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2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog

Tourism, Hospitality, and Outdoor Recreation (THOR) Minor


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The Tourism, Hospitality, and Outdoor Recreation (THOR) 18 credit multicampus minor offers students a broader understanding of the state of Maine as a whole in the contexts of tourism, hospitality and outdoor recreation, through hands-on learning, connections with workforce leaders, and comprehensive exploration of the cultural, historical, scientific and economic framework of this unique world-class travel destination.

Through completion of the minor, students will:

  • Identify how the tourism, hospitality, and outdoor recreation industries intersect to play a critical role in supporting Maine’s economy 
  • Develop an understanding the diverse economic, environmental, and social challenges, opportunities, and trade-offs related to the THOR industries, particularly in Maine 
  • Understand the importance of how business environment, recreation opportunities, seasonality, hospitality and lodging infrastructure, and supply of other tourist attractions all contribute to the complexity of the THOR industries

Students have the opportunity to complete this minor by selecting classes across multiple institutions within the University of Maine System.

Requirements


Students must complete:

  • One 3 credit foundational course in Outdoor Recreation (course options outlined below in Table 1)
  • One 3 credit foundational course in Tourism Management (course options outlined below in Table 2)
  • One 3 credit foundational course in Hospitality Management (course options outlined below in Table 3)
  • The remaining 9 credits can be fulfilled through a combination of electives in tourism, hospitality, and outdoor recreation, allowing students the ability to curate their minor towards their professional pursuits. Elective courses may be selected from a large list of class offerings (over 100) across the University of Maine System. To view available courses, please visit the THOR Institute website.

No more than 1/3 of courses towards the THOR minor can come from the student’s academic major/other minor.

Course Options


Table 1 - Introduction to Outdoor Recreation Courses


Select one 3 credit class from the list below:

Table 2 - Tourism Management Courses


Select one 3 credit class from the list below:

Table 3 - Introduction to Hospitality Management Courses


  • BUS 222 - Hospitality Management Credits: 4, UMF
  • TAH 221 - Hospitality Management Credits: 3, USM 

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