Family Studies & Gerontology

You were made for more. 

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.  

*The Family Studies and Gerontology program is offered at the Bethany and Tulsa locations. 

PSY 3133 – Human Development
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.

PSY 3412 – Personal & Professional Development
This course examines adult learning theory and various learning styles. The course provides a model that is used to analyze life experience.

SP C 3462 – Family Communication
This course examines interpersonal communication and the factors that influence its effectiveness in professional, family, and personal relationships.

PSY/SOC 4433 – Adulthood & Aging
This course provides a study of development from young adulthood through later life. An introduction to the field of gerontology is also given.

SOC 4442 – Family: Dynamics & Structure
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.

SOC 4530 – Intro to Social Services
This course 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 course involves work in a community setting.

STAT 3423 – Data Analysis Methods
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.

PSY 3423 – Introduction to Counseling
This course combines the relevant principles and techniques of counseling and is designed to develop counseling competency.

REL 3413 – Biblical Perspectives in Western Culture
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.

SOC 4453 – Family: Coping with Crises
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.

BADM 4442 – Introduction to Management & Administration
This course examines management styles and supervisory principles relevant to the administration of programs for the family and aging individual.

PSY 4522 – Assessment and Wellness
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.

SOC/PSY 3442 – Death, Grief & Loss
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.

GS 4423 – Personal & Professional: Ethics and Values
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.

SOC 4533 – Social Services Resources/Practicum

How to Apply

Step 1 Apply Online
Step 2 Send Transcripts

An official transcript is required from each College/University where credits were earned and used toward one’s undergraduate degree, directly or by way of credit transfer.

Once you have submitted an application, you will be personally contacted by an admissions representative within 48 hours. We will answer any questions at that time and get you started on your enrollment track. Space is limited, groups fill rapidly, so prompt enrollment is always encouraged.

Official transcripts must have the seal of granting university, and be sealed in an unopened official university envelope. E-Transcripts may also be sent electronically by the previous institution to .

For Bethany, Online, and Tulsa courses, send official transcripts to:
SNU School of Professional Studies
6729 NW 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK 73008

Credit Hours

In order to be accepted into one of the degree completion programs, learners need a minimum of 48 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited institution. If you do not have the required 48 credit hours you are eligible to take general education courses.

A total of 88 credit hours can be transferred from regionally accredited institutions. A maximum of 62 hours can be accepted from two-year institutions. Zero (remedial) level courses are not transferable.

Below are the scheduled start dates for the Family Studies & Gerontology program for Bethany and Tulsa.  New dates will be added as they are scheduled.

Monday, February 17, 2020 – Bethany
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – Tulsa
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – Bethany

Program Costs

Program Length: 36 Credit Hours

Tuition: $475/credit hour

Students will automatically opt into textbook rentals through the Tree of Life bookstore. 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 July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Fewer than 48 Hours?

Accelerated General Education Courses

$299/credit hour

NOTE: Tuition and any program fees are due at the Organizational Meeting. This includes the first installment if you are on a payment plan.

Southern Nazarene offers many resources to our Professional and Graduate students throughout the duration of the program.

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