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New Major in Tourism, Languages and Cultures

TourismL&CimageA unique opportunity to gain cross cultural perspectives while also acquiring a solid grounding in Tourism Management.

The BA in Tourism Languages and Cultures (TLC)  is a three-year degree for those who wish to work in the general field of tourism either in New Zealand or overseas. With the growth of tourism in New Zealand and internationally, the tourism industry worldwide is seeking graduates who are multilingual and who have an understanding of the cultural needs of their guests. This qualification focuses on the skills to work with people from other cultures in tourism and related business settings, by providing the necessary language literacy and cultural understanding.  The BA Tourism, Languages and Cultures major subject provides students with a unique opportunity to gain cross-cultural perspectives while also acquiring a solid grounding in tourism management.
Students can choose to study one or more of the following languages/cultures: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Māori.  Students have the choice of a range of tourism papers, and can for example, including events or accommodation management,  or ecotourism, among other papers.  There is also space within this major for students to complement their chosen language/culture specialty with other appropriate humanities or business papers.

For more information on the  TLC degree, contact:

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Languages and Cultures component
Dr. J.-R. Hayashishita 
Dr Tangiwai Rewi  

Tourism component 
Dr Brent Lovelock

The major subject requirement for BA in Tourism, Languages and Cultures is:
100-level: TOUR 101, 102
200-level: TOUR 217, 218, 219
300-level: at least two of TOUR 301, 303, 304, 305, 306

Languages and Cultures / Te Tumu papers:
126 points including a minimum of two language acquisition papers in one particular language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Māori), and at least two further 300-level papers drawn from the offerings of the Department of Languages and Cultures and/or Te Tumu, School of Māori Pacific and Indigenous Studies *
One additional 18-point paper from either Tourism or Languages and Cultures

*Students with previous experience of a second language will be placed in language papers appropriate to their experience.