International Business

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International Business

Did you know that the Port of Long Beach has been named the premier gateway for Trans-Pacific trade 16 times?  More than 5.5 million containers (TEUs) move through the port each year, accounting for more than $180 billion in trade (exports and imports).  Do you have any idea where all those containers are heading?  Everywhere.   Do you have any idea how they keep from getting lost, who moves them, who owns them? 

If you declare International Business as a major, you will have the opportunity to learn the theory and develop the practical skills which will enable you to continue toward the achievement of your academic and/or professional goals in the diverse fields of International Business/Logistics. 

The two areas of study in the International Business concentration are International Business, in which the coursework will provide a broad perspective of the traditional business functions although from a more global perspective, and Logistics, in which the coursework will provide a very detailed look at the specific areas of supply chain management and distribution.

Careers in International Business/Logistics range from exporting/importing, freight-forwarding, logisticians and supply-chain managers.  In Long Beach, these jobs abound, with one in eight jobs focusing directly on the Port of Long Beach.  Even more important, however, is that the Port supports nearly 316,000 jobs across the Southland, and all of our degrees can prepare you to enter this job environment. And this is all brought to you because of globalization and trade.

  • 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.
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Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Arts Degree (AA), International Business

Associate in Arts Degree (AA), 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 concentrations/courses to enhance the development of our students’ critical-thinking skills: their ability to reason, ask appropriate questions and make strong decision.
  • Develop assignments and/or exercises to enhance students’ verbal and non-verbal skills: their ability to reflect, write, speak and respond in a personal and professional manner.
  • Improve the level of student success and student retention as well as increase the number of degrees and certificates.
  • develop a strong working relationship with local businesses through the formation of an Industry Council for the purpose of advisement and collaboration in order to ensure that our course offerings are providing our students with the strongest preparation for entering the workforce. Additionally, it would be our goal for this Council to develop strong feelings for LBCC students and to evolve these feelings into actual job opportunities.

Certificate of Achievement, International Business

The Certificate of Achievement in International Business will prepare a student for advancement into a baccalaureate-degree granting institution and/or for an entry-level position in a small/medium sized business, involved in global trade, logistics, export-import, or supply-chain management.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Foundations of International Business

Satisfactory completion of this Certificate will prepare students for entry-level jobs in all industries involved in international trade, such as logistics/goods movement, export-import facilitation, supply-chain management, warehousing and transportation management.  Holders of these skills will be especially valuable for owners of small businesses. Attainment of this Certificate can also be a first step toward a Certificate of Achievement, an AA/AS degree and transfer to a Baccalaureate degree-granting institution.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Foundations of Logistics

This certificate will include topics of international business, logistics and finance which will apply to the operation of any business enterprise, but especially to those businesses involved in the global movement of goods/services and international trade.  Businesses involved in international trade are major contributors to employment in and around Long Beach due to the proximity of the Ports of LA/LB.  This Logistics certificate will provide recipients an advantage, above those without any college, when applying for any type of entry level office or retail job, most specifically in the international trade environment, since many businesses may require or recommend applicants to have some knowledge of international trade, export-import practices and the movement of goods through the global supply chain. This certificate will make applicants more attractive to these employers.

Course offerings

Course Name   Fall   Winter Spring Summer

Introduction to Business

Principles of Accounting

Introduction to Accounting

Business Law

Intro to International Business


Export-Import Business Practice


International Business Law


Introduction to Logistics


Intro to Supply Chain Management