Behavioral research matters.

Psychology is a discipline that has applicability in nearly every profession. Many psychology majors go on to graduate school to prepare for careers in counseling within private practices, agencies, schools and hospitals. Others who pursue advanced study in psychology go on to work as mental health consultants, professors, researchers and administrators. Due to students' preparation in understanding and working with diverse people, a psychology background is also appealing to employers in diverse areas such as professional ministry, medicine/health care, business (such as human resources and marketing) and nonprofit work.

Program Distinctives

  • Faculty with decades of experience in counseling, school-based practice, and research.
  • Students complete an original research project and APA research paper, with the opportunity to present at local, state and national conferences.
  • Students from our program consistently score above the 90th percentile on the Major Field Assessment Test, a national standardized test of psychology majors in all different types of college and university settings.
  • Overview

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

    Program Concentrations

    In addition to General Psychology, Cornerstone University offers program concentrations in the following fields:

  • Degree Completion

    You can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree in four years.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide to preview the steps required to complete your degree.

    Internship Locations

    100% of Cornerstone University's traditional undergraduate students complete an internship experience.

    Psychology majors have received hands-on, professional training as interns with these organizations:

    • Ada Bible Church
    • D.A. Blodgett — St. Johns
    • Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
    • Pregnancy Resource Center
    • West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center
  • Faculty Perspective

    From Nicole McDonald, Professor of Psychology: "It is simultaneously a blessing and a challenge for me to be able to teach in the Cornerstone University psychology program. Bonds of friendship and mentorship are formed as, together, we think critically about the dominant ideas, trends and practices in the helping professions, holding each idea up to the light of God’s word. I have found many of the psychology students here to be committed to intellectual growth and Christian stewardship in a way that sets our students apart from others graduating into the profession. I often find that students’ ideas, perspectives, and creative solutions challenge me to learn and grow right along with them. Cornerstone University inspires me to continue to grow, create, and thrive as a teacher, learner and Christ-follower."

    Graduate Education

    Cornerstone University graduates have received consistent placements in psychology and related graduate programs at institutions including...
    • Central Michigan University
    • Michigan State University
    • Spring Arbor University
    • University of Michigan
    • Western Michigan University
    • Wheaton College

Career Outcomes

Graduates of Cornerstone University's Psychology program are employed with organizations such as:

  • Pine Rest
  • Wedgwood Christian Services
  • Pediatric Psychologists of West Michigan
  • The Veteran's Administration
  • Bucknell University Counseling Center
  • Meier Clinics-Chicago
  • Grand Valley State University Admissions
  • Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Admissions
  • Kent County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Private Counseling Practices

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to completing the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree requires the following classes:

  • PSY-111 General Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-322 Theories of Personality (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-351 Social 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-380 Internship (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-400 Capstone Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-421 Theories of Counseling (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-422 Systems of Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-441 Physiological Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Program electives (15 credit hours)

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

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