General Business Program

The General Business degree and certificate programs are designed to provide students with a broad basis and foundational background in business without the depth in a particular business discipline. These programs focus on the theoretical and practical skills necessary for students to work in a variety of entry level positions in business, government and non profits.  Typical entry level jobs with an Associates Degree in General Business include: Accounting/Bookkeeping, Human Resources, Customer Service, Sales, Receptionist, or Administrative Assistant.


Associate in Science Degree in General Business           

The General Business concentration allows students to earn the Associate Degree in two years, while partially preparing them for transfer into the Business Administration major at a four year college or university.  In addition, the program prepares the student for an entry level position in a variety of business office settings. For infomation about an Associate in Science degree, with a major in General Business, see curriculum


General Business Certificate of Accomplishment

The credit General Business Certificate of Accomplishment is an excellent introduction for students who want to learn more about the overall field of business, and is designed to provide students with a foundational background in business.  Courses focus on the theoretical and practical skills necessary for students to work in a variety of entry level positions in both the private and public sectors. For details about the certificate, please see the curriculum.



Please see FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.


General Business Jobs

Please see the Occupational Outlook Handbook for information about occupations in business and finance.


General Business Courses

Classes are offered in the day and evening and are located at the Ocean Campus. Some classes may be available online.  Please see the class schedule for current semester schedule.


Program Coordinator

photo of Susan Bernton

Susan Berston
Coordinator General Business program
City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Avenue, Cloud 106
San Francisco, CA  94112
Office:  Cloud Hall 105
Phone:  (415) 452-5921

General Business 119 class website  (Instructor Susan Berston)

How to Enroll

It’s easy to start the program. Apply to the college, then register for one or more classes. See the steps to becoming a credit student. You may also contact the Office of Admissions at (415) 239-3285. Please refer to tuition information for specifics on City College tuition costs. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. You may also call the Financial Aid Office at (415) 239-3577.


For questions about your educational plan and requirements please speak to a counselor.


Applying for a Degree or Certificate

When you have completed all the required classes, fill out a petition for graduation for a degree or a petition for a certificate. The petition form is available in Admissions and Records, Conlan Hall, Room 107, and should be submitted at the beginning of the semester that you complete all the requirements. Petitions must submitted by the deadline posted in the Calendar of Instruction.