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Skyline College's International Trade and International Logistics programs were designed to provide a pragmatic program for employment, continuing education, and education advancement in international trade and logistics.

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Skyline College's International Trade and International Logistics programs were designed to provide a pragmatic program for employment, continuing education, and education advancement in international trade and logistics. Skyline College offers a number of Associate Degrees and a Certificates of Completion in International Trade, Logistics and/or Business. Upon completion of a certificate, a student can continue with degree requirements to earn an Associate Degree of Science with a major in International Trade or International Logistics.

Career Outlook

International trade and logistics are vital parts of California's economy. One out of every nine jobs in California is tied to trade and the state is one of the largest exporters in the U.S. With high growth in international trade, there are many opportunities for entrepreneurs and young graduates looking for rewarding careers.

Examples of specific career opportunities in international trade and logistisc are: Customs House Broker, Export Agent, Freight Forwarding Specialist, Account Executive, and a variety of positions within state and U.S. government agencies.

The State of California Employment Development Department provides an online Occupational Guide that provides helpful job descriptions, job outlooks and wages, and qualification requirements for a wide variety of careers. Use this guide to find more information about a career that may interest you.

Looking for a list of classes offered this semester?

Check out the current class schedule.

All Courses

IBUS 100 Global Trade and Logistics I (3 units)

Covers concepts that are important to managers who are actively exporting or importing goods or are otherwise involved in international trade operations. All relevant issues are thoroughly explored, including documentation, terms of payment, terms of trade (Incoterms), exchange rate exposure, international insurance, customs clearance, agency and distributorship sales contracts, packaging, transportation, and security issues.

IBUS 101 Global Trade and Logistics II (3 units)

Evaluation and implementation of the drivers in the industry sectors of cost, competition, market and technology. These drivers are important to managers who are actively exporting or importing goods or are otherwise involved in international trade operations. All relevant issues are thoroughly explored, including documentation, terms of payment, terms of trade (Incoterms), exchange rate exposure, international insurance, customs clearance, agency and distributorship sales contracts, packaging, transportation, and security issues.

IBUS 102 Customs Brokerage and Procedures I (3 units)

An introduction to international purchase-sale agreement negotiations, use of Incoterms, foreign exchange and collections, an introduction to international supply chains and cargo transportation, and cargo risk management. The course will include: Foreign custom laws, industry standards, leases, consignments, marine air and casualty insurance, and methods of transportation.

IBUS 103 Customs Brokerage and Procedures II (3 units)

An overview of U.S. Customs Regulations, rules, procedures, and the risks and responsibilities of importing goods into the United States. Topics covered include: Foreign Trade Zones, Free Trade Agreements, Special Entry Procedures, Transportation Entries, Duty Free and Reduced Duty programs, record keeping requirements.

IBUS 104 Principles of Customs Compliance (3 units)

An introduction to customs brokerage. Students will study The Code of Federal Regulations Title 19 which contains the codified Federal laws and regulations governing the customs duties. The course will also provide an overview of business concepts and procedures involved in importing merchandise into the United States.

IBUS 113 Introduction to Supply Chain Management (3 units)

Introduction to Supply Chain Management: Tools and techniques for design and improvement of supply chain management; optimal use of information, materials, and technology to improve efficiency and reduce costs; integration of outside suppliers and customers into an organization’s supply chain.

IBUS 115 Computerized Logistics (3 units)

Introduction to available software programs used in the logistics sector. Students will learn about areas of supply chain management, manufacturing, planning and control, and logistics industry. Course content will introduce industry practices and standards using software applications for enterprise resource planning, demand planning, and warehouse management.

IBUS 200 Introduction to International Business (3 units)

An introduction to international business strategy and management. Topics includes international trade theory and how companies develop competitive advantage in international markets, production and financial management, and risk management.

IBUS 210 International Finance (3 units)

Introduction to and examination of the theoretical aspects of international trade finance. Includes topics such as different types of lenders, domestic and foreign government assistance programs for trade assistance, methods of payment, trade financing, examination of the theoretical, historical and cultural aspects in International Trade Finance.

IBUS 243 Legal Environment of International Business (3 units)

Introduction to various topics related to the legal implications of the financial, economic, cultural, and political environment of international business. Students will develop a theoretical and practical approach to doing business as a multinational company in a global environment.

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Critical Thinking
    • Describe the process of decision-making and problem solving, specifically with regard to how world environments shape the conduct of international business in the United States and abroad.
  • Project Management
    • Design an effective project plan using project management tools and the project management process.
  • International Business Law
    • Develop an understanding of the law and the legal environment as it relates to international business operations, including its ethical implications.
  • Business Communications
    • Create effective oral and written business communications utilizing modern communication technologies.
  • Logistics
    • Apply basic concepts and terminology needed to understand and perform basic logistics and trade operations services.
      Understand and analyze how computers and different types of software are used in the logistics industry.
  • Import Operations
    • Identify custom clearing processes to bring goods into the US and the methods of entry into foreign markets.
Office Information
Location: Building 19
Email: popes@smccd.edu
Spring 2024 Courses

There are no classes offered during this semester.

Primary Contact

Sonya Pope
Sonya Pope (Division Assistant)
Global Learning Programs-Division Office
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