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 admissions representatives. 

What Makes This Program Unique?
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.
  • Students focus on one class at a time.
  • You can earn college credit for what you already know.
  • 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.

Career Outcomes
If you’re interested in family life, lifespan development, or gerontology, majoring in Family Studies and Gerontology could be a great strategy for you. Many graduates find it offers both interesting and applicable coursework, as well as opens the doors for a variety of career options where they can make a real difference in the lives of others. Some career paths SNU grads have followed are:

  • Case Manager
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Mental health coordinator
  • Victim’s witness coordinator
  • Program coordinator
  • Membership director
  • Wellness coach
  • Hospital patient family representative
  • Children’s services worker
  • Foster care coordinator

If these careers or another path where you can directly impact the lives of others align with your goals and desired lifestyle, apply today! Our application takes less than five minutes!

Student Testimonials
“[My success] is all because I went through those two programs at SNU that gave me what I consider a very well-rounded view of gerontology and the family systems,” said Nikki Buckelew, B.S. in Family Studies and Gerontology graduate and M.S. in Counseling Psychology graduate from SNU.

“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,” said Dorsey Ramsey, who has graduated from the Family Studies and Gerontology program, the Counseling Psychology program, and is currently working toward his MBA.

Bethany, Tulsa, and Online

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.

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 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.

Don’t wait to make your dreams happen. Begin working toward your degree as soon as possible with start dates occurring throughout the year! Once accepted, you will be able to set your start for the soonest start date, as space allows, or plan for future enrollment.


February 1, 2021 - Bethany
February 3, 2021 - Online
March 8, 2021 - Tulsa
April 6, 2021 - Bethany


We strive to deliver valuable programs to you at an affordable price, with help from financial aid options such as grants, scholarships, tuition assistance, loans, and more. All tuition and fees are listed below so you can feel confident in your decision to enroll at SNU without unexpected expenses. To learn about the resources available to you, visit our financial aid page and connect with a representative to discuss your unique needs.

Program Length: 36 Credit Hours

Tuition: $450 per Credit Hour*

Fees: N/A

Textbooks: Students are automatically opted in to a program that will deliver books to their home addresses before each course. If desired, students have the option to choose a different plan offered through Tree of Life or opt out of all Tree of Life textbook plans and order books elsewhere.

*Effective June 1, 2020- July 1, 2021

Going back to school for your bachelor’s degree as an adult student is a huge investment in your future. Be sure you have all the tools you need to ensure you’re making the right decision and that you will be successful on your educational journey.

Choosing the Right Program
We want to help you make the decision that will lead you to your goals. Learn how a Family Studies and Gerontology degree from the right university can position you for success in the ever-changing world of family dynamics.

Careers You Can Have with a Family Studies and Gerontology Degree
Work with the Elderly Outside of Retirement Homes
Why You Should Finish Your Bachelor’s Degree
How to Choose Your Major
How Adult Students Are Positioned for Success5 Questions Adults Should Ask Before Going Back to School
How a Bachelor’s Degree Boosts Earning Potential
What is an Accredited College and How Does it Affect Your Education?

Selecting the Right Format
Choosing the right learning format is an important aspect of setting yourself up for success as an adult student. These resources can help you choose between online and in-person options, understand the value of accelerated courses, and more.

Why Accelerated Courses Work for Adults
Public vs. Private Universities
Benefits of Adult College Programs

Getting Started and Enrolling
Going back to school doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Understand what you need to know when entering the world of academia, like how to finance your degree, how to gather transcripts, and applying for college.

Are You Ready for College?
Your Most Pressing Financial Aid Questions Answered
Everything You Need to Know about College Transcripts
How to Use Prior Learning to Graduate with Your Bachelor’s Sooner

Succeeding as an Adult Student
Many adults have thrived at SNU at all of our locations, including online. See some of these resources to learn how they have done it and prepare yourself to do the same!

How to Get Energy for Class
Use These Resources to Succeed as an Adult Student
Five FREE Time Management Tools for Adult Students
How to Excel as a Student with a Full-Time Job
How Adult Students Can Achieve Work-Life Balance
10 Must-Use Apps for Adult College Students

Succeeding as a Military Student
You’ve served your country, and that gives you a unique view of the world, approach education and the benefits you receive as an adult student. Our VETS Center is fully-staffed and here to assist students as they return to school, and we also share veteran-specific information on our blog. See some of the resources below or contact our VETS Center directly if you would like further support.

VA Headaches? Here’s What the Best Universities for Veterans Offer
Top 4 Financial Aid Options for Veterans You Don’t Have to Pay Back
What Are Your Options for VA Education Benefits?
What Veterans Need to Know Before Going Back to School
How SNU Serves Veterans

Looking for more ways to make the most of your educational investment? Get free ebooks on topics important to adult students, information-rich infographics, and regular tips on succeeding as an adult student on our blog.