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Bridge Program - Fewer than 60 hours - Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma 
Bridge Courses - At a Glance
Bridge courses are offered at our Bethany and Tulsa campuses.

Bridge is literally an academic bridge to get you from a limited number of college credits to a place where completing your degree is a realistic goal. It is a means to an end…fast, flexible and doable.

  • Bridge is designed to assist students in reaching 60 college credit hours needed to enter a degree completion program (Organizational Leadership, Business Administration, Family Studies & Gerontology, and Network Management) 
  • Courses help meet general education requirements and prepare you for a transition into the degree completion program of your choice
  • Accelerated and Flexible Format 
  • Attend class one night a week 
  • Adult students select schedules and classes tailored to individual needs 
  • Students must have 12 transferable credit hours to enter the Bridge program and a minimum of 23 years of age.
  • Available in Oklahoma City and Tulsa

Why Bridge? You may have started college in the past and had to leave because of financial, family or professional pressures. As a working adult, you may now be in a position to consider completing your degree to move further up the ladder in the workplace. You may have been in a college system briefly, but other responsibilities took priority. You are ready to resume your studies. You may have decided that college was not where you wanted to be earlier. Now is different. You are older and wiser about setting goals.

Bridge is literally an academic bridge to get you from a limited number of college credits to a place where completing your degree is a realistic goal. It is a means to an end…fast, flexible and doable.

There are many good reasons to enter the Bridge program. Our job is to make sure you meet your goals. Because your time is valuable, we use an accelerated and flexible format. The courses you take meet general education requirements and prepare you for a transition into a degree completion program. Bridge gives you a way to cross from one point to another in obtaining your undergraduate degree. Ultimately, your success is our goal.

The Bridge program allows students to obtain general education credit in an accelerated manner. Using an open enrollment format, adult students select schedules and classes tailored to individual needs. Bridge is designed to assist students in reaching 60 college credit hours needed to enter a degree completion program (Organizational Leadership, Business Administration, Family Studies & Gerontology and Network Management). Students must have 12 transferable credit hours to enter the Bridge program. Classes meet one night a week. 

Courses offered include:

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".

Accounting (Prerequisite for BSBA Program Only)
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.

American Cinema and Culture
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.

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.

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.

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 Christian Thought 
This course explores what it means to be a Christian in beliefs and in life. We will ask such questions as: What does the Bible say? What has the Church said? Why does it make sense to believe certain things and act in certain ways? We will begin with biblical foundations. We will explore to what has been said by the church. Then, we will ask whether these things can be supported by philosophical considerations. Finally, we will explore practical implications.

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 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.

Literature in Life
This course will explore the concept that artistic expression reflects real life situations, problems, concerns, and emotions common to all people throughout the ages. The tendency is to think artists receive their writing inspiration from suffering or situations unique to the artist. The glimpse into the artistic world through their work shows us a world that is exceptionally commonplace rather than unique. We will explore these worlds, which—by themselves—seem unique and strange, but both the typical and atypical actions and emotions of the characters living in those worlds represent some of our innermost fears, joys, concerns, and hopes. This class is not designed to scan poetry or otherwise look at the artistic construct in the artistic process. It is designed to help the learner achieve an appreciation and an understanding of literature as an extension of the human psyche.

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.

Independent Study Modules

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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