The pathway below represents an efficient and effective course taking sequence for this program. Individual circumstances might require some changes to this pathway. It is always recommended that you meet with an academic counselor to develop a personalized educational plan.
The courses have been intentionally placed and should be prioritized in the order in which they appear. If you are unable to take all the courses in a semester, you should prioritize enrolling in the courses in the order below. Some courses have been noted as “Appropriate for Intersession” . Should you need (or want) to take classes in the summer and/or winter intersessions, the program recommends these courses as appropriate for the condensed schedule of the intersessions.
Some pathways combine a “Certificate of Achievement” and an “Associate Degree”. If you are pursuing only the Certificate of Achievement, you are only required to take the courses marked “Program Requirement” .
All pathways include at least one “Gateway Course” which introduces you to the program and/or field of study and helps you decide if you want to continue with this Academic and Career Path.
Most Associate degrees (though not Associate Degrees for Transfer) require satisfying the SMC Global Citizenship requirement. If the Program Requirements do not include a “Global Citizenship course” , be sure to select a General Education course that also satisfies Global Citizenship.
After successful completion of the International Business Certificate of Achievement program, the student demonstrates the skills, knowledge, and training for entry-level positions in multinational companies and incorporates the global business perspective in to their current assignment. The student's knowledge and skills will include the ability to analyze global business opportunities as well as interact with others from different cultures. Individuals are able to prepare basic international commercial and shipping documents as well as to understand the issues that are involved in a global business operation. To gain a competitive edge in today's emerging marketplace, companies need professionals who know how to streamline diverse, supply-side activities on a global scale. If your aim is to extend your professional influence to the international market, the International Business Certificate of Achievement can help.
Upon completion of the program, students will:
- Upon completion of the program students will: analyze global business opportunities; compare and contrast the role that culture plays in global business operations; describe and prepare international commercial and shipping documents; resolve ethical dilemmas in the domestic and global business environment, and apply business principles to international trade issues in the context of global citizenship.
Appropriate for Intersession
An overview of the functional areas of business in a global society. Students will complete the course with knowledge of the general business environment, economic systems, business ethics, operations and project management, and technology and information systems. In addition, students will learn the fundamentals of economics, business ownership, entrepreneurship, finance, management, leadership, and marketing. Key themes woven throughout the course include exploration of career options and development of business problem-solving skills.
- Skills Advisory: eligibility for Engish 1
- Area II-B: Social Science (Group B)
This course presents an overview of importing and exporting as drivers of globalization. It is designed to help students explore the benefits, costs, and risks of importing and exporting as well as the trade regulations involved, the documentation and licensing required, and the public and private sources of financing and other assistance available. It stresses cross-cultural comparisons of foreign business, legal and political practices, trade patterns, and markets as a means of implementing successful import/export plans. Currency exchange, sources and methods of market research, terms of payment, broker services, insurance, letters of credit, transportation and barriers to entry will also be covered.
This course focuses on issues faced in international management. Techniques and strategies for leading business activities in the world marketplace are examined. The course is designed to promote an understanding of global trends and the decision-making process involved in all aspects of the multinational organization, such as planning, organizing, and human resource management.
This course focuses on general business problems, theories, techniques and strategies necessary in the development of business activities in the global market place. The course is designed to promote an understanding of the impact that a country’s culture and its political and economic environments have on a firm’s international operations. The course covers the global perspective of business fundamentals as they relate to international management, communication, marketing, finance, ethics, etc.
This course is designed to heighten awareness of culture and its impact on successful business enterprises. The student will develop skills to identify areas where culture and business intersect by focusing on four subsets of American culture (European Americans, Chicano/Latinos, African Americans and Asian Americans) as well as on international cultures. Emphasis will be placed on how a firm's success is affected by both domestic and global issues influencing intercultural communication.
- F - Ethnic Studies
- Area V: Global Citizenship
This course focuses on the identification and analysis of processes and challenges of communication as affected by different cultures, especially as it affects communication among the various cultures found within the United States (e.g. African American, Asian American, Latino/a, Middle Eastern, Native American, European American and Gay/Lesbian cultures) and among the various cultures throughout the world. The course focuses on the principles of communication theory as they apply to the intercultural setting with an emphasis on the effects of differences in beliefs, values, attitudes, socio-political organization, role expectations, language and nonverbal behavior, etc.—all of which are interrelated.
- Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1
- 4G: Interdisciplinary, Social & Behavioral Sciences
- D7 - Interdisciplinary Social and Behavioral Science
- F - Ethnic Studies
- Area II-B: Social Science (Group B)
- Area V: Global Citizenship
This course provides the basic foundations of international marketing and then explain how companies can grow by going abroad or sourcing ideas/expanding into other countries or industries. Students explore all aspects of marketing from a global perspective to better respond to international opportunities and competitive situations. This course is designed to promote an understanding of the impact that a country's culture and environment have on the marketing mix as well as the problems of competing in markets having different cultures.
This course provides an overview of how firms use distribution intermediaries to gain a competitive advantage in local and global markets through the integration of logistics and supply chain management. The management of the physical flow of products and information throughout the entire supply chain is examined, including physical distribution, transportation, warehousing, customer service, materials management, third-party and global logistics, systems planning, and operations and management of the supply chain.
The class provides an overview of the alternative modes, systems, rates, services, and regulations in global transportation. Transportation systems and providers will be examined including ocean, air, and surface carriers, as well as intermodal and special carriers.
This course is an overview of the entire supply chain and its key elements. Students are exposed to concepts, models, and terminology used in demand planning, inventory planning, material planning, distribution planning, fulfillment planning, and related components of a supply chain are examined.
Introduces concepts and techniques related to the design, planning, control, and improvement of manufacturing and service operations. The course examines operations and the coordination of product development, process management, and supply chain management. Students are exposed to topics in the areas of process analysis, materials management, production scheduling, quality management, and product design.
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of procurement. Students will learn how to improve a company's profitability through key concepts such as negotiation, supplier sourcing and qualification, outsourcing and make-or-buy analysis. Students will learn the various steps of the order process from the generation of the purchase requisition through receiving. Students will also learn to maintain effective purchasing records, manage budgets and explore career opportunities in the Supply Chain Industry.
This course introduces students to the essential elements of project management and team leadership. Emphasis is placed on managing resources, and creating control mechanisms that minimize risk in the world of logistics and supply chain management. Students will explore the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships. Students will learn and apply basic project management concepts including budgeting, planning, scheduling, work breakdown structures, monitoring and project control to move goods and services across the globe.
This course introduces an enterprise resource planning system such as SAP software (“Systems, Applications & Products in Data Processing”) and how it is used in a procurement office to record the day-to-day purchasing activities at major corporations. Through case studies and the review of major business processes, students will learn how SAP software records the transaction including sales, procurement, invoices, MRP (Materials Requirement Planning) and payments.