ISHSTM Introduction

A program for you to earn the credentials you will need to begin or advance in your career in the world’s fastest-growing industry.

The Vancouver area is one of Canada’s most popular tourism destinations and as a result a location rich with career opportunities for people seeking employment in the hospitality and tourism industry. At FDU Vancouver, you can earn the educational credentials needed for a rewarding career in the hospitality industry through this specialized program offered by the university’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Program Highlights

Students completing the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies degree will be required to demonstrate proficiency in a number of subject areas and related skills. They include the following:

  • The use of basic intellectual and critical thinking skills, specifically to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to use mathematical reasoning; and to comprehend the nature, techniques and limits of the humanities, natural or physical sciences and the social and behavioral sciences.
  • The ability to learn and apply learning to the graduate’s career and life experience, requiring the capability to define problems; to use information resources such as libraries, online research tools and computers; and to analyze, synthesize and integrate knowledge, perspectives and techniques.
  • The ability to be customer focused, analytical and independent.
  • An understanding of the historic and global context of events and achievements over time as treated in subjects such as history, the arts and the humanities.
  • Mastery of a considerable body of knowledge in one subject area or a group of related subjects.

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s B.A. in Individualized Studies (BAIS) program offers a variety of ways to meet university requirements for an undergraduate degree grounded in the liberal arts. In addition to completing a traditional four year program, the BAIS Hospitality and Tourism Management program is also ideal for the student who brings a variety of traditional course work completed over a period of years at a number of institutions and a history of work and life experiences that can be equated with credit-bearing courses.

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s B.A. in Individualized Studies degree requires a completion of 120 credits. Through Pathway programs with partner colleges and transfer credit options, our program allows you to earn your bachelor’s degree faster than you ever thought possible by offering:

  • Small classes taught by academic and industry professionals
  • Field trips and International study abroad experiences for students that are interested
  • Generous transfer credit policies for  previously earned college credits graduates
  • Practical work experience opportunities
  • Pathway opportunities into FDU Vancouver’s Masters in Hospitality Management Degree

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies degree is a baccalaureate degree program structured to meet the educational needs of learners. It includes a broad general education requirement which provides a foundation in learning, communication and the development of critical thinking skills. In addition, students complete a required course specialization component to develop the learner’s knowledge base in the area of hospitality tourism industry management; and students are able to broaden their understanding in both hospitality and tourism industry and other areas through a selection of free elective options.

The minimum requirements for the baccalaureate degree are as follows:

  • completion of a minimum of 120 credits
  • cumulative grade point ratio of 2.00
  • cumulative grade point ratio of 2.00 in the upper-level courses completed at FDU
  • upper-level credit courses: of the courses completed at FDU 24 credits (eight courses) must be upper-level
  • a grade of C or better in all seven HRTM Specialization courses
  • at least 30 credits, normally the last 30, must be completed at FDU
  • residency requirement/time limit on degree completion as explained below

A transfer student may transfer credit achieved through either formal course work or through proficiency examination to the extent that the credits transferred do not circumvent existing university policy requiring a minimum of 30 credits in residence, including at least 50 percent of the credits required for upper-level course selections to be taken at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Any course work completed more than ten years before the projected date of awarding the degree (including work for which credit is transferred from another college) shall be evaluated for its currency by the appropriate department. Where it is deemed appropriate, the department will recommend courses to familiarize the student with more recent developments.


The Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies degree is a 120 credit baccalaureate degree program.

  • Communication, Mathematics and Computer Requirements: 18 Credits
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements: 24 Credits
  • University Core Requirement: 8 Credits
  • International Perspective Requirement: 6 Credits
  • Hospitality and Tourism Specialized Studies Requirements: 21 Credits
  • Electives: 43 Credits
    • Hospitality/Tourism Electives: at least 22 Credits
    • Business Electives remainder: 0 – 21 Credits

Communication, Mathematics and Computer Requirements: 18 Credits (6 Courses)

The ability to use the English language orally and in writing, the ability to understand and use basic mathematical symbols, and the mastery of basic computer skills are required of all students in the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies program.


  • Writing: minimum of 9 credits (3 courses)
    Any combination of freshman writing and advanced-level writing courses or their equivalents at other institutions. At least one advanced-level writing course must be taken at FDU. (Courses labeled Fundamentals of Composition are considered pre-college level and do not count toward meeting degree requirements.)
  • Oral Communication: 3 credits (1 course)
    Three credits in a course substantially concerned with public speaking, oral, written and/or professional communication/presentations
  • Quantitative Analysis: 6 credits (2 courses)
    Three of the six credits must be in a college-level mathematics course. The other three credits can be from a second mathematics course or from a statistics, logic, computer science, computer technology, or other courses that requires substantial quantitative analysis.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements: 24 Credits (8 Courses)

A breadth and depth of study in the following areas are required of all degree candidates:

  • Art and culture
  • Humanities
  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Scientific analysis

Students will be exposed to artistic, cultural, social, scientific, aesthetic, moral, and religious ideas, the purpose of which is to gain insight into how the concerns of people are interrelated, how knowledge has been accumulated, and how unsolved problems remain a challenge to humanity.


  • Art and Culture: 6 credits (2 courses)
    Six credits from any combination of studio, performing or creative arts or global studies/culture including, but not limited to, computer animation, photography, creative writing, dance, film production, globalization, culture and identity, world literature. Courses may be from the same discipline/category.
  • Humanities: 6 credits (2 courses)
    Six credits in any combination of courses in history, literature, philosophy, art history, film (not filmmaking). Courses may be in the same discipline; at least three credits must be at the 2000 level or above.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits (2 courses)
    Six credits from any combination of courses in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, criminology, geography, political science, sociology) or behavioral sciences (psychology or communication studies). Courses may be in the same discipline; at least three credits must be at the 2000 level or above.
  • Scientific Analysis: 6 credits (2 courses)
    Six credits in course work from biology, chemistry, physics, environmental/earth/planetary sciences and/or other courses that requires substantial scientific analysis. Courses need not be from the same scientific discipline. At least one course must have a laboratory requirement.

University Core Requirement: 12 Credits (4 Courses)

Fairleigh Dickinson University requires all students to complete a common University Core curriculum. Eight credits of University Core courses are required:

Required courses:

  • UNIV1001 – Transitioning to College Life [Waived for transfer students with 30 or more credits (plus 2 additional FE transfer credits if room)]
  • UNIV1002 – Preparing for Professional Life [Waived for transfer students with 45 or more credits (plus 2 additional FE transfer credits if room)]
  • UNIV2001 – Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • UNIV2002 – Global Issues

International Perspective and Ethics Requirement: 6 Credits (2 Course)

The world is no longer composed of countries that are isolated from each other. Economic, political, and cultural independence has been replaced by interdependence. In the current global economy, knowledge of other countries is essential. This requirement may be met through one of a variety of designated courses from the following disciplines:

International Perspective

  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Literature
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Ethics and Moral Analysis

Three credits in a course from any discipline that is substantially concerned with ethical theories and questions such as a course in philosophy, religion or a course with “ethics” in its title.

Specialized Studies Core Courses: 21 Credits

The Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies, in addition to providing certain skills and broad exposure to the major bodies of knowledge, also allows the opportunity to pursue a single area of study in-depth or any other combination of courses that fit into an individualized cohesive course of study, including appropriate certificate programs. The Hospitality and Tourism Management specialization requires the following 7 core courses

  • HRTM 2210 – Sales & Marketing for Hospitality 3 Credits
  • HRTM 2211 – Accounting for Hospitality Managers 3 Credits
  • HRTM 3203 – Food and Beverage Management 3 Credits
  • HRTM 3208 – Financial Management/Hosp Industry 3 Credits
  • HRTM 3209 – Human Resource Management 3 Credits
  • HRTM 3207 – Lodging Management/Rev Management 3 Credits
  • HRTM 4204 – Property Management 3 Credits

Electives: 43 Credits

Students in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Specialization must take a minimum of 43 free elective credits. Students must take at least 22 free elective credits in HRTM. The remainder (up to 21 credits) may be from courses in any other area. Students are encouraged to complete three practical work experience terms HRTM 1100, 2100 and 3100, which are one credit each and additionally are strongly encouraged to complete the following courses:

  • HRTM 2260 – Event Management 3 Credits
  • HRTM 4280 – Domestic and International Tourism 3 Credits

Other elective options may include the following courses. Not all options are available every semester and the below list is not exhaustive:

  • ACCT 2021 – Accounting Principles I 3 credits
  • ACCT 2022 – Intro to Managerial Accounting  3 credits
  • BUSI 2450 – Business Dynamics   3 credits
  • ECON 2001 – Intro to Microeconomics   3 credits
  • MGMT 1110 – Business in a Global Society  3 credits
  • MGMT 2261 – Human Motivation & Behavior 3 credits
  • MGMT 2600 – Organizational Behaviour 3 credits
  • MGMT 3371 – Concepts of International Mgmt 3 credits
  • MKTG 3371 – Principles of International Mktg 3 credits
  • MKTG 4365 – Marketing Communications 3 credits
  • HRTM 2230 – Intro to Study of Wine 3 credits
  • HRTM 2233 – Quantity Food Production 3 credits
  • HRTM 2250 – Casino Management 3 credits
  • HRTM 2260 – Events Management 3 credits
  • HRTM 3108 – Nutrition/Sanitation and Safety 3 credits
  • HRTM 4108 – Global Issues in Hospitality Management 3 credits


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