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  Academic Programs / Tourism & Hospitality

School of Tourism & Hospitality Management

Founded 1998

M. Moshe Porat, Dean
Elizabeth H. Barber, Associate Dean
111 Speakman Hall (006-68)
1810 North 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Goals and Objectives
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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.

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Goals & 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 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, professional sports, athletics, youth sport 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 event management. The program prepares students to work in convention and visitors' bureaus, destination management organizations, conference centers, resorts, casinos, hotels, theme parks, theaters, and clubs. Both programs consist of coursework in the university's General Education (GenEd), 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 a transfer student and 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 transfer students must seek individual program advice from the Office of Student Services.

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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Information regarding financial aid and scholarships is available from the Office of Student Financial Services at www.temple.edu/sfs/. For additional information pertaining to specific scholarships within the school's disciplines, refer to the Advising Center.

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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 web site for details. Please be reminded that in most cases, students must be a member of the association for at least one year to be eligible for the available scholarships.

STHM Student Association (SA)

The mission of the STHM Student Association is to introduce new students to all STHM has to offer, especially Student Professional Organizations, and to foster relationships between students and professionals. More information can be found on the Student Association's web site.

STHM Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The focus of the STHM Graduate Student Association (GSA), is to provide STHM graduate students with opportunities related to networking, information sharing, socializing, and support.

American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. The Temple University chapter strives to set the foundation for the future hospitality careers of students through exposure and networking opportunities with industry professionals, and to open the door for students to delve into the hotel and lodging industry. Visit the student chapter web site at www.ahla-temple.com/.

Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA)

The mission of the Temple University Chapter of ATTA is to craft a fusion of the Tourism and Hospitality industry with the Sport and Recreation industry through the promotion of the International Adventure Travel industry. This is a student professional organization providing its members with the opportunity to explore the unique and exciting Adventure Travel industry, as well as to network with leading industry professionals. It is comprised of Tourism and Hospitality Management students, along with Sport and Recreation Management students.  It offers opportunities in destination, travel, exploration, recreation, leisure, and hospitality events, as well as adventure sports management. Embark on the adventure...your journey has just begun.  Visit the web site at http://tuatta.webs.com/.

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)

HSMAI.tucc is a collegiate chapter under HSMAI. Members of the HSMAI Temple University Collegiate Chapter are mainly Temple University students and alumni who are interested in the profession of sales and marketing in the hospitality and tourism industries. The organization provides opportunities for students to network with professionals, as well as other collegiate chapters at monthly meetings, annual conferences, and special events! Any Tourism and Hospitality Management student looking to embark upon exposure to the Hospitality industry should join this association! Visit the web site.

Meeting Planners International (MPI)

Temple MPI is a student professional organization in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. It is an organization that combines education and networking to assist students to succeed academically and professionally. Through fundraising, networking, and various other opportunities, it helps to create a positive name for itself as well its organization. TempleMPI feels the need to create opportunities, instead of waiting for them. Join and let it help you shape your future.  Visit the web site at http://templempi.webs.com/.

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH)

NSMH is the premier professional organization for minority hospitality students. It addresses diversity and multiculturalism, as well as the career development of its student members. Temple University NSMH exposes students to opportunities in the industry nationwide. It provides events and programs that bring together college-level students with company sponsors, industry representatives, other hospitality organizations, advisors and mentors, and hospitality high school students. Temple has the primary local student chapter that is supported by the Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC) of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PCVB). Visit the web site at www.tunsmh.com/.

Professional Convention Managers Association (PCMA)

PCMA-Professional Convention Management Association members represent about 6,000 meeting industry leaders, including corporate and independent meeting professionals, as well as industry suppliers, faculty, and students. Whether students are looking to build relationships locally or regionally, or to meet professionals in the field, there are a variety of resources, education, and networking events that open the doors to these professionals! The Temple PCMA chapter hosts a variety of events and programs.  Visit the web site!

Rho Phi Lambda Professional Honorary Fraternity

Rho Phi Lambda is a National Honorary Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Fraternity for graduate students. Rho Phi Lambda strives to recognize Sport and Recreation Management majors who have exemplified academic excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Membership in Rho Phi Lambda cultivates student professional development, through networking opportunities, scholarship eligibility, resume building, and campus and community service initiatives.

Sport and Recreation Professional Association (SRPA)

SRPA is a bridge between sport academia and the sports industry. SRPA is Temple’s original student-run organization designed specifically for Sport and Recreation Management majors. SRPA provides an excellent opportunity to network with students within the major and industry professionals through scheduled events, conferences, and semester meetings. Visit the web site.

Sport Marketing Association of Temple University (SMAT)

The purpose of the Sport Marketing Association of Temple University (SMAT) is to expose Sport and Recreation Management and Tourism and Hospitality Management majors in STHM to career professionals, particularly in the Sport Marketing industry. This is accomplished by providing networking opportunities, speakers, and volunteer opportunities to allow members to gain more knowledge about various careers in the Sport Marketing industry. Visit the web site.

Stadium Manager's Student Association (SMSA)

SMSA is a student professional organization in the stadium and arena management field located at Temple University. Its focus is on areas in the stadium management field, and its goals are to further itself and each other to become successful professionals in the field of stadium and arena management.  Visit the web site.


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Special Facilities & Programs

The Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) - The CSPD links classroom learning to successful career development. The CSPD resources offer the students 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) - NLTeC at Temple University is multi-disciplinary, multi-departmental and multi-university. The primary mission of NLTeC 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.

Sport Industry Research Center (SIRC) - SIRC provides opportunities for academics, students, and practitioners to explore the potential of sport to impact the communities within which they exist. Through a series of initiatives, SIRC attempts to conduct and disseminate research, educate and train executives, and function as a think tank and informational resource for those involved in the sport industry. Included amongst the initiatives that SIRC is involved in are: executive workshops, doctoral student training, community-based programming, event management and program consulting, and academic dissemination of cutting-edge research and managerial best practices.

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