career fairs, networking, and conferences. Membership is open to all undergraduate School of Tourism and Hospitality Management majors.

Sport and Recreation Professional Association (SRPA)

Sport and Recreation Management students seeking professional connections, networking opportunities, opportunities to attend seminars and conferences related to the industry are encouraged to join. This group aspires to connect all students seeking knowledge about law, marketing, facilities, ticketing, sales, special events, college athletics, sports information, professional sports, recreation programming, minor league sports, non profit recreation, etc.

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)

Tourism and Hospitality Management students looking to embark upon exposure to the Hospitality industry should join this association.  The Philadelphia chapter has monthly meetings which are educational and a great opportunity to network with the industry professionals.

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH)

This national student association is open to all majors in STHM.  Although the association focus is primarily on the hotel side of hospitality, the organization exposes minorities to opportunities in the industry nationwide.  Temple has the primary local student chapter that is supported by the Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC) of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PCVB).

International Special Events Society (ISES)

This national association is open to all majors in STHM. During the spring of 2005, a new Philadelphia student chapter was created.  Exposure to local and national special events professionals is the highlight of this association.  Opportunity to network at the monthly meeting with established ISES members has the potential to help propel a student's professional career.

Professional Convention Managers Association (PCMA)

STHM started a new student chapter in the fall of 2004 and some of our students attended the national conference in Hawaii.  With an exciting beginning, and talented leaders of the chapter, this group is looking to expand its local and national recognition with the association. This association is open to all Tourism and Hospitality Management majors.

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)

This association is open to all Tourism and Hospitality Management students seeking to be professionally involved in technology or finance at the corporate level. There are local meetings held monthly and are open for student involvement. Scholarships are available to members of HFTP. Networking is essential and professionally profitable.

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Special Facilities and Programs

The Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) - The CSPD links classroom learning to successful career development. Our Director of Industry Relations prepares the students for the latest internship and job opportunities through counseling on résumés, cover letters, interviewing skills, and selection criteria.

STHM's National Laboratory for Tourism & eCommerce (NLTeC) - at Temple University is multi-disciplinary, multi-departmental and multi-university.  The primary mission of the National Laboratory for Tourism & eCommerce is to conduct and facilitate high quality inter- and multi-disciplinary research and development in those areas of tourism impacted by technology.  To this end, NLTeC provides a unique and powerful setting for scholars and practitioners to consider the nature and role of information technology in the tourism industry.  Research by laboratory faculty, staff and fellows includes the following areas:  advertising, business, communications, computer science, education, environmental studies, geography, marketing, management information systems, psychology, and urban and regional planning.

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