A major in accounting capitalizes on your ability to analyze data and communicate strategic leadership insights. It prepares you with the skills required to interact with for-profit and non-profit business clients. It equips you to make sound, ethical decisions that align with a biblical worldview. And it empowers you as a lifelong learner in a fast-growing industry.
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At Cornerstone University, knowledge is about more than just filling your head with facts; education is about more than listening to a lecture. Here, you will develop a deeper understanding of people, life and God.
With more than 60 academic programs, we offer associate and bachelor's degrees in a variety of majors. Search our programs to learn more about career opportunities, required classes and the places where 100% of our students have taken part in internship or practicum experiences.
Audio production allows you to tell stories through practical and creative uses of sound. Cornerstone stands at the forefront of enabling students to influence the airwaves of our culture through numerous interesting forms.
A biblical studies major trains you to engage the text of Scripture at a deeper level. It prepares you to understand the literary and historical studies that illuminate the biblical narrative. It gives you research tools to ask context-based questions about authorial intent. And it equips you with specialized knowledge to communicate the Bible's message with diverse audiences and to shepherd people.
The biology major at CU provides a well-rounded knowledge, experience and analytical base to enable students to successfully pursue careers or further education in related fields. Course offerings allow students to pursue a wide variety of biological interests in preparation for a career or graduate school.
Business administration ensures that you have the range of essential skills needed to be a proactive entrepreneur and leader. It increases your confidence as a business professional. It trains you to evaluate opportunities from a vocational perspective. And it equips you to integrate faith and work.
The economics major draws on your wide range of interests in relevant topics such as political science, history, mathematics, social science and business. It strengthens your analytical skills and understanding of systems thinking as you study human behavior. It motivates you to become involved in critically evaluating theories and sustainably providing relief to communities. And it prepares you to discern and apply unchanging biblical principles in the context of a rapidly changing world.
A major in finance prepares you with the theoretical and analytical framework for making decisions about budgets, resource allocations and investments. It readies you with knowledge of corporate finance, economic development, insurance and risk management. It trains you to apply financial principles to real-world business case studies. And it equips you to advance as a character-driven leader.
The business management major prepares you to lead change in an organization. It equips you with a working knowledge of project management skills and processes. It trains you to as a strategic, collaborative and solutions-oriented professional. And it positions you to excel as a Christ-centered, people-oriented servant leader.
A major in marketing builds your understanding of consumer behavior, values and empathy. It strengthens your skills in communication, sales management, brand awareness and advertising practices. It prepares you to implement strategic, results-oriented campaigns for clients in a variety of industries. And it empowers you to excel as a Christ-centered influencer in the marketplace.
Choosing a minor in Chemistry will bolster your academic prowess as you step into many science, math or kinesiological fields.
A minor in Coaching can complement a spectrum of degree programs, training you to lead a team with precision, technique, skill, and attentiveness. Applying lessons and models from your experiences as an athlete, you'll accumulate field hours for your practicum under the direction of an area head coach.
When you study Communication at Cornerstone, you develop relational and critical thinking skills that give you a competitive edge as you prepare for communication-related occupations and ministries. You’ll focus on building relationships and communities in a way that honors Christ and serves others.
Broadcast Communication is such an exciting field, combining television and radio on-air performance with opportunities for on-screen acting, motivational speaking, talk show hosting, sportscasting, and more!
Strategic Communication is a rapidly-growing field, combining the enjoyment of interpersonal, group and public speaking with the thoughtful, significant activity of representing a company, non-profit organization, or ministry with their various audiences in mind!
A computer information systems major prepares you to advance as a business technology professional in a growing career field. It sharpens your ability to exercise logical thinking and find new ways to apply the use of technology in organizational contexts. It equips you with the skills necessary to excel as an innovative problem solver. And it trains you to integrate faith and work as a Christ-centered business leader.
A major in creative writing trains you in disciplines and habits characteristic of the writing life. It matures your understanding of craft, the writing process, creativity and story development. It provides advanced upper-level courses focused on producing publishable works in the genres of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. And it equips you to excel as an influential communicator.
Providing a curriculum that is both theoretically sound and pragmatic, a minor in Creativity and Innovation will help you discover your vital role as a creative cultivator and serve as an ideal complement to enhance your life, talents and career.
A major in digital media combines your interests in variety, creativity, and experimentation, issuing practical applications of these skills across multiple communication channels.
The Early Childhood Education program provides a student with two options: a ZS endorsement or an Associate of Arts degree. For the ZS endorsement, a student will earn a minor which will then lead to the Early Childhood Endorsement on the Elementary Teaching Certificate in the State of Michigan.
A degree in an elementary education program will prepare you to guide and partner with students in the learning process. You'll gain hands-on experience as you employ various teaching methods and network with area educators.
Engineering capitalizes on your ability to see problems from an analytical point of view. It prepares you to implement innovative processes in your workplace and environment. And it competitively positions you to advance as an influential, Christ-centered leader.
Many environmental biology programs give you great theory in the classroom, but getting into the field is the best teacher! With West Michigan as our backyard and excellent natural locations nearby, we study nature up close: sand dunes, forests, Lake Michigan, inland lakes, streams and wetlands.
Students in the exercise science major complete a rich curriculum with courses addressing anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, measurement and evaluation, exercise prescription, injury prevention, nutrition and field internships.
An emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation prepares you to transition into a clinical exercise science setting. Designed to train you to serve patients who have experienced a heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, or are at risk for such an event, cardiac rehabilitation is a hospital-supported rehabilitation program.
An emphasis in pre-occupational therapy prepares you for entrance into competitive graduate degree programs in occupational therapy, equipping you with foundational knowledge you'll build upon as you learn methods to empower patients and clients in attaining the ability to complete their day-to-day tasks with ease.
A concentration in physical therapy allows you to bridge knowledge of human anatomy and the physiological changes that occur while exercising to introductory knowledge of techniques and practices utilized to address injuries and restore range of motion.
Through a multi-skilled, generalist philosophy of film and video production, you'll learn the breadth of filmmaking and choose one area to study in depth, experiencing story from construction, idea generation and development, through image and sound capture, to the post-production reconstruction of the story in visual and audio editing.
A major in graphic design teaches you how to innovate, design and ideate. In addition to developing your skills in creativity, technology and typography, this program allows you to discover your abilities to tell stories through art.
As a history major, you will study the past with the aim of understanding the future. Historical inquiry scrutinizes human action and belief, for better or worse. It seeks to understand the forces and trends that shaped events and actions.
The integrated comprehensive science major provides the broadest preparation for teaching physical, earth/space and biological science courses.
The integrated science education (elementary/secondary) major provides a solid foundation for teaching physical and biological science courses.
The intercultural studies major equips you for cross-cultural ministry in a church or parachurch setting. It trains you to provide a curriculum that is biblically rooted, theoretically sound, holistically based and practically relevant. And it empowers you to become an innovative cross-cultural leader who follows the teaching of Christ in making disciples of all ethnic groups.
A major in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) allows you to design a customized academic program that meets your needs, laying the groundwork for a degree track that is built upon existing courses in two or more academic disciplines.
The international business major prepares you to excel as a culturally astute business professional in the context of a dynamic global economy. It trains you in aspects of accounting, economics, finance, marketing and management. It equips you with knowledge of cultural protocols, communication variables and trade laws. And it empowers you to excel as an influencer in our world for Christ.
The Language Arts Group major is designed to prepare Language Arts teachers for the elementary level. This program prepares teachers for the BX endorsement upon passing the Michigan State MTTC teacher’s exam and is for Teacher Education students who enjoy reading and writing and who desire to teach children at the elementary school level.
The learning disabilities major is designed to prepare individuals to teach students with learning disabilities at the elementary, intermediate or secondary levels.
The linguistics major capitalizes on your knowledge of the structure and use of language. It equips you with a Christian theology of language learning based on linguistic hospitality. It trains you in the methods of language acquisition and techniques of linguistic analysis. And it empowers you to excel as a Christ-centered influencer.
Graduating equipped with knowledge of critical theory in literature, you will extend your abilities as a reader and writer, sharpening your skills to interpret and respond to both familiar and new texts. Pairing your interests in eloquent, meaningful words and written texts, a major in literature will allow you to develop your ability to read and write as an effective, ethically responsible communicator.
The mathematics major provides a solid foundation in the discipline and prepares students for work in a variety of fields. Highly developed logic and problem solving skills make mathematics graduates attractive candidates for many business and government positions.
Mathematics for Secondary Teachers provides a route to Michigan certification to teach mathematics in a high school classroom. There is a significant and growing shortage of mathematics teachers in Michigan and across the nation. Teachers certified by the State of Michigan in mathematics and science are highly respected professionals and are sought-after by schools throughout the nation.
The ministry major prepares you to engage our postmodern culture as a competent, caring and creative professional. It equips you to apply creative problem solving and design thinking in church or parachurch ministry settings. It empowers you to seek emotional health for yourself and others. And it competitively positions you for your vocation with practical and specialized ministry knowledge.
The missions aviation major combines your interests in biblical studies, intercultural studies and aviation technology. It provides valuable theological and technical training for work on the mission field. It equips you to communicate the Bible's message with diverse audiences. And it empowers you to excel as a Christ-centered influencer in our world.
A degree in Music is designed for those students wishing to combine music with another discipline or to pursue private applied teaching of elementary through intermediate level students.
The Worship Arts major integrates three areas of study: Music, Bible, and Media. Our four-year degree program prepares you to become well-equipped for fruitful ministry in the local church, grow as a skilled musician, and excel as a leader who possesses strong interpersonal skills.
Non-profit administration equips you to excel as a business leader in the growing non-profit sector. It prepares you to steward financial resources. It trains you to manage teams and personnel according to best practices in human resources. And it empowers you to enact change in your community and organization as an influencer for Christ.
The nursing program builds on your strengths to selflessly advocate for others. It trains you to manage patient information, process quick decisions and communicate scientific concepts with accessible language. It encourages you to offer hope at each stage of the healing process. And it equips you to excel as a compassionate, competent health care professional.
The B.Mus. is a professional degree program containing two-thirds music course work and one-third general studies.
A major in philosophy cultivates your skills in critical thinking, moral reflection and intellectual dialogue. It builds your knowledge of the philosophical tradition from the basis of a Christian worldview. It trains you to ask different questions, observe new connections between unresolved issues and apply interdisciplinary knowledge based on your broad range of interests in the humanities. And it capitalizes on your curiosity regarding the life of the mind, preparing you to excel as a thoughtful, well-reasoned influencer.
Students who major in Physical Education may teach any grade in that discipline. There are many opportunities outside of the classroom as well such as home school organizations who request a certified Physical Education teacher. Other areas may include: fitness centers, specific classes in community education, camp organization and general recreation departments.
The B.S. Biology—Pre-Dental major is designed for students who have a God-given aptitude in math and science and a passion to care for the dental health needs of God's image bearers.
The B.S. Biology—Pre-Med major is designed for students who have a God-given aptitude in math and science and a passion to help relieve the suffering of God's image bearers.
The B.S. Biology—Pre-Pharmacy major is designed for students who have a God-given aptitude in math and science and a passion to care for the health needs of God's image bearers.
Take your passion for helping others and show the love of Christ through your career. Develop skills to advocate for and provide compassionate, competent care to those in need.
The B.S. Biology—Pre-Veterinary major is designed for students who have a God-given aptitude in math and science and a passion to provide health care for God's creatures.
A professional writing major trains you in the discipline and craft of writing. Building on the intellectual foundation provided by courses in the humanities, it teaches you the process of writing for publication. It shows you how to connect with diverse audiences through long-form narratives. And it equips you to cultivate practices that enrich your lifelong work as a writer.
Accompanying a major in Psychology, the Child and Adolescent Services emphasis will equip you to work in a variety of human service roles focusing on children, adolescents and families.
An undergraduate degree in Counseling equips you to influence the world for Christ by supporting and encouraging the health and development of children, adults and families in a variety of workplace and ministry environments.
A degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Studies prepares you to participate in impacting our community by building lasting marriages, raising Godly children and influencing our culture where God restores individuals and families.
Psychology is a discipline that has applicability in nearly every profession. Prepared to work with diverse people, graduates find career opportunities in fields such as professional ministry, health care, business, and non-profit work.
Prepare to be the catalyst between writer and reader. Develop the skills needed to communicate, edit and analyze. And be equipped with knowledge to conduct your work through a lens of faith.
A minor in Reading prepares you for teaching in an elementary classroom. Students who complete the Reading minor and pass the state certification test are eligible to teach reading and developmental reading courses in elementary grades.
Our secondary education majors equip you to teach a subject area in a middle school or high school classroom. Combining academically rigorous course work in education and the liberal arts with practical teaching experience, we graduate students to influence culture as highly qualified teachers in public, Christian and international schools.
The Social Justice minor allows you to explore the issue of social justice from a Biblical perspective. It is designed to develop skilled professionals who engage with culture and are equipped to contribute to God's redemptive purposes in the world through vocation.
Social Studies Group is a major for secondary and elementary students within the Teacher Education Division.
Social Work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. With a major in Social Work, you'll graduate with confidence to engage diverse populations in both local and global settings, gaining an enriched perspective of the global church and growing as a student alongside members of the campus community.
A minor in Sociology serves as an excellent complement to Social Work, Psychology, or Family Studies degree programs, developing your understanding of the issues of family dysfunctions, poverty, gender, and social inequality.
A major in Spanish prepares you to learn about and work with the Latino community. It trains you to exercise cultural intelligence and demonstrate hospitality toward diverse populations. It allows you to improve in the four linguistic abilities, taking courses designed to reflect the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' proficiency guidelines. And it empowers you to excel as a Christ-centered influencer in our world.
A major in sports management integrates your passion for athletics and business acumen. It increases your understanding of trends and patterns of change in the culture of sport. It prepares you to manage event planning processes, coordinate entertainment programming and conduct media relations tasks. And it equips you to excel as a Christ-centered business leader or talent manager in a diverse field.
Cornerstone University offers TESOL instruction leading to Michigan Teacher Certification. It is a minor program, which means that the student will also major or minor in another academic area in addition to TESOL. Or, you can choose an Associate of Arts degree track.