Empowerment matters.

Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. With Cornerstone University's social work major, you'll graduate equipped with the tools to help relieve suffering and support the implementation of programs that make a difference. Trained to compassionately engage diverse populations, you will gain an enriched perspective of the global church and grow alongside members of the community.

Our mission is to empower you to become a competent, ethical and professional practitioner in the field. Cornerstone 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.

  • Overview

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

    Program Classes

    From personable faculty to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.

    See our sample degree plan for the list of classes you'll take as a social work major.

  • Global Internships

    All traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. This experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical career skills.

    With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.

    During your senior year as a social work major, an in-depth 440-hour field placement in a social service organization allows you to encounter and serve a variety of populations. This prepares you to effectively transition to a job or graduate course work.

    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.
  • Social Science Division Student Outcomes


    of traditional undergraduate social science students from the class of 2019 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

    Importantly, our recent graduates also shared that they love their work. Of respondents, 100 percent reported a genuine interest in what they are doing.

    Job Outcomes

    Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.

    • Arbor Circle
    • Bethany Christian Services
    • Ennis Center for Children
    • Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
    • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
    • Samaritas
    • Wedgwood Christian Services
  • Where Our Alumni Attend Graduate School

    Our Social Science Division students receive admission to respected graduate schools.

    • 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