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Welcome to the Business Department
Business is booming, and we can give you the competitive edge with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to thrive in this ever-expanding field.
We have many areas of study you can choose from whether you’re interested in getting a degree or certificate, or just want to brush up on your computer and business skills. You can study subjects such as computer science, economics, law, real estate, banking, engineering, finance, accounting, management, computer applications, office technology, and supervision.
We also have diverse business certificates to strengthen your resume, start a small business, or help you secure specific careers in areas such as website design, small business entrepreneurship, homeland security information technology, income tax preparation, bookkeeping, and more!
Please note: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and to help protect the health and safety of the entire Los Angeles Southwest College community while remaining committed to fulfilling our mission, campus leaders have decided to offer remote and online instruction for the remainder of the Spring Semester. If you have immediate questions, contact the division dean or the department chair whose contact information is listed in the "Contact Us" box toward the top left of this page.
What Careers Can You Have with a Degree in Business?
Below, discover all of the Business Department degree and certificate programs we offer along with some career possibilities. These programs will give you a strong foundation to launch your career into this ever-expanding field.
Click on any program link to find out more information on what these careers pay on average, how much education you’ll need, and what courses you can take at LASC:
Accounting/General Business – Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer, Associate in Arts
in Business Administration; Certificate of Achievement in General Business; Skill
Certificates in Bookkeeping, Income Tax Form Preparation
Careers: Payroll & Benefits Administrator, Tax Preparer, Payroll Clerk, Accounting Clerk, Bookkeeper
Banking & Finance – Associate in Arts in Business Administration; Certificate of Achievement; Skill
Certificates in Business & Technology Skills, Finance
Careers: Bank Associate, Insurance Agent, Loan Officer, Administrative Assistant
Computer Applications & Office Technology – Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts, Associate in Science; Skill Certificates in
General Office Assistant, Legal Office Assistant, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word,
Receptionist, Web Site Designer, Word Processing
Careers: Legal Office Assistant, Executive Secretary, Office Manager, Pension Administrator
Computer Science: IT – Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts, Associate in Science; Certificates of Achievement
in Homeland Security & Computer Networks, Homeland Security Network Administrator;
Skill Certificate in Certified Internet Webmaster Associate (CIWA)
Careers: Computer Support Specialist, Computer Network Analyst, Network System Administrator
Economics – Associate in Arts in Business Administration; Skill Certificate
Careers: Securities Trader, Claims Adjuster, Appraiser, Mortgage Loan Associate, Pricing Analyst
Electronics Technology – Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts: Electronics, Associate in Science; Skill Certificates
in Computer Technician, Electronics Technician, Network Cabling Technician, Telecom
& Network Technician
Careers: Electrical Technician, Electronics Tester, Network Cabling Technician, Electronic Drafter
Law-Paralegal – Associate in Arts; Skill Certificate in Law Office Specialist I
Careers: Real Estate Title Insurance Paralegal, Public Defendant Paralegal, Nursing Paralegal
Management/Supervision – Associate in Arts in Business Administration; Certificate of Achievement; Skill
Certificates in Global Trade and Logistic Management, Global Entrepreneurship I, Management,
Small Business Entrepreneurship Level I, Small Business Entrepreneurship Level II,
Careers: Store Manager, Customer Service Associate, Human Resource Manager, Account Executive
Real Estate – Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts; Certificate of Achievement in Real Estate Broker;
Skill Certificates in Escrow, Salesperson
Careers: Real Estate Agent, Property Manager, Real Estate Broker, Property Inspector, Mortgage Banker
Why Study Business?
Simply put, business is about providing people with goods and services they need and want. To succeed in any business career, it’s important to understand basic business principles and develop core skills. To get a business up and running, you need to know how to create a good business plan, know how to budget, track income and expenses, and advertise to the right audience. To keep a business and its employees moving forward, everyone needs good communication and presentation skills while knowing how to organize, problem-solve, and think strategically. And, to keep a business stable, you need to understand when it’s best to spend a business’s money and when it’s best to save it.
You’ll learn these from skilled instructors with years of business experience who
can lead you through the practical skills and academic principles needed for a successful
career right out of college. They will make sure you have the background knowledge
and skills needed to prosper in business today. You’ll work with the latest graphics
and accounting software, use up-to-date computer application programs, learn about
business English, and gain important management, analyzing, and communication skills
to give you a competitive edge upon graduation.
How Will Studying Business Help My Career in Other Fields?
Business degrees are a perfect pairing with anything else you want to study! If you’re thinking of going into healthcare, entertainment, charity work, science, education, or any other career you can think of, business is a part of each one. Knowing how businesses work makes it easier to get ahead in your career and be a more knowledgeable employee. Business courses help you:
- organize your time and set smart goals
- expand your computer skills
- work with others more productively
- communicate your ideas skillfully
- develop analyzing skills
- become familiar with business terms
- gain knowledge of business departments and what they do
You can also explore the many subjects within a business, such as economics, finance, human resources, marketing, management, law, and accounting to see what sparks your interests. And, you can gain life skills in managing your own finances, updating your computer skills, and learning how to budget your own finances. We will all come into contact with the far-reaching field of business, so knowing how it works when you’re in your profession can help you continue to get the most out of your career.