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College of Humanities and Education

Welcome from the Dean

Dr. Steve Betts - Dean, College of Humanities at SNUDr. Steven L. Betts

B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene College
M.M., Wichita State University
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.

Welcome to the College of Humanities and Education at SNU. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t have a dream for your future. At SNU, we want you to succeed in the pursuit of your dreams. And with great programs, highly-qualified faculty and a track record of great jobs for our graduates—we know how to let you “Dream with Confidence.” So look around, check out our program opportunities, get to know our professors and enjoy reading testimonies from Humanities graduates. We think you’ll want to see more, so don’t forget to schedule a campus visit and check out our scholarship page while you’re here.


 Our Cultural and Communication studies division is built on a rigorous core of writing, reading and research with flexible concentrations to fit your career goals. With highly-qualified professors, unique learning opportunities, and success after graduation, we think you will like it here. So take a look around, meet our graduates, schedule a visit and more.


The SNU School of Music is full of unique opportunities. Click around to check out our intense programs with incredible performance venues and international study options. Meet our professors who hold expertise in a variety of musical areas. Read up on some of our alumni who are confidently pursuing their dreams. Like what you see? Consider coming to visit campus and applying for scholarships.


SNU’s School of Theology and Ministry desires to prepare students for a life-long ministry of serving and teaching others. Our program seeks to have students graduate debt-free or as near-debt-free as possible in order to be able to effectively minister to others as soon possible through unique scholarships. Check out more about our programs below. Meet our professors and hear about their extensive ministry experience. See the stories of many of our alumni serving worldwide. And when you’re done here, don’t forget to schedule a visit to our campus.


School of EducationWhether you're interested in teaching early childhood, elementary or secondary students in public or private schools, the SNU School of Education's Educator Preparation Program offers nationally accredited programs of study leading to degrees in 9 different teaching certification areas.  While interacting with a professional faculty of educators with multiple years of private and public school teaching and administrative experience, you'll have the opportunity to take specialized coursework, participate in extensive classroom observations and field experiences, utilize state of the art instructional technology, and gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions that can assist you in becoming a highly qualified educator that can positively impact P-12 student learning.

The SNU College of Humanities and Education Outcomes:

The College of Humanities and Education prepares all students in the university generally to demonstrate the ability to:

construct rational arguments based on solid evidence acquired from appropriate sources and through the use of the best available methods and can communicate those arguments clearly and concisely using sound rhetorical strategies in both speech and writing.

evaluate artistic expressions, including the fine arts, music, drama, literature, media, and human movement (i.e., dance, sports) through the use of aesthetic theories.

articulate how a Christian perspective creates and deepens meaning in cultural, personal, social, and aesthetic issues; can evaluate moral and ethical choices in light of sound interpretations of Christian scriptures based on the best available methods, Christian traditions, and the Wesleyan theological perspective; and can operationalize that analysis through active stewardship and service.

Additionally, students graduating with a major in the College of Humanities and Education are prepared for professional employment and/or graduate education in their chosen fields.

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership will demonstrate the skills necessary for careers in pre-college educational leadership.

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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