Trevecca’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies announces new program

Trevecca Nazarene University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies is excited to announce a new bachelor’s degree program in human development and family studies, starting in fall 2019.

“Many of our students have a deep desire for helping people and families,” said Heidi Ventura, associate dean for academic integrity and innovation. “This program provides a broad foundation to understand the human experience from birth to death and also examines how the human experience fits within family dynamics.”

The 36-credit hour program is designed to provide a way for working adults to complete their bachelor’s degree while preparing graduates to serve individuals and families. Ventura says the degree will ready graduates for a variety of non-clinical roles in the helping professions, especially when a knowledge of human and family development is needed.

“This degree helps graduates to work with people,” she said. “The modern American family is complicated, and we left room for conversations about complicated family structures and helping people in the midst of those.”

Designed to build upon prior learning, students will take courses in psychology and human development as well as counseling theories and family studies. All courses will reflect Trevecca’s core values, emphasizing leadership, service and Christian values.

Taught by faculty with experience in the field, the online-only program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Applicants must have completed at least 40 hours toward a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, which makes the program a perfect fit for those who have completed associate degree programs.

“At the bachelor’s level, we offer programs in technology, business and psychology,” Ventura said. “This one is a little bit more hands-on and will be a great connection between our associate program in community and human services.”

The program will prepare graduates for more advanced degrees, such as master’s programs in sociology, public administration or pastoral counseling, as well as a variety of roles within government agencies, ministries, nonprofit organizations and more.

To learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies, click here.

Media contact: Mandy Crow,, 615-248-1695