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Social Work Major or Minor

The social work major prepares you to walk alongside people and help them cope with their living situations. You’ll graduate with tools to help relieve suffering and promote healthy relationships in diverse family settings. Through this program, you will understand and experience effective practices for helping families strive toward better futures for themselves.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Minor


  • On Campus
  • Residential


  • Grand Rapids

Find Purpose In
Your Vocation

Through the social work program at Cornerstone University, you’ll be challenged to become both a servant of God’s kingdom and a dedicated social worker to your clients. By infusing biblical principles with practical instruction, your professors will create an environment where you can grow in ways you never thought possible.

When you graduate, you will be prepared to face difficult challenges with grace and resilience. Cornerstone graduates can be found aiding the elderly and their families as they navigate changes in assisted care situations, facilitating adoptions and providing safe shelters for victims of abuse and neglect.


Social work majors have a wide variety of career options available to them, ranging from social justice to counseling. Take a look at some of the opportunities you’ll have as a graduate from our social work program.


  • Child and family service organizations
  • Mental health centers
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • State and local human service organizations
  • Assisted living centers
  • Community development

Field Practicum

As a student at Cornerstone, you will take part in an in-depth 400-hour field placement in a social service organization to enrich your education and provide you with valuable experience.


  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Samaritas
  • Spectrum Health
  • Arbor Circle
  • Hudsonville Public Schools


Of social work graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months.


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


Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Program Features and
Learning Outcomes

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

Program Accreditation and Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Cornerstone’s social work program is fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. As such, you will be eligible for state licensure and advanced standing in accredited graduate social work programs. Students in advanced standing programs can often complete their master’s degree in one full year.

Council on Social Work Education Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

The social work program reflects our commitment to developing students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in distinct yet interconnected areas.

  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice
  • Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
  • Engage in policy practice
  • Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

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The Social Science Division at Cornerstone has programs designed to improve the social structure of our world. Take a look at some of the other programs we have available.

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