Concentration: Management



In the book Vanguard Management, James O’Toole writes about the 1954 movie Executive Suite, in which he describes the new President of the Treadway Corporation as someone who “saw that success in management was not predicated on technique. Instead, his underlying assumption was that the art of management is to continually meet the corporation’s changing responsibilities to all of those who have a stake in it….with balance (and) with moral symmetry”.

Many years later, it seems that the message is even more important. Learn more about the art of Management and how to achieve your personal and professional goals through our Management curriculum.


Careers in management can be developed in any industry, ranging from front-line supervisors to mid-managers to senior management.  Every organizational enterprise, whether profit, non-profit, social or entrepreneurial needs a planner and a leader.

  • General & Operations Managers
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Training & Development Managers
  • Management Analysts
  • Marketing Managers
  • Compensation & Benefits Managers
  • Sales Managers
  • Financial Managers
  • Logistics Managers
  • Administrative Services Managers
  • Property & Real Estate Managers
  • Managers

Learn more about various Business Management jobs in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Degrees & Certificates

Business (AA) Curriculum Guide

Associate in Arts degree (AA), Business: Management

Plan Code: 1143 – The Associate Degree in Business: Management consists of the prescribed GE requirements, as well as the required management 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 the workforce at an entry-level position relating to their field of emphasis. 


  • 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 Management 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 Management program.

Certificate of Achievement, Business: Management

Plan Code: 3143 – The Certificate of Achievement in Management will prepare a student for advancement into business school at a baccalaureate-degree granting institution and/or for an entry-level supervisory or human resources position in a small/medium-sized business. Additionally, a student may be able to develop the skills needed for an entrepreneurial startup.

Certificate of Accomplishment, business: Foundations of Management

Plan Code: 4143 – The Certificate of Accomplishment in Business: Foundations of Management may prepare a student to continue toward the attainment of an Associate Degree and/or for an entry-level supervisory or human resources position in a small/medium-sized business. Additionally, a student may be able to develop the skills needed for an entrepreneurial startup.

Certificate of Accomplishment, business: Foundations of Entrepreneurship

Plan Code: 4203 – The Foundations of Entrepreneurship Certificate of Accomplishment is designed to provide students with an understanding of the entrepreneurial elements of starting a small business, with an eventual focus on the traditional management skills necessary to extend the life of the startup business. Major emphasis is placed on the development of a coherent business model. Upon completion of this Certificate, a student will have the skills to plan and control financial resources, communicate with and lead people in the organization, plan and control informational and technological resources and, finally, unite these skills into the development of a strategic business model/ business plan that will be designed for success.

Course Offerings

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Introduction to Business

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Principles of Accounting

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Introduction to Accounting

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Business Law

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Intro to Management

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Human Resource Management

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Leadership & Supervision

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Management & Organizational Behavior

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Small Business Entrepreneurship

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Course Descriptions

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


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.


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.


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 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. 


Introduction to Management is a wonderful breadth class for learning the many management concepts used in today’s work environment.  Not only do students learn the fundamentals of management, which are the Planning, Organizing, Leading, and Controlling processes, but also the intangibles of management that are learned through the shared experiences that the professor and students bring into the class.  The course focuses on both theory and practical application of the knowledge learned. Students are able to take what they learn in the class and immediately apply it at work, even if they aren’t yet a manager. 


The most important asset for any organization is their human resources, yet it is also the most difficult to manage.  This course focuses not only on the theoretical approaches of HRM, but also the practical application for today’s work environment.  When managed properly, the organization’s human resources are the key ingredient for creating high job satisfaction and high performance, both of which are essential for building a sustainable competitive advantage at work. Every employee and manager should know the ins and outs of properly managing and leading people, which is the major focus for this course.


Of all the classes I teach at LBCC, this is probably my favorite because it focuses on the individual and how he/she/they can become the best leader possible based on their natural skills and abilities. Students do learn about the theoretical models of leadership, but much of the focus of this class is about helping the students learn more about themselves and what type of leader they are meant to be.  We focus on understanding core values, strengths, personality, emotional intelligence, attitudes, behavior, etc., as a way to become the best version of ourselves and the best leaders we can possibly be. Students are able to immediately put to use the knowledge they gain in this class.  The self-awareness created throughout the course is the foundation for life-long growth and development. 


This is a wonderful class for learning the fundamentals of navigating organizational life.  Working with other people can be difficult, but learning how to communicate with others, how motivation affects people, how to work with different personalities and behavioral styles, and how to build strong teams, can greatly reduce the stress and pressure of organizational life.  Students learn all of these areas and much more in this course.  The knowledge that students gain in this class can be immediately applied at work to create real, positive, long-lasting results.


Although the numbers can fluctuate, by most accounts there are somewhere around 25 million small businesses in the United States.  If you would like to be one of them, MGMT 80 will help you look at this very important segment of the economy from both the Entrepreneurial focus and the Small Business Management focus.  This course is not only about learning to write a business plan, but rather about how to successfully plan, start and operate a business.  Once you grasp the differences in these two concepts you will be prepared to write any type of a business plan or develop your own successful business model. 


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 and lookup 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.