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Psychology

Understanding psychology is a valuable discipline no matter what your future profession. It’s about seeing patterns and exploring the intricacies of the human mind and behavior. A degree in psychology can launch you down one of many paths—counseling, social work, teaching and more. Our faculty in the Social Science Division are dedicated to equipping you with the knowledge and skills you need to start your career.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor

Academic Division

  • Social Science Division

Format

  • Residential

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Of psychology graduates from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.

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Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

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Your Vocation

Cornerstone University prepares students to apply the practical principles of psychology to their careers. With four separate concentrations, students will be able to dive deeper into facets of social science that will give them a clearer understanding of marriage and family psychology, clinical psychology and counseling. The child and adolescent services track, as well as the marriage & family track, equip students with an understanding of family dynamics and communication and can be applied in counseling and social work settings. The psychological science and practice track can prepare students for private practice in psychology or further research on the graduate level. Students in the counseling track become adept in understanding relational dynamics and best practices for counseling.

Careers

If you’re interested in psychology, there are several career paths available for you. Our psychology program offers concentrations in counseling, family studies, child and adolescent services and behavioral research. Each of these concentrations is valuable and in high demand in workplaces across the country.

Opportunities

  • Adoption counselor
  • Case manager
  • Youth residential treatment programs
  • Group home manager
  • Parent educator
  • Substance abuse counselor

Internships

As a student at Cornerstone, you will take part in an internship or practicum to enrich your education and provide you with valuable experience. Our Center for Career and Life Calling will help you connect with one of our area partners.

Opportunities

  • Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
  • West Michigan Refugee Education Center
  • Alpha Women's Center
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Wedgwood Christian Services
  • DeVos Children's Hospital

Program Features

The psychology program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

Degree Planning Guides

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

Select a sample degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major in psychology.

Psychological Science and Practice Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Psychology: Child and Adolescent Services Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Psychology: Counseling Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Psychology: Marriage and Family Studies Four-Year Planning Guide

Child and Adolescent Services Concentration

The child and adolescent services concentration prepares you to work in a variety of human service roles that focus on children, adolescents and families. Your course work and related experiences will focus on child and adolescent development, creative therapeutic approaches for children and families and the contexts that impact children and adolescents.

If you desire to work with children, adolescents and families in agency, counseling and ministry settings, consider adding this emphasis to your program of study.

Counseling Concentration

The counseling concentration prepares you to support and encourage the health and development of children, adults and families in a variety of workplace and ministry environments. You’ll examine, explore and critique psychological ideas, theories and applications from a Christian perspective. In addition, you’ll apply what you learn in the classroom to work, volunteer, internship and professional experiences throughout West Michigan.

At Cornerstone, our program is unique because:

  • Faculty hold 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.

Marriage and Family Studies Concentration

The marriage and family studies concentration prepares you to impact our community by working with individuals and families to build lasting marriages and raise Godly children. As a student, you will develop the leadership skills and compassion to engage with diverse people in various seasons of life. You will graduate ready to engage with others about complex relationships and guide them toward solutions.

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.

Psychological Science & Practice Concentration

Psychology is a discipline that prepares you to understand and work with diverse people. A psychology background is also appealing to employers in diverse areas such as professional ministry, medicine or health care, business—such as human resources and marketing—and nonprofit work.

At Cornerstone, our program is unique because:

  • Faculty hold 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.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our psychology program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st-century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

One of the biggest highlights from my time at Cornerstone was getting to know other students and the professors. The professors care beyond just classwork and are so supportive. I made a lot of lasting friendships.

Karly Kapteyn (’17)

Faculty

CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

The Social Science Division has several degree options available. Take a look at some of the other programs related to psychology.

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Undergraduate

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

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.

Seminary

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