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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.

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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5
week course format
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7
start dates per year
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Graduate in as few as
18 months
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36
total credit hours
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$450
per credit hour
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Learn entirely online or on campus one night a week

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.
  • 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.
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“[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,”
Nikki Buckelew
B.S. Family Studies and Gerontology & M.S. Counseling Psychology

Courses

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. 

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

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.

PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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.

FAMILY COMMUNICATION

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

ADULTHOOD & AGING

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.

FAMILY: DYNAMICS & STRUCTURE

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.

INTRO TO SOCIAL SERVICES SEMINAR

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. 

DATA ANALYSIS METHODS

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.

INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING

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

BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES IN WESTERN CULTURE

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.

FAMILY: COPING WITH CRISES

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.

INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION

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

ASSESSMENT AND WELLNESS

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.

DEATH, GRIEF & LOSS

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.

PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL: ETHICS AND VALUES

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.

SOCIAL SERVICES RESOURCES/PRACTICUM

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

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Tulsa
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Online
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Bethany
“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

Admissions

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 degrees.snu.edu/apply

Step 2. Complete your FAFSA at fafsa.gov using school code 003149

Step 3. Send official transcripts from any colleges you have attended to SNU at pgsadmissions@snu.edu 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.

Locations

Online

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

Bethany Campus

6729 NW 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK 73008
Phone: +1 (405) 491-6332
pgs@snu.edu

 

Tulsa Campus

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

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