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 campuses. 

MODULE 1
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.

MODULE 2
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.

MODULE 3
SP C 3462 – Family Communication
This course examines interpersonal communication and the factors that influence its effectiveness in professional, family, and personal relationships.

MODULE 4
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.

MODULE 5
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.

MODULE 6
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 availability of public and private resources. This course involves work in a community setting.

MODULE 7
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.

MODULE 8
PSY 3423 – Introduction to Counseling
This course combines the relevant principles and techniques of counseling and is designed to develop counseling competency.

MODULE 9
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.

MODULE 10
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.

MODULE 11
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.

MODULE 12
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.

MODULE 13
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.

MODULE 14
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.

MODULE 15
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, dated within the past six (6) months, and be sealed in an unopened official university envelope. E-Transcripts may also be sent electronically by the previous institution to pgs@snu.edu .

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

Entrance Guidelines

As adults, you have accumulated a variety of life learning experiences, and at SNU you can receive college credit for what you have learned from those experiences. With this in mind, we feel that learners under the age of 25 could be at a disadvantage. Therefore, learners who are under 25 years of age and are entering a degree completion program or are 23 years of age and are taking accelerated general education courses must meet the following guidelines: Have a minimum of two years of significant full-time work experience beyond high school and submit three letters of recommendation.

Credit Hours

In order to be accepted into one of the degree completion programs, learners need a minimum of 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited institution. If you do not have the required 60 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 4, 2019 – Bethany
Thursday, March 7, 2019 – Tulsa
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – Bethany

Total program cost includes tuition, a laptop, books, fees, advisement, student services, library fees, portfolio hours, cap and gown for graduation, etc. Total program cost is locked in at the program start and good for the duration of a program if the program is completed according to the original program of study.

Program Costs

Business Administration

Family Studies & Gerontology

General Studies

Network Management

Organizational Leadership

$20,085

$20,085

$20,085

$25,040

$20,085

Fewer than 60 Hours?

Accelerated General Education Courses

$999 (per 3 hour course)

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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