Ways to Learn

  • On Campus

Program Length

  • 180 Quarter Units

Contact

Overview

In as little as 18 months and with on-campus classes just one day per week, students can earn their undergraduate degree in psychology from JFK University. Our Bachelor of Arts Completion Program in Psychology is designed for working adults looking to finish their degree while taking advantage of the many potential career opportunities available to those holding undergraduate degrees in psychology.

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology opens up pathways to a broad range of possible professions. Graduates take their psychology degrees with them into a variety of fields from social work to the social sciences, from human resources to the liberal arts. Those who decide to continue their education beyond their undergraduate degree can pursue graduate studies in a variety of fields, from business to counseling psychology to law. A better understanding of human psychology is beneficial to all walks of life and can lead to greater self-knowledge and life satisfaction.

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Highlights

  • Fit Your Education In with online courses and a program that condenses all your on-campus classes into one day per week
  • Apply Previously Earned Credits to graduate sooner
  • Start Anytime
  • Earn Undergraduate and Graduate Credits with the Linked Degree Option

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students completing the Bachelor’s program in Psychology will be able to do the following:

  • 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 their role and responsibility as a member of society.

Learn About Our New JFKu Online Options.

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.

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

Curriculum

REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete 180 quarter units to receive this Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

The 180 units include 45 Lower-Division General Education units required prior to admission. Students lacking these courses may take approved upper-division courses at JFK University, earn credit through CLEP or DANTES tests, or take approved courses from local community colleges.

The study plan below assumes entry to the program with ~98 quarter units with all lower division general education requirements completed.

Fall - First Year
Units
LIB3000 Education, Self and Community
2, Online
LIB3146 Information Literacy
2, Online
PYC3000 History of Psychology
4
Investigates the origins and history of psychology, focusing on key questions, systems, processes, and methods, and how they have influenced contemporary trends.
PYC3100 Developmental Psychology
4
An exploration of infant, child, and adolescent behavior and growth within the context of developmental psychology and the human life cycle. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
Winter - First Year
Units
LIB3100 Critical Thinking & Writing
4, Online
LIB3303 Statistics for the Social Sciences
4, Online
PYC4221 Abnormal Psychology
4
This course explores the definitions, categories, and characteristics of abnormal behaviors from biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural perspectives. examines various treatment concepts while maintaining a sensitivity to cultural constructions of “abnormality.”
Spring - First Year
Units
LIB3145 Research Writing
4, Online
PYC4222 Cognitive Psychology
4
This course explores the major concepts, theories, and research in the field of cognitive psychology. We will examine how people perceive, learn, remember, and think about information. Topics include: perception, attention, consciousness, memory, knowledge (representation, organization and manipulation), problem solving, reasoning, decision making, language, and intelligence.
PYC3200 Theories of Personality
4
Students study the major personality theories and therapeutic applications in clinical psychology, including body-oriented and transpersonal psychotherapies. Theorists include Freud, Jung, Ellis, Perls, and Rogers. Course may be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
Summer - First Year
Units
LIB3300 Research Methods
4, Online
PYC3210 Social Psychology
4
Examines how social factors influence the feelings, beliefs, and behaviors of others. Explores such topics as: conformity, mass communication, propaganda, persuasion, social cognition, self-justification, aggression, prejudice, liking, loving, and interpersonal sensitivity. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
JFKU Elective Course
4
Fall - Second Year
Units
PYC3220 Biological Psychology
4
This course explores the acquisition and processing of sensory information, the neural control of movement, the biological bases of complex behaviors (such as sleep, learning, memory, sex, language, and addiction), as well as the basic functioning of the nervous system. It focuses on the brain’s interrelations with the mind and behavior and how brain malfunctions produce mental disorders.
PYC4007 Psychology of Learning
4
This survey course addresses historical and current theoretical assumptions and approaches to learning and cognition. Special attention is given to the relationship between learning and cognitive process. Topics addressed include operant conditioning, social learning theory, learning styles, perception, memory, problem solving, thinking, and intelligence.
JFKU Elective Course
4
SVL 4000, Service Learning
0
Winter - Second Year
Units
PYC4220 Cross-Cultural Psychology
4
Explores the major concepts, theories, and research in the field of cognitive psychology. examines how people perceive, learn, remember, and think about information. Topics include: perception, attention, consciousness, memory, knowledge (representation, organization and manipulation), problem solving, reasoning, decision making, language, and intelligence.
PYC3205 Counseling Psychology
4
Explores the basic concepts of the helping professions. Includes exercises to integrate practical skills with a conceptual framework. For students who have little or no experience in the field. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
PYC4999 Senior Capstone
4, Online
This culminating course offers students the opportunity to integrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of major psychological concepts, theories, techniques, research findings, and practices. A significant topic will be explored from the multiple perspectives of the major subfields of psychology.
Winter - First Year
Units
LIB3100 Critical Thinking & Writing
4, Online
LIB3303 Statistics for the Social Sciences
4, Online
PYC4221 Abnormal Psychology
4
This course explores the definitions, categories, and characteristics of abnormal behaviors from biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural perspectives. examines various treatment concepts while maintaining a sensitivity to cultural constructions of “abnormality.”
Summer - First Year
Units
LIB3300 Research Methods
4, Online
PYC3210 Social Psychology
4
Examines how social factors influence the feelings, beliefs, and behaviors of others. Explores such topics as: conformity, mass communication, propaganda, persuasion, social cognition, self-justification, aggression, prejudice, liking, loving, and interpersonal sensitivity. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
JFKU Elective Course
4
Winter - Second Year
Units
PYC4220 Cross-Cultural Psychology
4
Explores the major concepts, theories, and research in the field of cognitive psychology. examines how people perceive, learn, remember, and think about information. Topics include: perception, attention, consciousness, memory, knowledge (representation, organization and manipulation), problem solving, reasoning, decision making, language, and intelligence.
PYC3205 Counseling Psychology
4
Explores the basic concepts of the helping professions. Includes exercises to integrate practical skills with a conceptual framework. For students who have little or no experience in the field. May be applied toward the lower-division general-education social science breadth requirement.
PYC4999 Senior Capstone
4, Online
This culminating course offers students the opportunity to integrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of major psychological concepts, theories, techniques, research findings, and practices. A significant topic will be explored from the multiple perspectives of the major subfields of psychology.

Faculty

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