Travel Specialist

Orange Coast College
2 years
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Costa Mesa

About this program

Travel Specialist

These courses have been recommended by industry to provide essential preparation to sell, operate, supervise and manage within a travel agency or as an independent contractor of travel or home based agent. Courses have been organized to provide an understanding of techniques and knowledge necessary to develop effective leadership, decision-making skills, and successful communication among all departments contributing to positive, guest sales, and travel experiences.

Complete the Travel Specialist Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog. Note: this AS degree requires a minimum of 70 units for completion.

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Admission requirements

  1. Unit Requirement - 60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. Major Requirement - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. Mathematics Requirement - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. General Education Requirement - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.

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Program content

Year 1


  • Destination Eastern Europe
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Travel and Tourism Career Development
  • Cruising and Vacation Packages


  • Destination Africa/Pacific
  • Computer Reservation Systems - SABRE
  • Homeland Security
  • Interviewing and Professional Development

Year 2


  • Passport to Success
  • Sharing the Travel Experience
  • Hospitality and Toursim Marketing
  • Leadership and Strategic Management
  • Certified Travel Associate


  • Destination the Americas
  • Tour Escorting and Group Travel
  • Luxury, Incentive, and Corporate Travel
  • Travel and Tourism Internship

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


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The outcome of this certificate of achievement is to prepare students for employment with a retail or home-based agency, independent contractor, tour operator, cruise line, adventure company, receptive operator, or tourism/convention bureau.

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Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College (OCC) is a 2-year community college located in Costa Mesa, California minutes from Disneyland Resort and California's most popular beaches. As a community college, OCC is accessible offering low-cost tuition and flexible admissions for programs leading to...

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Orange Coast College

2701 Fairview Road
92626 Costa Mesa California
United States of America

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