JFKu Online

Associate of Arts
Concentration in
Liberal Arts

Program Overview

The Associate of Arts in General Studies program provides students with a solid foundation for future educational and career opportunities. Through a broad range of general education courses, students develop their awareness of the key forces of societal change: social, cultural, historical, economic, political, and technological. The Liberal Arts concentration expands on the General Education foundation, exposing students to a variety of subjects while building their writing and critical thinking abilities. This broad base prepares students for a variety of entry-level career opportunities as well as further studies in the humanities or any field of their choosing. *Pending WSCUC approval.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Liberal Arts Concentration Curriculum

The below listed curriculum covers the 15 semester units for the concentration curriculum. Visit the AA Program page for the remaining curriculum.

Liberal Arts
Units
ART 220 Introduction to Film
3
This course introduces students to the fundamental analysis of film in America including building an appreciation for the role of film as a communication tool for political and social commentary. Students will gain a basic understanding of films and the different genres of film.
BIO 151 Introduction to Biology
3
This course introduces the basic principles of biology and demonstrates how relevant science is to everyday life. General biology focuses on the theoretical foundations that form our understanding of the living world. Upon completion, students will possess a broad, conceptual understanding of living organisms from the building blocks of cells to ecosystems.
ENG 204 Interdisciplinary Reading, Writing, and Research
3
This gateway course is designed to refine skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking, and to apply these skills in a multifaceted approach to research in specific disciplines.
Liberal Arts
Units
ENG 348 Modern American Literature
3
This course will introduce students to the various types of writing that occurred in American society through the middle of the nineteenth century from Colonization to American Romanticism. Along with exploring different styles of writing, the course will provide a backdrop of American history to show the motivation of the writers during the time periods in which they wrote. Throughout the course, students will also be introduced to different literary styles. By reading various texts and writing strategies, students will understand how non-fiction, fiction, and poetic works helped to mold American society and how these texts were perceived by others.
HIS 227 Ancient World History
3
This course provides an introduction to the peoples of the ancient world. Students investigate various aspects of ancient world cultures, including geography, politics, history, art, literature, and religion. Students begin to think historically about their world in terms of patterns of human experience and assess the similarities between conditions prevailing in ancient times and those in the current era.
Liberal Arts
Units
ENG 348 Modern American Literature
3
This course will introduce students to the various types of writing that occurred in American society through the middle of the nineteenth century from Colonization to American Romanticism. Along with exploring different styles of writing, the course will provide a backdrop of American history to show the motivation of the writers during the time periods in which they wrote. Throughout the course, students will also be introduced to different literary styles. By reading various texts and writing strategies, students will understand how non-fiction, fiction, and poetic works helped to mold American society and how these texts were perceived by others.
HIS 227 Ancient World History
3
This course provides an introduction to the peoples of the ancient world. Students investigate various aspects of ancient world cultures, including geography, politics, history, art, literature, and religion. Students begin to think historically about their world in terms of patterns of human experience and assess the similarities between conditions prevailing in ancient times and those in the current era.

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

JFKu Online

Associate of Arts
Concentration in
Criminal Justice

Program Overview

The Associate of Arts in General Studies program provides students with a solid foundation for future educational and career opportunities, with the concentration in Criminal Justice offering them a framework for starting out in the field. Through a broad range of general education courses focused on the liberal arts, students develop their awareness of the key forces of societal change: social, cultural, historical, economic, political, and technological. Additionally, the Criminal Justice concentration prepares students practically and philosophically for a wide variety of entry-level career opportunities in the criminal justice field. *Pending WSCUC approval.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Criminal Justice Concentration Curriculum

The below listed curriculum covers the 15 semester units for the concentration curriculum. Visit the AA Program page for the remaining curriculum.

Criminal Justice
Units
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
This course provides students with an introduction to the criminal justice system in the United States. Emphasis is placed on crime and justice; law and the criminal justice system; police and law enforcement operations; juvenile justice; and contemporary issues in policing, courts, corrections, incarcerations, and reentry. Students will develop an understanding that criminal justice is a complex social system and is a larger part of the broader social, political, and economic systems of the country.
CRJ 150 Corrections
3
This course examines the context, trends, practices, and special interests of corrections. Emphasis is placed on the history and current trends of the practice, jails, the prison experience, institutional management, educational/treatment programs, prisoners’ rights, women in prison, and race/ethnicity challenges.
CRJ 260 Criminology
3
The course is a theoretical study of crime, its causes, and crime prevention and control. The student will examine the field of criminology and develop an understanding for how research models are used to better understand and explain criminal behavior and society’s response.
Criminal Justice
Units
CRJ 265 Juveniles in the Justice System
3
This course will bring the student with an interest in public safety and criminal justice into the American juvenile justice system. The student will learn about the laws and procedures that govern the way juveniles are handled by the police and the court, the reasons for them, and how to apply them in the everyday discharge of the law enforcement officer’s duty. This course covers the basics of juvenile justice, from entry into the system by way of law enforcement to prosecution, rehabilitation, and corrections.
CRJ 350 Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System
3
This course covers the basics of public administration and the ethical issues of public service, including law enforcement, sentencing, corrections criminal justice research, and crime control.
Criminal Justice
Units
CRJ 265 Juveniles in the Justice System
3
This course will bring the student with an interest in public safety and criminal justice into the American juvenile justice system. The student will learn about the laws and procedures that govern the way juveniles are handled by the police and the court, the reasons for them, and how to apply them in the everyday discharge of the law enforcement officer’s duty. This course covers the basics of juvenile justice, from entry into the system by way of law enforcement to prosecution, rehabilitation, and corrections.
CRJ 350 Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System
3
This course covers the basics of public administration and the ethical issues of public service, including law enforcement, sentencing, corrections criminal justice research, and crime control.

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

JFKu Online

Associate of Arts
Concentration
in Business

Program Overview

The Associate of Arts in General Studies program provides students with a solid foundation for future educational and career opportunities, with the concentration in Business specifically gearing them toward further studies and/or a career in the field. Through a broad range of general education courses focused on the liberal arts, students develop their awareness of the key forces of societal change: social, cultural, historical, economic, political, and technological. Additionally, the Business concentration directs students’ critical awareness toward the business world, introducing concepts that serve as a base for both on-the-job skill-building and further educational inquiry. *Pending WSCUC approval.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Business Concentration Curriculum

The below listed curriculum covers the 15 semester units for the concentration curriculum. Visit the AA Program page for the remaining curriculum.

Business
Units
CIS 101 Computer Literacy
3
This course covers software design, practical implications of computer technology, and the legal ethical issues and practices pertaining to computer use from the internet on authoring and identity.
BUS 101 Introduction to Business
3
This course is an introduction to the concepts and practice of business at all levels. Students will approach numerous topics while exploring the fundamentals of business including entrepreneurship, marketing, human resources and trends. Case studies, group activities and presentations will emphasize those topics discussed in class to help the student acquire the necessary skills to succeed in building a knowledge base for a career in business.
BUS 209 Financial Accounting
3
Introduction to bookkeeping procedures: emphasis on the development of skills for both cash and accrual methods of recording, including adjusting and closing entries, cash controls and bank reconciliation, coverage of accounting systems, internal control procedures and procedures for completion of an accounting cycle.
Business
Units
BUS 220 Microeconomics
3
This is a general introduction to microeconomic systems. An examination of general microeconomics theory with an emphasis on supply and demand, opportunity cost, consumer choice, the firm, the market structure (s) and regulation, allocation of resources, capital, interest, profit, labor unions, income analysis, energy, national resource economics, and public policy.
MGT 301 Leadership in Organizations and Business Management
3
This course provides opportunities for personal assessment, setting of goals and priorities, and planning for professional development necessary for functioning effectively as a leader or manager in an organizational or business setting. The emphasis for this course is placed upon exploring and identifying suitable leadership and management styles; and strategies useful in problem solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution by individuals, groups and organizations.
Business
Units
BUS 220 Microeconomics
3
This is a general introduction to microeconomic systems. An examination of general microeconomics theory with an emphasis on supply and demand, opportunity cost, consumer choice, the firm, the market structure (s) and regulation, allocation of resources, capital, interest, profit, labor unions, income analysis, energy, national resource economics, and public policy.
MGT 301 Leadership in Organizations and Business Management
3
This course provides opportunities for personal assessment, setting of goals and priorities, and planning for professional development necessary for functioning effectively as a leader or manager in an organizational or business setting. The emphasis for this course is placed upon exploring and identifying suitable leadership and management styles; and strategies useful in problem solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution by individuals, groups and organizations.

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

JFKu Online

Associate of Arts
in General Studies

Program Overview

Starting with an inaugural class this fall*, gain a solid liberal arts foundation for future educational and career opportunities in the on-demand online Associate of Arts in General Studies program. Expand your perspective and create awareness of the key forces of societal change: social, cultural, historical, economic, political, and technological. Throughout the program, you’ll take a broad range of general education courses ultimately leading to the AA in General Studies. You can develop additional expertise by focusing your degree with a specialization in business, liberal arts, or criminal justice.
*Pending WSCUC approval

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of your program, you’ll have the skills and expertise needed to:

  • Incorporate new information and perspectives into your world view
  • Apply basic critical-thinking skills to reach ethical, creative, and analytically sound decisions in work, life, and academia
  • Demonstrate fundamental proficiency in multiple modes of communication

Available Concentrations

  • Business
  • Liberal Arts
  • Criminal Justice

Why Choose JFK University?

Since 1965, John F. Kennedy University has been providing higher education to lifelong adult learners in the Bay Area and beyond. Here are just a few benefits of enrolling at JFK University:

  • Private nonprofit university
  • Accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Campus, online, and FlexCourse℠ on-demand online programs
  • Locations in Pleasant Hill and San Jose, CA
  • Experienced faculty who are practitioners in their fields
  • Service learning and internship opportunities

It’s About Tradition

John F. Kennedy University is an accredited nonprofit institution that has been preparing working adults to advance their careers and communities for over 50 years. Offering a variety of innovative, flexible degree programs, we make it possible for busy adults from various walks of life to realize personal and professional growth. We’re committed to providing the full range of support each student needs to change their lives and communities for the better.

The best way to make a change is getting a
good education.

– Mark, John F. Kennedy University College of Law Student

Requirements

The A.A. degree program is recommended for students who plan to further their education in a vocational field, seek entry-level employment, or pursue a four-year degree program. Degree-seeking students progress through the 60-unit curriculum by completing a specified number of General Education units in each content area and 15 units in a concentration. The below listed curriculum covers the 45 semester units for AA General Education Requirements. Visit the appropriate concentration page for the remaining curriculum.

  • General Education Requirement - 45
  • Concentration Courses - 15
  • Total Semester Units - 60

Available Concentrations

Liberal Arts

Through a broad range of general education courses, students develop their awareness of the key forces of societal change: social, cultural, historical, economic, political, and technological.

Criminal Justice

This concentration provides students with a solid foundation for future educational and career opportunities, with the concentration in Criminal Justice offering them a framework for starting out in the field.

Business

The concentration in Business specifically gears students toward further studies and/or a career in this field.

General Studies Curriculum

Associate of Arts
Units
CIS 101 Computer Literacy
3
This course covers software design, practical implications of computer technology, and the legal ethical issues and practices pertaining to computer use from the internet on authoring and identity.
COM 146 Communication
3
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of public speaking. These basics include every step of the process, from researching to outlining to delivering a speech. Learning experiences will also focus on the relationship between speaking and listening, dealing with nervousness, gauging an audience, and using visual aids as support. Students will be asked to give an array of speeches that will enhance their appreciation of and comfort with the art of speaking.
ENG 101A Reading and Composition
3
Reading and interpreting a variety of narrative and expository texts including essays, fiction, and one longer, significant text. Students compose a sequence of expository essays and a research paper. Instruction emphasizes reading and writing as discourse with a focus on thesis formation, sentence and paragraph structure and essay development. (Acceptable placement score or passing grade on developmental work required.)
ENG 101B Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing
3
Reading to analyze, evaluate and form rational arguments through inquiry and research. Develops skills of reasoning, argumentation, drawing conclusions from evidence, and inductive and deductive thinking. Work is contextualized in the critical analysis of current issues that affect daily life.
HIS 101 American History
3
This course examines political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life from the discovery of America until 1877.
MTH 115 College Algebra
3
Topics discussed include functions and graphs; rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; systems of equations.
PHL 263 Social Ethics
3
This course surveys the ethical writings and thoughts of philosophers including Plato, John Stuart Mills, Friedrich Nietzsche, Garrett Hardin, and Peter Singer. Students study the fundamental ethical questions of the self, and justice to ethical business practices and environmental responsibility in both historical and contemporary contexts.
PHL 271 Philosophy
3
Philosophy is foundational to most disciplines in that it addresses questions about the way the world is or should be, about what is right or wrong, and about what is or can be known. In this course, students consider perspectives of great thinkers, including voices from non-Western perspectives. From these ideas, students will begin to develop their own questions about the foundational issues of what we think, do, and know, and how these impact how we live and believe.
Associate of Arts
Units
PHY 155 Physics
3
This course focuses on mechanics, covering the following topics: motion in one and two dimensions; Newton’s laws; statics; work, energy and power; and momentum.
POL 241 American Government
3
A study of the principles and problems of American government, including the U.S. Constitution and the concept of Federalism, and the organization and functions of federal, state, and local governments.
PSC 152 Physical Science
3
Introduction to the physical sciences, including selected topics from astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology, oceanography, and physics.
PSS 100 Academic Strategies
3
In this course students develop skills and plans that will help them succeed throughout their academic programs. This includes how to set and reach goals, manage physical health and stress, build and maintain strong support systems, stay organized, practice effective reading and writing strategies, and prepare for exams.
PSY 221 Psychology
3
This course introduces the principal areas, problems, and concepts of psychology, including perception, thinking, motivation, personality, and social behavior.
SSC 304 World Religions
3
This course is a study of traditional religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Special attention is focused upon the worldview inherent in the religions and the social and cultural impact of these views.
SOC 230 Sociology
3
This course provides an introduction to society, culture, and personality. Major problem areas examined are the interaction of culture and personality, socialization, social change, prejudice, and large group behavior.
Associate of Arts
Units
PHY 155 Physics
3
This course focuses on mechanics, covering the following topics: motion in one and two dimensions; Newton’s laws; statics; work, energy and power; and momentum.
POL 241 American Government
3
A study of the principles and problems of American government, including the U.S. Constitution and the concept of Federalism, and the organization and functions of federal, state, and local governments.
PSC 152 Physical Science
3
Introduction to the physical sciences, including selected topics from astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology, oceanography, and physics.
PSS 100 Academic Strategies
3
In this course students develop skills and plans that will help them succeed throughout their academic programs. This includes how to set and reach goals, manage physical health and stress, build and maintain strong support systems, stay organized, practice effective reading and writing strategies, and prepare for exams.
PSY 221 Psychology
3
This course introduces the principal areas, problems, and concepts of psychology, including perception, thinking, motivation, personality, and social behavior.
SSC 304 World Religions
3
This course is a study of traditional religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Special attention is focused upon the worldview inherent in the religions and the social and cultural impact of these views.
SOC 230 Sociology
3
This course provides an introduction to society, culture, and personality. Major problem areas examined are the interaction of culture and personality, socialization, social change, prejudice, and large group behavior.