Frequently Asked Questions
Hospitality & Tourism Management
I would like to get started on my HTM 398 internship as soon as I advance into upper division status. May I enroll in this for the first semester of upper division HTM status?
There are several steps that must be taken to get you prepared for your 398 internship. It is imperative that you meet with our internship and placement Director, Christina Jeffries, at least one semester before you intend to pursue your internship so she can add you to the student internship request list. We conduct periodic internship information sessions throughout the semester; please stop by the HTM office (AH 4156) for details on when these are held. We also strongly encourage students to take HTM 301 before starting their internship. Careful, proactive planning on your part will ensure a smooth transition into your first internship.
I am currently an upper division business major and want to sign into HTM. I have completed most of the preparation for the major classes required for the major. My GPA is in alignment with your requirements. May I be signed into HTM upper division?
Please make an appointment with Christina Jeffries to discuss switching into the upper division HTM major. There are many equivalent classes and we will make a plan to get you into the upper division major as quickly as possible. Appointments can be made by calling the HTM office at 619-594-4964.
When exactly can I be signed into upper division status?
HTM Lower Division students must complete all major preparation courses designated by their catalog year, earn at least a 2.7 GPA and have earned at least 400 hours of required hospitality work experience in order to be signed into upper division. Students must meet with Ms. Jeffries the semester before their planned entry into upper division to verify they meet these requirements. Once the semester concludes in which the student has completed all of the requirements for enter upper division, they will be moved to HTM Upper Division status.
I am nearing the end of my pre-major coursework and have one lower division class left to take. Are you able to sign me into upper division HTM status so I may take this class along with upper division coursework?
No. All students must complete all lower division requirements before they are admitted into upper division status, including a letter grade of C- or better in preparation for the major classes; completion of 60 units lower division coursework; 400 hours hospitality work experience; and an overall/cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher. All lower division coursework is to be completed in full before a student is sigend into upper division status. To keep on track in your coursework, you may consider taking the remaining prepration for the major classes you need, along with the nine units of upper division general education explorations classes (required by all SDSU students). You do not need to be coded an as upper division student to enroll in these courses. To review your options, please make an appointment with Christina Jeffries by calling the Payne School Office at 619-594-4964 or making an appointment on EAB: https://sdsu.campus.eab.com/
When do I meet with an advisor and how do I make an appointment?
You should meet with an advisor every semester to be sure that you are on track. They are here to help you figure out your class schedule, navigate the necessary paperwork for each step in your academic career, and for moral support. The student advisors are available by appointment or email. To schedule an appointment, please call the HTM office (619-594-4964) or come by to sign up in person. If you have a question that can be answered via email, please contact the student advisors at email@example.com. Please bring an unofficial transcript to your appointment.
Recreation & Tourism Management
How will I fulfill the International Experience for the emphasis in Sustainable Tourism Management? Is International Experience required for all emphasis areas?
Only the Sustainable Tourism Management emphasis requires International Experience. The International Experience may be fulfilled if you engage in any one or combination of the following depending on your interests: international student exchanges, study abroad, internships, and/or professional opportunities during the Degree Program (which could include cross-U.S. border, Mexico, and/or Canada, activities). Scholarships are available for International Experience. The International Experience is also required to be course-transferable, based on student learning outcomes delineated by the program. Students may consult with the Sustainable Tourism Management emphasis advisor before pursuing International Experiences.
Field Work and Internship: What are they and how do I fulfill the requirements for each of them?
Field Work and Internships are two practicum courses required of all graduates. Each requires a significant amount of work under the guidance and supervision of a recreation and tourism professional. The primary course requisite is placement in a position in an organization in the profession. Faculty members supervise the experience and grade (credit/no credit) the students on the quality of their work and may travel anywhere in the world to complete the experience. Graduates in this major have worked in Spain, Germany, England, Iran, France, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, and all 50 of the United States. Most stay locally within San Diego County but the world is virtually available to them for completion of this academic experience.
What are some typical jobs that graduates are hired into upon graduation?
A RTM graduate can look forward to a position in the profession from the following examples: Director of Recreation, Director of Tourism, Environment Educator, Interpretive Naturalist, Outdoor Program Manager, Natural Resource Manager, Natural History Writer, Park Ranger, Athletics Supervisor, Sports Coordinator, Camp Director, Special Events Supervisor, Aquatics Director, Park Superintendent, Facilities Supervisor, Waterfront Director, Program Specialist, Boating Activities Coordinator, Programs Coordinator, Family recreation Director, Convention Planning Specialist, Recreation Marketing Coordinator, Sports Marketing Supervisor, etc.
Do I have to meet prerequisites for courses before I enroll?
Many of the upper division courses in recreation and tourism management have prerequisites that each student must meet prior to enrollment. In some special instances, course prerequisites are waived by the faculty member teaching the course for serious and compelling reasons. If you do not meet the course prerequisites but have a serious and compelling reason, please see the course’s instructor prior to enrolling.
If I declare my major today, how long before my status will change with the university?
Your Change of Major status changes as soon as you take the form to the Registrar’s Office and it is inputted into the computer (WebPortal). It is that fast and simple!
Do I have to finish all of my lower division course work before I take upper division courses?
No, but you must meet the course prerequisites if there are any. You may take lower division courses simultaneously only after consulting with your emphasis advisor. For instance, say you have IDS 180 to complete as your only remaining lower division course. You could enroll in that class and the upper division courses during the same semester depending on approval from your advisor.
Is this major impacted?
No, the RTM program is not yet impacted. All emphases are open to all students without going through the supplemental admission process. Students who declare this major are immediately accepted into the major.