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Art

Art

Art is more than a four-year program of study at Briar Cliff University. It is the beginning of a lifetime of experiences, growth, ideas and expression. Read More »

Biology

Biology

With more than 80 years of instruction in the health sciences, and with the largest US urban prairie in its own backyard, the BCU biology department excels at all levels from molecules to ecosystems. Read More »

Business

Business

The mission of the business department is to deliver a quality education and develop individuals who can provide leadership in a changing global environment, within an ethical and socially responsible framework. Read More »

Chemistry

Chemistry

The chemistry department offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program, along with majors in medical laboratory science and biochemistry. Read More »

Computer Science

Computer Science

Nearly everyone either uses or depends on computers — and the people who make those computers useful are computer science majors. Our program develops the programming and problem-solving skills that today are in high demand. Read More »

Education

Education

In the Franciscan tradition, the Briar Cliff education program prepares professional educators through community, service and learning. Read More »

History and Political Science

History and Political Science

The Department of History and Political Science believes that students must become more broadly educated in order to be prepared to live in an increasingly complex society. By gaining awareness of historical traditions as well as the critical thinking skills of the historian’s craft, students will be better prepared to confront this complex society as informed citizens. Read More »

Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Health, Physical Education and Recreation

The health, physical education and recreation curriculum offers a nationally recognized set of professional-preparation programs and a service program geared to meet the present and future fitness and recreational needs of Briar Cliff students. Read More »

Mass Media

Mass Media

The mission of the Department of Mass Media is to prepare competent, well-trained and liberally educated men and women in the converging field of mass media. Read More »

Mathematics

Mathematics

The mathematics department offers two degree programs for students interested in developing skills in logical reasoning, problem solving, data analysis, and the communication of mathematical ideas. Read More »

Modern Languages

Modern Languages

The Modern Languages department provides a stimulating environment for students who love languages, literature, and the craft of written expression. Read More »

Music

Music

The Department of Music maintains a philosophy of education which seeks to provide a means for spiritual, intellectual and artistic development consistent with a liberal education. Read More »

Nursing

Nursing

Why BCU nursing? Our graduates have a 100-percent employment rate, and every nursing alum who has applied to graduate school has been accepted. No other nursing program in Iowa provides more clinical experience. Our revamped laboratories are state-of-the-art, our faculty are all active in clinical practice and we are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Read More »

Physics

Physics

The physics program aims to meet the needs of those who wish to acquire a general knowledge of physics as part of their cultural development. It meets the needs of those who seek the pre- professional training in engineering, medicine, dentistry, medical technology and teaching; and it meets the needs of those students who plan a career in physics or scientific research. Read More »

Psychology

Psychology

Believe it or not, only about 40 percent of psychologists are counselors or therapists. The rest are government or military workers, school counselors, research assistants, data analysis technicians — even pharmacists! Read More »

Social Work

Social Work

Be part of Briar Cliff’s Social Work Program, which has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1974. Our graduates are recognized for their skills and commitment to serving as agents of social change Read More »

Sociology and Criminal Justice

Sociology and Criminal Justice

The sociology department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, and several interdisciplinary minors including diversity studies, global studies, legal studies and social research. These programs prepares students to participate actively and responsibly in their local communities and in society at large. The major offers students the basic knowledge, skills and opportunities to begin graduate school or careers in a variety of fields. Read More »

Theatre

Theatre

The Briar Cliff theatre department teaches all aspects of theatre: acting, directing, stage makeup, oral interpretation, stagecraft, costume design, research techniques, theatre history, play analysis and much more. Classroom instruction supports stage production. In our program, the emphasis is on you. Our goal is to provide you with the best instruction and the most exhilarating theatrical experiences possible. Read More »

Theology and Philosophy

Theology and Philosophy

Theology and Philosophy are the sister sciences that help us to understand the world around us. Theology builds on what we receive in faith through God's revelation and philosophy builds on what we receive through thoughtful consideration of the world around us. Read More »