Program Overview

Starting with an inaugural class this fall, earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and open up pathways to a broad range of professions or further graduate studies, including marketing, human resources, education, counseling, and criminal justice. Throughout your program, you’ll explore multiple perspectives of human thought processes, such as biological, behavioral, cognitive, socio-cultural and developmental. You’ll also gain additional expertise by selecting a specialization in early childhood education, criminal justice, and industrial-organizational.

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:

  • Identify, describe, and communicate the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology
  • Design, implement, and communicate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretations
  • Use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to address issues related to behavior and mental processes
  • Apply psychological principles to individual, interpersonal, group, and societal issues
  • Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and recognize your role and responsibility as a member of society

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

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of study. Students in this program must complete 54 units of core General Education courses, 42 units within their chosen major, and 24 units of courses from an academic concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study at JFKU Online powered by FlexCourse℠. The Below listed curriculum covers the 42 semester units from the academic major.

  • General Education Requirement - 54
  • Major - 42
  • Academic Minor/Concentration - 24
  • Total Semester Units - 120

Available Concentrations

BA in Psychology, Concentration in Early Childhood Education

Integrate developmental theories that address the needs of diverse learners into teaching and classroom management in preschool and child development settings.

BA in Psychology, Concentration in Criminal Justice

This program is designed to help prepare individuals for careers in criminal justice administration, counseling, corrections, juvenile justice programs, and public welfare agencies.

BA in Psychology, Concentration in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

This field of study involves the application of psychological principles to workplace issues to include: selecting employees best suited for particular jobs, developing and training employees, and improving worker productivity.

Curriculum

The Psychology major explores multiple perspectives of human action and behavior. Students learn to conduct research and to evaluate other’s research with the goal of increasing our understanding of human nature. The psychology major is designed to prepare the student for the next step after undergraduate studies, whether it is immediate employment or graduate school. The degree includes a choice of concentrations in Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, or Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Units
PSY 301 Psychological Testing and Assessment
3
Theory and principles of assessment and testing, including the construction, reliability, validity and application of assessment methods and devices in various professional settings, are explored.
PSY 302 Learning Theory
3
This course explores empirical findings and theoretical development in the area of learning and their applications to human behavior.
PSY 311 Experimental Psychology
3
This course covers philosophy, methodology and analysis of the experimental method. It includes discussions of problems in conducting and evaluating psychological research.
PSY 312 Lifespan Development
3
This course is a study of the spiritual, cognitive, psychological, social, and physical as related to human growth and development from birth through adulthood.
PSY 321 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
3
This course provides an understanding of basic statistics for psychological research from descriptive and inferential statistics including correlation, regression, analysis of variance, and several nonparametric tests.
PSY 322 Personality Theories
3
An overview of personality theories includes the major schools: analytic or dynamic, humanistic-existential, and behavioral. An integrative model will also be presented.
PSY 355 Child Growth and Development
3
This is an in-depth study of theory and research concerning the childhood period from conception through preadolescence. Genetic maturational factors along with their interaction with experiential factors will be examined as to their effect upon behavior. Both pathogenic and adaptive patterns will be addressed with a view to facilitating optimal development and socialization of children.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Units
PSY 375 Biological Basis of Behavior
3
This course is an exploration of the anatomical and physiological systems that influence human behavior. Topics include the acquisition and processing of sensory information, the neural control of movement, and the biological basis of complex behaviors (e.g., sleep, learning, memory, sex, language, and addiction), The basic functioning of the nervous system is also considered.
PSY 389 Cross-Cultural Psychology
3
This course provides an opportunity to explore how culture affects various mental and emotional states, including problem solving and parenting as well as child development. Students will gain an understanding of interconnectedness, difference, and diversity in a global society.
PSY 403 Human Sexuality
3
This provides an examination of human sexual functioning, behavior, relationships, and feelings. Issues of sexuality are discussed within spiritual, psychological, cultural, and medical-related perspectives.
PSY 411 Abnormal Psychology
3
This course is an overview of the major theories, concepts, issues, data and research methodologies of abnormal psychology. Assessment, treatment, and prevention are emphasized.
PSY 421 Social Psychology
3
The analysis of social behavior includes social cognition, attitude formation and change, conformity, prejudice, and group processes. Both theory and research findings will be examined.
PSY 422 Psychology of the Family
3
An overview of developmental and systematic theories of family functioning, with an emphasis on the impact of family on individual development, is examined.
PSY 476 Counseling
3
The course provides critical guidance and help in comprehending the overall nature of professional counseling. Resources explore the “how” and “why” of professional counseling in its various definitions and emphases.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Units
PSY 375 Biological Basis of Behavior
3
This course is an exploration of the anatomical and physiological systems that influence human behavior. Topics include the acquisition and processing of sensory information, the neural control of movement, and the biological basis of complex behaviors (e.g., sleep, learning, memory, sex, language, and addiction), The basic functioning of the nervous system is also considered.
PSY 389 Cross-Cultural Psychology
3
This course provides an opportunity to explore how culture affects various mental and emotional states, including problem solving and parenting as well as child development. Students will gain an understanding of interconnectedness, difference, and diversity in a global society.
PSY 403 Human Sexuality
3
This provides an examination of human sexual functioning, behavior, relationships, and feelings. Issues of sexuality are discussed within spiritual, psychological, cultural, and medical-related perspectives.
PSY 411 Abnormal Psychology
3
This course is an overview of the major theories, concepts, issues, data and research methodologies of abnormal psychology. Assessment, treatment, and prevention are emphasized.
PSY 421 Social Psychology
3
The analysis of social behavior includes social cognition, attitude formation and change, conformity, prejudice, and group processes. Both theory and research findings will be examined.
PSY 422 Psychology of the Family
3
An overview of developmental and systematic theories of family functioning, with an emphasis on the impact of family on individual development, is examined.
PSY 476 Counseling
3
The course provides critical guidance and help in comprehending the overall nature of professional counseling. Resources explore the “how” and “why” of professional counseling in its various definitions and emphases.