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

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.

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.