The mission of the Briar Cliff University 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
These days, nearly everyone either uses or depends on computers -- and the people they depend on to make those computers useful are computer science majors. The Briar Cliff computer science program gives students a thorough understanding of how computers work and provides students with the opportunity to develop the computer programming and problem solving skills that are in demand in the business world today.
The department of education offers an elementary education major, a secondary education major and minor, and education courses for endorsements in academic disciplines. Students successfully completing the professional preparation program for teacher education are eligible to apply for teacher licensure.
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.
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.
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. Students will gain knowledge through theory, practical and applied learning which will provide the valuable education and experience needed for a career in this challenging field.
The Modern Languages department provides a stimulating environment for students who love languages, literature, and the craft of written expression. To prepare for professions compatible with those interests, students may choose from a rich variety of courses that may lead to careers in education, law, library science, government, business writing, marketing, public relations, grant writing, creative writing, editing, technical writing, and many other exciting fields.
Nursing is the largest health care profession in the United States, but it is also one of the most challenging. It is both an art and a science, blending critical thinking, technical abilities, a compassionate heart, and healing hands.
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.
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!
Social work is a helping profession. Social workers assess human problems and engage in problem-solving. The social worker understands the process of individual development and interaction with the social environment. The student's knowledge, values and skills are used in a professionally supervised practicum in a social agency during the senior year. This field experience of 450 clock hours is a significant dimension of the program.
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.
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.
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.