Concentration: International Business

Overview

International Business

The International Business program offers the skills needed to succeed in today’s global business environment.  The two areas of study within the concentration are International Business, which provides a broad perspective of the traditional business functions within a global framework and Logistics, which offers a detailed look at supply chain management and distribution. 

Career opportunities

Careers in Export, Import, Freight-forwarding, Logistics, Supply-chain management and more!

  • Learn the fundamentals of all necessary business functions from a global perspective.
  • Start your career at a multinational corporation or as an entrepreneur serving foreign markets.
  • Continue your education and earn the designation of Certified Global Business Professional.
  • Start your career in any business with a focus on moving goods across the world, whether it be importing or exporting. 
  • Work in the areas of Logistics & Supply Chain Management, two of the most important skill areas for 21st century businesses.
     

Degrees & Certificates

Explore the degrees and certificates offered by International Business Program.

REQUIRED COURSES – AA & Certificates
 

Associate in Arts Degree (AA), Business: International Business

Plan Code: 1151 – The Associate Degree in Business: International Business consists of the prescribed GE requirements, as well as the required international business coursework. Students earning this Associate Degree may be prepared to 1) transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting institution in the field of their concentration and/ or 2) enter into the workforce at an entry-level position relating to their field of emphasis.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Ensure that 85% of all courses meet or exceed their outcome/assessment goals and develop appropriate action plans for continuous improvement.
  • Develop strategies throughout all International Business courses to enhance the development of our students’ critical-thinking skills: their ability to reason, ask appropriate questions, make strong decision and communicate/collaborate effectively and efficiently.
  • Improve the levels of success and retention for students of the International Business program.

Certificate of Achievement, Business: International Business

Plan Code: 3151 – The Certificate of Achievement in International Business will prepare a student for advancement into business school at a baccalaureate-degree granting institution and/or for an entry-level position in a small/ medium-sized business involved in international trade and logistics.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Business: Foundations of International Business

Plan Code: 4151 – The Certificate of Accomplishment in Business: Foundations of International Business may prepare a student to continue toward the attainment of an Associate Degree and/or for an entry-level position in a small/medium-sized business involved in international trade and logistics.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Business: Foundations of Logistics

Plan Code: 4127 – The Certificate of Accomplishment may prepare a student to continue toward the attainment of an Associate Degree and/or for an entry-level position in a small/medium-sized business involved in international trade, logistics and supply-chain management.

Course offerings

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Course Name   Fall   Winter Spring Summer

GBUS 5
Introduction to Business

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ACCTG 1A
Principles of Accounting

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ACCTG 200A
Introduction to Accounting

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LAW 18A
Business Law

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IBUS 1
Intro to International Business

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IBUS 20
Export-Import Business Practice

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IBUS 60
International Business Law

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IBUS 75
Introduction to Logistics

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IBUS 52
Intro to Supply Chain Management

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Course Descriptions

IN OUR OWN WORDS – Course reflection written by LBCC faculties to provide students insight about our Business classes.


GBUS 5 – INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS

Are you unsure about choosing a major? Are you unsure about what concentration to choose within the Business major?  Take this course first, because you will get a detailed view of all the primary functions of the business environment and how they should dovetail with each other to build business success.  Accounting? General Business? International Business? Management? Marketing?  What you learn from this course will help you to decide whether or not to choose business as a major or, if you have already chosen business as a major, what concentration you should pursue.   

And even if you just want to learn more about the business world in order to understand what’s happening all around you, this is the best place to start.

ACCTG 1A – PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I

This is a fast-paced, directly transferrable course that will introduce you to financial accounting.  During the first five weeks, you will learn the bookkeeping skills necessary to record basic business transactions and prepare three of the four financial statements (balance sheet, statement of income, statement of retained earnings) that are required for companies reporting under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  In the following weeks, we study accounts in detail and understand more complex transactions and journal entries.  Throughout the course, we gain a better knowledge of financial statements.  The last chapter of the course covers the statement of cash flows, which is often considered to be one of the most important of the financial statements.

The course objectives are as follows:

  1. For students to understand the course material presented in the textbook.
  2. To prepare students for upper-division courses in financial accounting.
  3. To challenge students to use basic principles to solve complex transactions.
  4. To relate the textbook and new student knowledge to current business practices.

Some students who become interested in the material will find themselves considering a major and career in accounting.

ACCTG 200A – INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING

Introductory Accounting is the class to take if you want to increase your chances of being successful in ACCTG 1A or want to understand the principles of financial accounting without the added difficulty of debits & credits or journals & ledgers. The course is designed for the General Business major. Whether you are the business owner or a manager in a business, your ability to interpret financial information is critical to success.

The course covers most of the topics found in ACCTG 1A but in an increase/decrease format that a businessperson can understand more easily. Though the depth of coverage of some topics is a little deeper in ACCTG 1A, the level and pace is perfect for the General Business major.

If you are considering getting an Associate Degree or Certificate in Business Administration, ACCTG 200A is a core requirement.

LAW 18A – BUSINESS LAW

Law is of interest to all persons, not just lawyers. Those entering the world of business will find themselves subject to numerous laws and government regulations. A basic knowledge of these laws and regulations is beneficial—if not essential—to anyone contemplating a successful career in the business world of today.

In an effort to ensure students a fundamental knowledge of the tenets of business law, this course has been segmented into five different learning units. The first unit offers students an introduction to the nature of law, the types of courts and court procedures.  The second unit explores business torts as well as product and strict liability. The third unit emphasizes the nature and classification of contracts, specifically exploring the creation, termination and remedies of contract law. The fourth unit explores the law of sales and leases and internet law. The fifth and final unit of instruction offers students an understanding of the different types of negotiable instruments, the parties, the methods of transfer, and the rights of holders and defenses to these instruments. 

IBUS 1 – INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

In an interconnected world, an understanding of international business is imperative even for those who never plan to leave the United States.  Introduction to International Business can provide a foundation for those planning to focus on other aspects of business.  Alternatively, it can be used as an entry point into a concentration or certificate in International Business.  Topics we will cover include economic variables, cultural differences, political risk, regional trade agreements, foreign direct investment, and exchange rates.  You will have the opportunity to apply those topics and more in completing an in-depth evaluation of a potential foreign market as part of an export plan.  

IBUS 20 – EXPORT-IMPORT BUSINESS PRACTICES

Less than 5% of the world’s population lives in the United States!  Why should you limit your marketing or your sourcing to such a tiny fraction of the globe?  In Export-Import Business Practices, you will explore the ins and outs of both importing products and services into the United States and exporting products to foreign markets.  Specific topics we will cover include customs brokerage, financing, currency exchange, letters of credit, terms of access and trade patterns between countries.   

IBUS 52 – INTRODUCTION TO SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

What is one of the fastest growing careers in the world? What is one of the key reasons for Walmart’s success? It may surprise you that both questions have the same answer – Supply Chain Management! Moving goods and services through the supply chain successfully in a cost-efficient manner is imperative for business success. Consequently, the demand for supply chain professionals has skyrocketed. In this course, you will explore alternative modes of transportation, systems, rates, services and regulations in global transport including ocean, air, and surface carriers and systems. You will gain practical skills and techniques utilized to successfully market on an international basis.

IBUS 60 – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW

The primary goal of this course to help each student become aware, manage and reduce the risks associated with international legal business transactions. In order to accomplish this goal, students will learn the present laws affecting international business today and equally understand their application and significance in the international arena.  In addition, students will be introduced to current international business strategies that are essential to successfully manage the challenges of international business law. 

This course has been divided into four different learning units of instruction.  The first unit examines the legal and ethical environment of international business. The second unit examines trade regulation, specifically exploring international trade regulation and national import and export regulation.  The third unit examines all aspects of international business contracts, specifically examining the CISG as well as national lawmaking powers.  The fourth and final unit of instruction focuses on sales of services, licensing of intellectual property, and electronic transactions.  Each unit of instruction will identify the risk associated with each business transaction and potential solutions for each area covered. 

IBUS 75 – INTRODUCTION TO LOGISTICS

A business can make (or lose) a fortune by managing (or mismanaging) their inventory.  Indeed, Amazon’s phenomenal success is derived in large part from their expertise in logistics.   With widespread adoption of next generation inventory management and planning software, logistics has been transformed into a fast-paced, well compensated career.  In Introduction to Logistics, you will explore such logistics information systems along with inventory and warehouse management, facility location, and global logistics. 

FAQ

Do the Department of Business Administration & Economics faculty have real-world business experience? 

Yes, nearly every member of our faculty has a strong professional background in their concentration.  

How long does it take to complete the program?

Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing a certificate program can take as little as one semester and completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work Study information.

Who are the Career & Technical Education (CTE) counselors?

Schools/Program Counselor Location
Career & Technical Education Alicia Andujo LAC
Career & Technical Education Lorraine Blouin LAC
Career & Technical Education Laura Garcia LAC
Career & Technical Education Diana Ogimachi LAC
Career & Technical Education Robert Olmos PCC
Career & Technical Education Tom To PCC

Please visit the Counseling Office for Academic Counseling, Career Exploration, Educational Planning, College Transfer, Student Resources, and many others to help you achieve your educational goals.

What is the difference between a transfer degree (AA-T/AS-T) and a traditional AA/AS degree?

  • The traditional AA-Business degree has been designed for those who are in pursuit of an Associate degree with a stronger and more immediate career focus, such as securing a job opportunity or a job promotion.  Since most of the courses on this degree are transferable to a baccalaureate granting institution, you will still have the opportunity to complete your bachelors degree when the time is more appropriate.  This degree offers 5 distinct career paths – accounting, general business, international business, management and marketing. 
     
  • The CSU transfer degree has been developed as a fast-track degree for transfer into the CSU system.  The course requirements for the transfer degree have been developed as a collaborative effort by Community College and CSU faculty and this degree will help you to create a clear path from LBCC to a CSU campus, once you have met the stated requirements, which can be found in the Curriculum Guide section.  We offer both an AS-T in Business Administration and an AA-T in Economics. 

What is the difference between a certificate of achievement and a certificate of accomplishment? 

  • Completion of a Certificate of Achievement can be an end in itself or can, after completing the necessary GE requirements, lead to the attainment of one of our Associate degrees.   
     
  • The Certificates of Accomplishment are lower unit certifications (usually 9-12 units) which are tied to a specific skillset and are generally used as stepping stones on the path to obtain a Certificate of Achievement and eventually to an Associate degree.  They can also be instrumental in career advancement. 

How do I receive my degree or certificate after I finish the coursework?

You will need to complete an application for your degree or certificate and submit that application to the LBCC Admissions & Records office. Visit Admissions & Records for more details.

HOW TO transfer & LOOK UP COMPARABLE COURSE LISTINGS

To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

For more transfer information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.