The Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management programme is intended to address the needs of Guyana by creating a new group of graduates who (1) see tourism as a vital component to the economic success of Guyana, (2) appreciate the need for balance between tourism, sustainability, and economic development, (3) respect the historical importance of indigenous communities, and (4) value their contributions to development. The programme is unique in a number of ways. One unique feature of the programme is its emphasis on a strong general/liberal arts education. This focus is intended to help these students to see the link between other areas of study and the ways in which tourism can contribute to the achievement of national development goals. Another feature is the focus on practical experiences. Through working with entities involved in tourism planning and operations, they will bring their theoretical knowledge to assist in the processes of addressing critical issues that are likely to impact tourism and the relevant communities. As a consequence, their involvement in tourism activities will benefit from both theory and prior practical experiences.
Tourism majors will also be permitted to seek a second major or minor while enrolled in this programme. For those interested in a second major, they must first meet the requirements of the other programme. If that other programme is within the School of Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation, the students will be required to take the major courses in the other area, as well as any necessary prerequisites not covered by the tourism major. For example, a student with a double major in Tourism and another SEBI programme will be required to complete all requirements for the Tourism major as well as the major courses for the other programme and the necessary prerequisites. Classes completed as core courses for one major, which are also required for the other major, do not have to be repeated. Hence, a student in such a double major will be required to complete 18 additional credits, as one practicum will be double counted. Students seeking a double major outside of SEBI MUST apply to the other faculty for permission and meet all the requirements of that programme.
Students may also pursue a minor. Students minoring within SEBI will be required to complete 9 additional credits in the minor area, not including any prerequisites. Students minoring outside of SEBI, MUST apply to the other faculty for permission and meet all the requirements of that programme.
This programme has three goals in mind:
1. To enhance a student’s understanding of the global economy in which tourism decisions are made.
2. Facilitate the growth of the tourism industry while being cognizant of national objectives.
3. Reinforce the relationship between tourism and social development.
The programme objectives are to:
1. Prepare students to assume middle management tourism and government policy positions
2. Help students understand the elements and processes of developing an effective national tourism policy.
3. Expose students to the cyclical nature of tourism and its effects on local, national, and regional economic development.
4. Help students understand how the virtual world has impacted the tourism industry.