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Bachelor of Science in Family Studies & Gerontology 

Learn to transform our society by maximizing their knowledge of human development, social services, aging, and family dynamics.

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Program Overview

Professionals educated in Family Studies and Gerontology will play a pivotal role in our transforming society. Americans are aging and living longer, and young families are also caught in this sea of change. Whether you want to change or advance your career, you can make an impact in this field. 

By attending class one night a week, students can earn a bachelor’s degree while learning about family dynamics and relationships, the processes of development and aging, and the social service resources available in contemporary society. 

If you’ve earned some college credit and are ready to reach your goals, complete the information form to be contacted by one of our enrollment counselors. 

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How it Works

Earning a degree while working full time or raising a family has never been more possible. Here’s why adult students are thriving and reaching their goals at SNU:

  • Classes take place one night a week or entirely online.
  • Students focus on one class at a time to ensure true mastery and prevent overwhelm.
  • You can earn up to 30 hours of college credit for what you already know.
  • Earn up to 9 hours of college credit from field-specific credentials, certifications, or other professional development
  • Students study alongside other adults in similar stages of life.
  • Instructors with vast amounts of industry experience guide students through courses.
  • Textbooks are delivered directly to your door at the beginning of each class.
  • A dedicated student success advisor guides students through the duration of your studies.
  • "The model of prayer and having devotionals and having teachers that are available, a chaplain that is available at your leisure and is there to help you with your own self-care as an adult definitely helped sway my decision toward SNU"
    Dorsey Ramsey
    B.S. Family Studies and Gerontology & M.S. Counseling Psychology
  • "Being able to attend an educational institution that genuinely understands the importance of life, family, and faith is a blessing, and I'm very proud to say that I am a Southern Nazarene University alum today"
    Nina S
    B.S. Family Studies and Gerontology


    The Family Studies and Gerontology curriculum is designed to maximize your knowledge of human development, social services, aging, and family dynamics so you can provide the best service to others after graduation. 


    Credit hours: 3
    This course focuses on early development—conception through adolescence. Emphasis is placed on understanding the physical, psychological and social processes that form the foundation upon which development rests.


    Credit hours: 2
    This course examines adult learning theory and various learning styles. The course provides a model that is used to analyze life experience.


    Credit hours: 2
    This course examines interpersonal communication and the factors that influence its effectiveness in professional, family, and personal relationships.


    Credit hours: 3
    This course provides a study of development from young adulthood through later life. An introduction to the field of gerontology is also given.


    Credit hours: 2
    This course studies the origin, development, functions, and problems of the basic social institution of our culture—the family. A systems approach is used to study the relationships and dynamics of family functioning.


    Credit hours: 0
    This seminar examines the social, economic, and legal services that are relevant to the family and later life adults. Special coverage will be given to the availability of public and private resources. This seminar lays the foundational framework for the practicum in a community setting and the research component. 


    Credit hours: 3
    This course provides a survey and application of the basic data analysis methods used in the process of evaluation, including a study of both descriptive and inferential statistical methods.


    Credit hours: 3
    This course combines the relevant principles and techniques of counseling and is designed to develop counseling competency.


    Credit hours: 3
    This course provides study of the Bible as a foundation to an understanding of Western culture and history. The course also explores the Relevance of the Bible to modern day life.


    Credit hours: 3
    This course examines the various crises and transitions which a family can experience throughout its various stages, as well as the dynamics of relationships and coping strategies for times of transition and crisis.


    Credit hours: 2
    This course examines management styles and supervisory principles relevant to the administration of programs for the family and aging individuals.


    Credit hours: 2
    This course examines the techniques for assessing the physical, mental, social, and emotional status of the adult in later life. Emphasis will be given to the development of appropriate methods for optimizing the functioning of the aging individual.


    Credit hours: 2
    This course explores the modern concepts of death and loss in contemporary society. The course examines the symptoms of grief and loss, and available coping strategies.


    Credit hours: 3
    This capstone course examines various theories of man and their relevance to personal and social values. The course provides the basis to formulate or clarify a philosophy of life that is consistent with the demands of a responsible lifestyle in the contemporary world.


    Credit hours: 3
    This intensive, field experience-based learning opportunity begins in the Intro. to Social Services Seminar and through independent sequential study, spans the final two thirds of the FSG program of study.  Focus is given to a unique learner specific hands on experiential learning opportunity incorporating a practicum research component, providing a more relevant and meaningful course of study.

    Upcoming Start Dates

    Monday, August 12, 2024
    Wednesday, August 14, 2024
    Tuesday, April 1, 2025
    Tuesday, April 1, 2025
    Wednesday, April 2, 2025

    Meet the Program Director

    Dr. Delilah Joiner Martin

    Family Studies & Gerontology

    I have worked with SNU for most of my adult professional life. Through the years, I have held various positions and been blessed to have learned much from colleagues and learners alike. I have been provided immeasurable opportunities and have made many cherished memories. In many respects, higher education and SNU has truly become my home away from home. I believe that the gift of working in higher education has certainly been a worthwhile place for me to invest a full measure of my life. In my world away from SNU, one will find a loving husband, grown children, grandchildren, extended family, and many precious friends.

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    There is a thought that I treasure that has influenced me deeply by John Wesley. Wesley is attributed to having cultivated the idea of faith-mentoring pairs and twin souls in relation to the spiritual journey. It has been written that John Wesley "discovered what Italian author Lucian de Crescenzo knew: 'We are, each of us angels with only one wing, and we can fly embracing each other'" (Tracy, 2003, p. 19). In our mission in higher education, we have the privilege and great honor to come alongside our adult learners for only a short season but it is my earnest prayer that in our season together, we will help our learners find their other wing and be provided the opportunity to fly.

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    Enrolling at SNU is a simple process. With rolling start dates, there’s no need to wait months at a time to begin your educational journey. Plus, our generous transfer policy, enhanced advanced standing, and prior learning assessment can shorten your path to graduation. Once you are ready, take the following steps:

    Step 1. Apply online at

    Step 2. Complete your FAFSA at using school code 003149

    Step 3. Send official transcripts from any colleges you have attended to SNU at or ATTN: SNU PGS Admissions, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

    You will be contacted regarding any supporting materials we may need. Upon acceptance, your student success advisor will help you enroll and prepare for success as an adult student at SNU.



    Online classes are specially
    designed for professional &
    graduate studies.
    Phone: +1 (405) 491-6332

    Bethany Campus

    6729 NW 39th Expressway
    Bethany, OK 73008
    Phone: +1 (405) 491-6332


    Tulsa Campus

    8210 E. Regal Ct.
    Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
    Phone: +1 (918) 664-4100

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