Relationships matter.

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.

An emphasis in Marriage and Family Studies major prepares students for a wide range of careers in human services, marriage and family counseling, community and public health agencies, as well as church and parachurch organizations.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Social Science
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts, Minor
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Quick Facts

    • Major Credit Hours: 48
    • Career Opportunities:
      • Adoption counselor
      • Case manager
      • Group home manager
      • Parent educator
      • Substance abuse counselor
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
      • Fall semester—August 15
      • Spring semester—January 1

    More Career Opportunities

    Following advanced study at the graduate degree level in an area such as Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, Psychology, or Counseling, you may qualify to obtain a role as an:

    • Administrator and Professor
    • Marriage & Family Therapist
    • Psychologist
    • Social Worker
  • Internship Opportunities

    As an undergraduate student, you can gain valuable professional experience by interning in a human service setting such as a youth services agency, group home, hospital, healthcare facility, mental health agency, domestic violence center, adoption agency, or foster care program. Recently, Cornerstone University students have interned with:

    • Alpha Women's Center
    • Bethany Christian Services
    • Calvary Church
    • D.A. Blodgett for Children
    • Hope Network Pivot Crisis Center
    • Lutheran Child & Family Services
    • Pine Rest Christian Hospital
    • Pregnancy Resource Center
    • Wedgwood Christian Services

Career Outcomes

Marriage and Family Studies graduates are currently employed at psychiatric hospitals, churches, private and group practices, pregnancy crisis centers, college counseling centers, education, and various community mental health centers.

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to completion of the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree with a Marriage and Family Studies concentration requires the following classes:

  • FAM-211 Relationships (3 credit hours)
  • FAM-380 Internship (3 credit hours)
  • FAM-451 Marriage and Family Counseling (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-111 General Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-353 Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-355 Integrated Statistics/Research I (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-356 Integrated Statistics/Research II (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-400 Capstone Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-422 Systems of Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-441 Physiological Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • SOC-111 Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)
  • SOC-432 Sociology of the Family (3 credit hours)
  • Program electives (12 credit hours)

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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