General Education Courses

Whether you had to leave college because of financial, family or professional pressures, it’s time to finish what you started. Now, as a working adult, you’re ready to complete your degree and advance in your career.

Complete your general education courses in an accelerated format in-person or online to get one step closer to your degree.

If you are ready to reach your goals, complete the information form to be contacted by one of our admissions representatives and find a plan that works for you.

*General Education courses can be completed on the Bethany and Tulsa campuses and online.

Abnormal Psychology
This module is designed to introduce students to the study of abnormal psychology. In addition to becoming familiar with the definitions and the common classification system of abnormal behavior, students will have the opportunity to explore many complex issues associated with human behavior. Such issues include the contemporary theories of causes of behavior disorders and the benefits and dangers of defining abnormal behavior and applying diagnostic “labels”.

This course covers the fundamentals of financial accounting as well as the identification, measurement, and reporting of economic events on enterprises. Accounting information is examined from the perspective of effective management decision making with special emphasis on the planning and control responsibilities of practicing managers. In addition, there is an overview of financial statement analysis.

America in Vietnam
In this course, learners will trace the evolution of America’s Cold War foreign policy as it developed in response to events in French Indochina (what is today Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam). The course will examine how the United States became involved, especially in Vietnam, and the importance of America’s containment policy. Learners will assess the ramifications of this policy on the people of Southeast Asia, the American presidency, and American soldiers and civilians.

Digital Photography
This course introduces digital photography as a medium and an integral part of today’s digital literacy. The course includes the study of photography as an art form, as well as, explores hands-on manipulation of camera controls and post processing using Adobe Lightroom Software.

Earth’s Natural Disasters
Natural disasters occur worldwide causing tens, even hundreds, of thousands of deaths and tens of billions of dollars of damage per year. Such events include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, floods, landslides, hurricanes, and tornadoes. While fatalities tend to be greatest in densely populated areas, financial and insurance losses from natural disasters are greatest in wealthy countries with more infrastructure to be damaged and where insurance coverage is greater. Knowledge of the size and frequency (or the inverse, return period) of past events helps in assessing the likelihood of future disasters and is essential in the development of mitigation strategies to minimize death and damage. Another part of the puzzle is accurate analysis of both benefits and costs of possible mitigation strategies.

Genre Studies: Intro to Film Studies
Throughout this module, we will apply the tools of formal narrative analysis and of historical and cultural analysis to the American film industry. We will explore how Hollywood films work technically, aesthetically and culturally to reinforce and challenge America’s cultural history and national self-image. We will analyze the relationship between American film and American social and historical reality.

History of Popular American Music
A study of the history and roots of American music that led and influenced the development of today’s American music.

History of Art
This course surveys specific historical periods of visual art. It deals with the appreciation, interpretation, individual perception and language of art.

Intercultural Communication
This module provides an introduction to the communication which takes place when people of different cultures interact. This course surveys differences in cultures that can create obstacles to understanding and communication and offers suggestions for dealing with these obstacles and thus achieving intercultural communication competence.

Integrated Software Applications
This is an introductory course providing computer experience in a wide variety of application software. Applications include word processing, electronic spreadsheets, presentation software and desktop publishing.

Interview Techniques
Interview Techniques will teach learners how to successfully conduct an interview. Almost every profession requires both formal and informal interviewing skills. Whether the learner plans to use the skills learned in counseling, Christian service, journalism, social work, health and medicine, education, law, management, law enforcement, etc., the practice and theory will prove to be valuable and useful.

Introduction to Astronomy
This course provides an introductory overview of the principal topics and methods of modern astronomy. You will learn about astronomical structures such as stars, planets, and galaxies. You will be asked to envision astronomical distances and time scales. The life cycles of stars and element production will be examined. Cosmology, the large-scale structure and history of the universe, will be explored. You will see how conditions necessary for life are constrained by astronomical habitat: Life requires the right astronomical niche.

Introduction to Corrections
A survey of U.S. corrections systems with cross cultural comparison, history, current approaches, issues and employment opportunities are discussed.

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 
This module is an upper-division survey of the cultures of our world with a special look at non-western societies. The course will provide tools for more effective intercultural communication as well as giving us a mirror in which to see our own cultural groups more clearly.

Introduction to the Holocaust 
A study of the history of Anti-Semitism with special attention to the twentieth-century Nazi phenomenon of the “Final Solution” which led to the holocaust, Jewish responses to Anti-Semitism and reflections on the holocaust.

Introduction to Literature
This course will explore the concept that artistic expression reflects real life situations, problems, concerns, and emotions common to all people throughout the ages.  This class is designed to help the learner achieve an appreciation and an understanding of literature as an extension of the human psyche.

Introduction to World Religions
Introduction to World Religion gives learners an introduction to some of the major world religions like Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Sikhism, and briefly covers the tenets of faith of Zoroastrianism and Jainism. This course surveys the basic beliefs and practices of these religions. It is designed to help the learner be aware of other religious traditions in our community and so be better informed of the religious melting pot around us.

Math Concepts: Discrete Math
A general education course designed to enhance the learner’s abilities to analyze and solve problems mathematically and to communicate results in writing.

Oklahoma History
This course examines the social, economic, political, and philosophical/theological history of Oklahoma from the time of its earliest known pre-historical human inhabitants to the present.

Social Problems
This course examines the major social problems in the United States and compares/contrasts these with social concerns in a global perspective.

Sociology of the Family
A study of the origin, development, functions, and problems of a basic social institution of our culture, the family. The effects of modern social and economic conditions on contemporary family life are reviewed.

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

Entrance Guidelines

General Education courses allow students to obtain college credit in an accelerated manner. Using an open enrollment format, adult students select schedules and classes tailored to individual needs. The accelerated courses are designed to assist students in reaching 48 college credit hours needed to enter a degree completion program (Business Administration, Family Studies & Gerontology, and Network Management, and Organizational Leadership). Classes meet one night a week.

Start dates for General Education courses are scheduled throughout the year.  To find out when the next course begins please call (405) 491-6332 or email

Fewer than 48 Hours?

Accelerated General Education Courses

$299/Credit Hour

*Effective July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

NOTE: Tuition and any program fees are due at the first night of class. 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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