Empowerment matters.

You want to make things better, aiming to relieve suffering and desiring the implementation of programs that make a difference. Our mission is to empower students, as followers of Jesus, to become competent, ethical and professional practitioners in the field. Social work is the ideal conduit to live out your faith in practical, meaningful ways and in a variety of settings.

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.

  • Overview

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

    • Major Credit Hours: 63
    • Minor Credit Hours: 18
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
      • Fall semester—August 15
      • Spring semester—January 1

    Career Opportunities

    A wide variety of employment opportunities exist for graduates with a bachelor's degree in Social Work. Social workers are often employed in child and family service organizations, mental health centers, residential treatment facilities, state and local human service organizations, as well as nursing homes and assisted living centers. Social workers also find employment in community development capacities as well as international social service organizations and hospitals.

    For a preview of available job paths and the employment outlook for graduates with degrees in Social Work, explore the Occupational Outlook Handbook compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    In addition to transitioning into full-time positions, many of our graduates earn master's degrees in the field.

  • Degree Completion

    Download a sample degree plan for a major in Social Work.

    Interesting Classes

    With rigorous accreditation standards from the Council on Social Work Education, the Social Work program offers a comprehensive degree program, preparing you for practice with individuals, families, and groups as well as community and organizational development. You'll be challenged to develop skills in carrying out original research and working with diverse populations. In addition, a major in Social Work provides opportunities for you to explore specific areas of practice with electives such as Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse. Some classes you will take as part of the degree program include:

    • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    • Human Diversity
    • Social Work Practice I: Individuals and Families
  • Certification Opportunities

    Cornerstone University's Social Work degree program is approved by the state of Michigan to offer a Child Welfare Certificate. Students interested in working with children and families may wish to pursue this certificate which provides graduates with opportunities to enter into several child welfare positions without needing to complete a majority of required state training sessions.

    Internship Opportunities

    A 440-hour field placement integrated within your final year of undergraduate study will allow you to encounter and serve a variety of populations, preparing you to effectively transition into a job role or graduate coursework.
  • Study Abroad Opportunities

    While most field placements occur with local agencies, opportunities exist for you to apply for an international practicum with partner organizations and programs such as Bethany Global in Ethiopia, the Romanian Studies Program, and the Ugandan Studies Program.

    Graduate Outcomes

    Our graduates can be found working in residential treatment, child welfare, nursing homes, domestic violence shelters, substance abuse treatment, criminal justice, homeless shelters, churches, low-income assistance programs and mental health centers.

    In addition, join members of the extended Cornerstone University community by enrolling in graduate courses and degree programs at...
    • Abilene Christian University
    • Azusa Pacific University
    • Arizona State University
    • Grand Valley State University
    • Michigan State University
    • University of Michigan
    • University of Southern California
    • Wayne State University
    • Western Michigan University

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to completion of the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Social Work degree requires the following courses:

  • ECN-231 Macroeconomics (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-355 Integrated Statistics/Research I (3 credit hours)
  • PSY-356 Integrated Statistics/Research II (3 credit hours)
  • SOC-111 Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)
  • SOC-243 Social Problems (3 credit hours)
  • SSC-211 American Government (3 credit hours)
  • Program elective (3 credit hours)
  • SWK-111 Introduction to Social Work (3 credit hours)
  • SWK-221 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3 credit hours)
  • SWK-222 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3 credit hours)
  • SWK-311 Social Welfare Policy (3 credit hours)
  • SWK-331 Social Work Practice I: Individuals and Families (3 credit hours)
  • SWK-332 Social Work Practice II: Groups (3 credit hours)
  • SWK-333 Social Work Practice III: Communities and Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • SWK-411 Ethical Decision Making in Social Work (3 credit hours)
  • SWK-417 Human Diversity (3 credit hours)
  • SWK-450 Field Practicum I (5 credit hours)
  • SWK-451 Field Practicum Seminar I (1 credit hour)
  • SWK-460 Field Practicum II (5 credit hours)
  • SWK-461 Field Practicum for Seminar II (1 credit hour)
  • SWK-462 Capstone Seminar: Social Work (3 credit hours)

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

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