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International Business - Area of Focus

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Take Your Business Everywhere

Thanks to technology, speed of travel, and the pursuit of cost-effective resources, international business continues to grow. Even the smallest companies are discovering the benefits of trading internationally. To be a part of this expanding business sector, it’s important to know about other cultures and political structures in order to understand different negotiation techniques be successful in other parts of the world.

LASC understands the twenty-first century cross-cultural immersion of global commerce in today’s marketplace, and combines areas of international trade into all of our business programs with modern and innovative tactics to push your business to the global market. LASC does not offer a degree or certificate in International Business, but we do offer certificates in Global Trade and Logistics and Global Entrepreneurship which give you a deeper understanding of this increasingly vital business sector. 

Taking courses in international business can lead to advanced placement, global travel, and plenty of career and entrepreneurial opportunities around the world. So, whether you’re negotiating a deal with an international business, or starting an office or plant in another country, you’ll be prepared for the business ahead.

Careers in International Business

If you want to get into any area of business, or want to expand your business, International Business will give you the knowledge and skills to build cross-cultural relationships and have the knowledge needed to expand your business to other countries.

Here are just a few professions and their salaries that you could have with a background in International Business: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov December 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $92, 030/year 
$44.24/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 4% increase

3,850

Propose ways to increase an organization’s efficiency: Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $98,160/year
$47.19/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Less than 5 years  
5% increase

30,210

Analyze credit data and financial statements of individuals or firms to determine the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money. Prepare reports with credit information for use in decision making.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree + experience $87,110/year
$41.88/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase

3,630

 

Plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers. Develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm's profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm's customers are satisfied. Oversee product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $152,160/year $73.15/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Less than 5 years
5% increase

12,280

 

Examine, evaluate, and investigate eligibility for or conformity with laws and regulations governing contract compliance of licenses and permits, and perform other compliance and enforcement inspection and analysis activities not classified elsewhere.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree  $82,720/year 
$39.77/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
5 years or more 5% increase

14,260

 

Courses offered in International Business at LASC 

All of LASC’s Business Department programs integrate aspects of international business principles, as this is becoming an increasingly common need in today’s global market.  

Ask your academic counselor how taking International Business can help you meet CSU and other public and private university transfer requirements. You can review the courses below, as well as go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information.

601 Introduction to Global Trade and Logistics (3) 

Lecture: 3 hours 

This course provides an overview of the global marketplace with emphasis on the impact and dynamics of socio-cultural, demographic, economic, technological, political, and legal factors in the foreign trade environment. Topics include patterns of world trade, supply chain and logistics, internationalization of the firm, and operating procedures of the multinational enterprise. 

602 Global Economics (3) CSU 

Lecture: 3 hours 

This course provides the students with an understanding of global economy and internationalization of business. It covers international economics, finance, and trade as a natural consequence of the theory of Comparative Advantage. Includes multinational enterprises, legal, political, and socio-cultural issues, survey of global strategic management. This course will give the students an understanding of global economics and helps them understand the complexities of operating an import or export business. 

603 Cross Cultural Management (3) CSU 

Lecture: 3 hours 

Students examine the role of culture in the operations of an organization. They will explore ways to identify cultural differences and culture's impact on strategic approach, organizational structure, and different approaches to human resources. Focus will be the new approaches toward creating Global Managers and team building across cultures. 

604 Global Marketing & Trade Agreements (3) 

Lecture: 3 hours 

This Course considers the required adjustments in marketing strategy to remain competitive in a global environment. Topics include trade policy basics, tariffs and non-tariff barriers, safeguards, voluntary restraints, dumping, subsidies and strategic trade theory, agricultural trade, developing country rules, regionalism, and services. 

605 Contemporary Issues in Global Trade & Logistics (3) 

Lecture: 3 hours 

Deals with selected topics of current importance in global business. The topics may vary from semester to semester and selected from research projects, comparative cross-cultural behaviors and business practices, global distribution and transportation, regional trade and competition, and marketing opportunities in the European and Latin American communities. 

606 Principles of Import (3) 

Lecture: 3 hours 

In this course the student learns how to Identify, define, and explain the United States regulatory agencies requirements to import to the United States. Emphasis will be placed on how to determine what duties commodities might be subject to and how to prepare and present to the Bureau of Customs the shipment and its document. 

607 Principles of Export (3) 

Lecture: 3 hours 

This course will help the students to learn the basic requirements of the United States export regulations and procedures. The students will learn how to prepare the proper documentation required by the US and the country of destination. The students will learn how to calculate the break-even point, financing, foreign exchange rates, and the profitability of an export venture. 

609 Internet Fundamentals and E-Business (3) CSU 

Lecture: 3 hours 

This course provides students with the skills required to manage electronic business, commerce, government information systems, and technology. The course will also emphasize the role of global strategic information systems as applied to problem solving and current transportation and customs software. In addition, students will conduct international market research, create an ecommerce web site, and establish an entrepreneurial venture. 

610 International Business (CSU) 

Lecture: 3 hours 

Students will learn how global marketing works beyond our borders as well as how to construct a sound plan for identifying and delivering a product made in the US to selected markets. It examines the challenges and rewards found in international marketing, which is now the center of growth and opportunity for U. S. enterprise. During the process of plan development, students will gain knowledge in the unique issues of delivering products and services abroad including: import taxes, letters of credit, shipping agreements, free trade zones, regulations on media and advertising and trade organizations and resources. 

611 Customhouse Brokerage: Payment Instruments and Procedures I (3) CSU 

Lecture: 3 hours 

The student learns how to arrange and receive payment for merchandise shipped from one country to another. Topics covered include how to prepare and fill out documents. Also included is information regarding credit and political risk insurance. 

612 Supply Chain Management: Transport Systems (3) CSU 

Lecture: 3 hours 

This course examines the global transport systems used in importing and exporting. Emphasis is given to the role of ocean, air, land, and multimodal transport infrastructures as key components of international supply chain management operations. Supporting international trade topics include commercial terms of trade, commercial and transportation documents, insurance, packaging for export, logistics infrastructure and security, and United States Customs clearance.