International Studies Certificate, Tourism Concentration

Contact: Kelly Burke, Ph.D.
Email: kellyb@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 932-7248

49–52 semester hours

The International Studies Certificate integrates a wide variety of existing courses into a cohesive whole focusing on international issues. This program of study is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in the new world system—a world system in which nongovernmental actors are proliferating, global communications networks multiplying, world travel expanding, and in which states are becoming increasingly interdependent. The Certificate is particularly useful for students pursuing careers in the Foreign Service, international institutions, nongovernmental international organizations, international business, and tourism. The International Studies Certificate aims both to ready students for careers in the new world system and to foster global understanding.

The International Studies Certificate requires two years of a foreign language with prerequisite preparation in General Education courses that emphasize world geography and culture. The core courses, also at the lower-division level, emphasize international political and economic structures and interrelationships. The student then chooses an area for concentrated study. Students can either choose to concentrate in the area of Tourism or in the area of International Relations (see listing under Political Science for International Relations Concentration Option). The concentrations are comprised of upper-division courses, which consider issues in a global context and stress cross-national understanding. The Certificate is notable for having a capstone seminar study or study abroad feature providing hands-on experience for the student.

The Tourism Concentration Option is intended to familiarize students with international travel and tourism in terms of the tourists themselves, their service providers, and the government policies that can facilitate or create barriers for travel or for tourism development. An interdisciplinary approach informs consideration of the economic, environmental, social and cultural aspects of international tourism. This option allows students to examine tourism from a broad policy perspective or from an enterprise perspective. It is useful for students pursuing careers in tourism hospitality businesses or other tourism-related enterprises and in governmental tourism-related organizations.

  1. General Education Co-Requisites (12 credits):
    • Select four courses from:
      • ANTH 100 Cultural Anth (3)
      • GEOG 102 World Regional Geography (3)
      • GEOG 103 Geog And Contemp Soc (3)
      • HIST 151 World History to 1500 (3)
      • HIST 152 World History since 1500 (3)
  2. Program Requirements (22 credits):
    • First year language (8 credits)
    • Second year language (8 credits)
    • Core courses (6 credits):
      • POLS 242 Intro To World Politics (3) or POLS 251 Intro to Comparative Politics (3)
      • ECON 210 Intro To Global Economy (3)
  3. Tourism Concentration Option (12 credits):
    • TOUR 317 Mkt & Mgt Of Travel & Tourism (3)
    • TOUR 320 Tourism Economics (3)
    • TOUR 340 Interntl Travel & Tourism Plcy (3)
    • and select one course from the following:
      • ANTH 323 Cultural & Social Change (3)
      • ECON 310 Economic Development (3)
      • ECON 360 International Trade & Welfare (3)
      • ECON 380 Natural Resource Env Eco (3)
      • GEOG 340 Intro to Land Use Planning (3)
      • MKT 310 Princ of Marketing (3)
      • MGT 333 International Business Mgt (3)
      • POLS 335 Envir Politics & Policy (3)
  4. Capstone Experience (3–6 hours): See advisor for options.