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Psychology Department

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! 

Guess which company has the most number pf psychologists on staff. If you guessed Proctor and Gamble, you were right. The household goods company has its psychologists perform market analysis, product design, product placement testing and product usability assessment. 

Opportunities in the field of psychology are limitless, because it is, by definition, the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. 

Typically, psychology undergraduate majors at Briar Cliff follow one of three tracks:

  1. Some students plan ultimately to attend graduate school in psychology;
  2. Other students desire an undergraduate program that will lead to a job in a particular area (e.g., an entry level counseling or clinical position);
  3. Other students simply want to obtain a Bachelor's degree and enter the workforce.

Do I have to go to graduate school?

No, you do not have to go to graduate school. In fact, nealry 70 percent of our students seek emloyment immediately after graduation. With that being said, there are certain occupations within the field of psychology in which a graduate degree is a necessity.Our remaining students enter graduate or professional programs in psychology (clinical, industrial/organizational, experimental, educational), social work, law and medicine, among others. 

Talk with our department about your career aspirations, and we will guide you in the right direction!

Why should I do research?

Whether you are pursuing a degree right out of undergrad or going to graduate school, research can be important. It provides a venue, outside of the classroom, for professors to observe you and get to know you, possibly leading to stronger letters of recommendation from them. It helps students learn many valuable lessons which are important no matter your career path (i.e., time management, oral and written communication skills, etc.).


PSYC 102 - Drugs and Society
PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 205 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology
PSYC 275 - Individualized Special Topics Study
PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology
PSYC 295 - Experimental Psychology
PSYC 310 - Social Psychology
PSYC 320 - Psychological Assessment
PSYC 325 - Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling
PSYC 350 - Child Psychology
PSYC 352 - Psychopharmacology
PSYC 354 - Psychology of Adolescence
PSYC 355 - Adulthood and Aging
PSYC 360 - Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 365 - Human Motivation and Emotion
PSYC 375 - Individualized Special Topics Study II
PSYC 380 - Theories of Personality
PSYC 390 - Psychology Internship
PSYC 400 - Learning and Memory
PSYC 405 - Criminal Forensic Psychology
PSYC 415 - Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 455 - Applied Behavior Analysis
PSYC 460 - History and Systems
PSYC 465 - Senior Seminar
PSYC 475 - Individualized Special Topics Study III
PSYC 490 - Psychology Internship II
PSYC 500 - Behavior Principles
PSYC 510 - Applied Behavior Analysis
PSYC 520 - Ethical and Professional Conduct in Behavior Analysis
PSYC 575 - Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis I
PSYC 590 - Graduate Practicum
PSYC 600 - Single-Case Design
PSYC 610 - Functional Behavior Assessment
PSYC 620 - Behavior Intervention & Planning
PSYC 675 - Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis II


Todd Knealing
Associate Professor of Psychology

Regan Murray
Assistant Professor of Psychology; Director of Siouxland Social Science Research Center

Stephanie Bell
Associate Professor of Psychology

Corey Stocco
Assistant Professor of Psychology; Program Director, Master of Science in Behavior Analysis

Stephanie Hood
Instructor of Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Program

Related Links

Preparing for Grad School
American Psychological Association (APA)
Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)
International Psychology Honor Society (Psi Chi)

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