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At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

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Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

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Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

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Theological Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we're dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.

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We’re committed to equipping you with knowledge, experience and skills to drive lasting transformation wherever you aspire to lead and serve. Our non-degree, individual courses provide you the opportunity to continue your journey with specific courses and topics that interest you.

Information about tuition costs is available on our Tuition & Fees web page. For questions about taking individual courses without being in a degree program, connect with our enrollment team by calling 616.222.1448 or by emailing pgs@cornerstone.edu. If you are a current student and would like to register for an individual course, contact your academic adviser at 616.222.1503.

Course Descriptions
and Start Dates

Continue your learning path with courses that align with your interests. Each three-credit, non-degree course is offered 100% online, with durations from five to eight weeks. Course registration ends four weeks before the course start date, and no more than two courses can be taken at the same time. View full course descriptions and upcoming start dates below.

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Business

BUS-217 Introduction to Global Business

A study of globalization and its impact on the world and the individual. A variety of topics is explored including culture, regional trading-blocks and challenges and opportunities facing business today.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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BUS-219 Business Technology

A study of emerging technological issues facing management in order to enable students to integrate technology with business strategy. Topics include E-commerce, management information systems, strategic information systems, decision support systems, executive information systems and issues of technology and culture.

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  • Start Date: Fall 2022
  • Length: 5 weeks

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BUS-318 Global Business Perspectives

An in-depth study of globalization and various global business practices. Emphasis is given to a review of global organizations and global business models in various parts of the world. Topics explored include organizational culture, global strategy, cultural intelligence and emerging markets.

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  • Start Date: 
    • March 1, 2022
  • Length: 5 weeks

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BUS-362 Legal Business Environment

A study of the legal foundations of business for managers in the 21st-century workplace. A priority will be given to the various areas of administrative law, agency, and employment law applicable for sound business decision-making. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of legal concepts in business and the ways in which a Christ-centered worldview and the Christian virtues inform business law concepts.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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BUS-401 Business Ethics and Values

A study of representative theories as they relate to various contemporary problems in business. Special consideration is given to the application of Christian ethical principles, values clarification and decision making.

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  • Start Date: March 15, 2022
  • Length: 5 weeks

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MGT-232 Entrepreneurship

A survey of fundamental management principles, problems and procedures unique to small businesses. Topics include ownership, competition, financing, marketing, personnel, long- and short-term planning and governmental regulations.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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MGT-233 Leadership Studies

An overview of the fundamentals of leadership. Using a combination of both theory and practical applications from case studies, students explore issues involved with solving business problems, group interactions and techniques of group presentations.

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  • Start Date: Feb. 8, 2022
  • Length: 5 weeks

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MGT-314 Management and Leadership

An examination of current leadership theories and their application to management problems. Leadership behavior and its relationship to both organizational structure and individual personality style is discussed, with an emphasis on the application of leadership theories to actual situations.

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  • Start Date: March 1, 2022
  • Length: 5 weeks

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MGT-315 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

A study of the development of communication and management skills necessary for successfully resolving conflict situations.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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MGT-317 Organizational Behavior and Processes

An examination of organizational behavior, structure and processes. The course focuses on individual and group roles in the organization and the effects of cultural elements on motivation and productivity.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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MGT-332 Human Resource Management

An exploration of the values and perceptions of selected groups affecting social and economic life through an analysis of policies and practices of recruitment, selection, training, development and compensation of employees.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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MKT-252 Introduction to Marketing

An introduction to basic marketing principles focused on traditional marketing applications in decision-making and the marketing function. Emphasis is placed on marketing consumer and industrial goals as well as analysis of marketing functions and institutions. Marketing appropriate for 21st-century business environments will also be included, to include the influence of social media on principles and applications of marketing strategies.

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  • Start Date: Fall 2022
  • Length: 5 weeks

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Psychology & Sociology

FAM-212 Parenting

A study of parenting and child development with a special focus on biblical parenting. The physical and spiritual development of the child from birth through the teenage years is also emphasized.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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PSY-111 General Psychology

An introduction to psychology dealing with the important people, terms and theories in the fields of personality, learning, maladjustment and psychotherapy.

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  • Start Date: 
    • March 2022
  • Length: 5 weeks

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PSY-221 Interviewing and Counseling

An introduction to theoretical concepts, primary principles, strategies and interventions implemented in the practice and delivery of human services to individuals and families using the human services interview techniques.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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SOC-101 Introduction to Human Services

An introduction to the field of human services and the conditions in modern society that impact the health of individuals, families and communities. Topics include identification of populations served by human service workers, principles of human services and essential helping skills. Special emphasis is given to Christian involvement in human services and the role of faith-based social service agencies in American society.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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SOC-111 Introduction to Sociology

An introduction to the field of sociology including an overview of several subfields. Basic theoretical perspectives of sociology are used to provide an explanation of institutions and social processes.

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SOC-201 Intercultural Relations

An examination of minority and ethnic groups’ social issues, cultural beliefs, values, communication styles, learning styles and cultural influences and contributions. The course explores roles within families and society, surveys, demographics and their impact on individuals and society and introduces concepts of gender diversity and women’s issues.

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  • Start Date: Fall 2022
  • Length: 6 weeks

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SOC-211 Current Social Issues

An examination of current social issues in light of classical and contemporary theories. Emphasis is placed on the implications of these issues for American society.

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  • Start Date: 
    • March 8, 2022
    • March 22, 2022
  • Length: 5 weeks

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SOC-232 Marriage and Family

An examination of the structure and function of marriage and family life from a biblical perspective. Topics include mate selection, parenting, divorce, transitions in relationships and the family life cycle. Students are exposed to difficult family issues such as blended families, spousal infidelity, midlife crisis and grief and loss in the home.

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  • Start Date: March 1, 2022
  • Length: 6 weeks

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SOC-261 Grief and Loss, Death and Dying

An exploration of the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of death and dying and the process of bereavement in the context of psychology and human services. Students will explore issues related to dying and bereaved persons, and develop their own psycho-social framework for understanding and facing death, terminal illness, life-threatening violence, grief and loss. Issues of worldview as well as beliefs about evil, suffering and life after death will be considered.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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Theology & Ministry

REL-231 Mosaic Literature

A study of the history of redemption from Adam to Moses as set forth in the Pentateuch. Special attention is given to God’s purposes in the call of Abraham and the establishment of the Mosaic economy.

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  • Start Date: March 23, 2022
  • Length: 5 weeks

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REL-232 Gospel Literature

A study of the four Gospels including their backgrounds, themes, outlines and distinguishing features, distinctive portrayals of Christ and His life and ministry as set forth in the Gospel of Mark.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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REL-234 Writings of Paul

A survey of the writings of Paul including backgrounds, themes, outlines and distinguishing features with special attention given to the book of Romans.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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REL-235 Introduction to Old Testament Wisdom Literature

An introductory survey of the Old Testament books of wisdom, including a study of major themes, characteristics of Hebrew poetry and principles that can be applied to Christian living.

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  • Start Date: March 1, 2022
  • Length: 5 weeks

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REL-242 Old Testament Survey I

An overview of the Old Testament from Genesis to Job, noting its historical perspective and spiritual application.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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REL-246 New Testament Survey

An overview of the New Testament Scriptures, Matthew-Acts, guiding one to understand the historical and biblical context of the New Testament.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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Speech & Literature

COM-111 Foundations of Speech Communication

An introduction to the philosophy, theory and practice of speech communication. Students develop confidence as communicators with particular emphasis on intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group and public communication.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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COM-211 Professional Communication

An overview of the communication process in organizations with emphasis on oral presentation skills. (Satisfies general education speech requirement.)

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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ENG-118 Introduction to Writing and Research

A course designed to develop critical thinking, reading and writing skills with an emphasis on APA documentation style and research writing.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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History & Philosophy

HIS-116 American Studies

A study of American culture using a thematic approach and including topics such as Puritanism, colonization, the Native American experience, industrialization, religious trends, technology, reform movements, the role of women, the impact of war on American life, economic development and contemporary issues.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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HIS-225 Modern World History

An exploration of modern history addressing five regions that cover the entire world over the time period from the 1950s until today. Emphasis is on how the ending of the Second World War as well as the Cold War, industrialism, religious conflict, terrorism and modern technology are affecting the world today.

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  • Start Date: March 1, 2022
  • Length: 6 weeks

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PHI-211 Philosophy in Culture

An introduction and development of worldview from a Christian philosophical perspective with special attention given to hermeneutical issues surrounding worldview and the important role philosophy has played in western culture.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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Science & The Environment

ECO-243 Natural Resources Management

An exploration of the role of natural resource agencies in developing, sustaining and protecting natural resources. Emphasis is placed on the history of natural resource management in Michigan, management philosophies, politics that impact natural resources, species and ecology management, sustainability and carrying capacity.

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  • Start Date: March 1, 2022
  • Length: 5 weeks

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SCI-119 Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology

An exploration of current issues in physics, science, biology, health and medicine. The course provides an understanding of the scientific method and how to critically evaluate current issues from a scientific perspective.

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  • Start Dates: Feb. 16, 2022
  • Length: 6 weeks

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Mathematics & Finance

BUS-241 Personal Financial Planning

A study of the principles and practices of personal financial management. Topics covered include budgeting, taxes, banking, credit, investments, insurance, goal setting, retirement and estate planning.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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MAT-120 Contemporary Math

An introductory math course designed to develop skills that have practical usage in a business setting and daily life experience. The course reviews basic mathematical concepts, develops skills with algebraic expressions and expands to several topical applications including number properties, equations and inequalities, percentages, finance, interest, geometric figures, probability, graphs and statistics.

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  • Start Date: Feb. 17, 2022
  • Length: 7 weeks

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Additional Courses

FAR-211 Introduction to Fine Arts

Introduction, survey and development of an appreciation for the fine arts, including music, painting, sculpture and architecture. The course includes an introduction to the field of aesthetics, a study of components and techniques of the fine arts and a broad historical survey of artistic trends. Emphasis is placed upon the development of value judgment skills within the context of a Christ-centered worldview.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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IDS-100 Foundations of Inquiry

An introductory course emphasizing the knowledge and skills necessary for academic and personal success in a Christian framework. Topics include goal setting, decision making, time management, computer and information retrieval skills, learning skills, relationships and personal health.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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IDS-131 Digital Literacy

A competency-based course designed to ensure that students have basic technology skills that will enable them to be successful in their academic and professional lives. Foundational principles of computing and digital literacy are covered. This course also challenges those with existing competency in technology to further develop their knowledge and skills, preparing them to make use of emerging technologies and to be responsible citizens in our increasingly connected world.

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  • Length: 7 weeks

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MUS-262 Exploring Western Music

A survey of, and appreciation for, western music from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The course includes an introduction to music, composers and components from various time periods with an emphasis on different styles, historical settings, aesthetics and musical trends. Special focus is given to discerning and judging the value of music with the context of a Christian worldview.

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  • Start Date: Fall 2022
  • Length: 7 weeks

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At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below or explore campus with a virtual tour.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

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At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.

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