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Accounting

Accounting

Accounting

Most people think an “accountant” and a “CPA” are the same thing. Not in the business world! That’s why our accounting program is designed to prepare you for the most important test you will ever take — the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination. Read More »

Art

Art

Art

Art is more than a four-year program of study at Briar Cliff. It’s the beginning of a lifetime of experiences, growth, ideas and expression. Study painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics or any other traditional or non-traditional technique or form. Read More »

Biochemistry

Biochemistry

Biochemistry

How does life work? Biochemistry helps us find the answer, which means it applies to medicine, dentistry, veterinary studies — and pretty much anything else that has to do with nature or science! Read More »

Biology

Biology

Biology

Equip yourself with the skills necessary for graduate school in the health sciences or other biology related field. Gain hands-on experience inside state-of-the-art laboratories unparalleled by any institution our size, including one of the region′s only educational cadaver labs. Read More »

Business Administration

Business Administration

Business Administration

Learn from veteran faculty, land engaging internships — even launch your own business with help from the Roth Center for Entrepreneurship. Also, join award-winning student organizations, including an ENACTUS team that takes “suiting up” to a whole new level! Read More »

Chemistry

Chemistry

Chemistry

Explore the fascinating world of chemistry inside revamped, state-of-the-art chemistry laboratories and with professors who know you by name (not a number). You’ll be able to tailor your chemistry degree to fit your career goals. Read More »

Computer Science

Computer Science

Computer Science

Gain a solid background in the fundamental concepts of computer science, skills that translate into an immediate job in our technology driven world! Research what interests you most — from website development to network security to video game production. Read More »

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Majoring in criminology and criminal justice provides a great base for you to become a lawyer, police officer, counselor, or just about anything else related to our country’s legal system! Read More »

Elementary Education

Elementary Education

Elementary Education

Prepare to teach kindergarten through sixth grade by majoring in elementary education, in a program that is fully approved by the Iowa Department of Education. Read More »

English

English

English

What can you do with an English degree? Perhaps a better question is, what can't you do? Prepare for graduate school or a career as an author, screenwriter, entrepreneur, lawyer, politician, journalist, teacher — there are no limits! Read More »

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Commit to solving challenges like pollution, habitat destruction and loss of biological diversity. You’ll also explore the Sioux City Prairie, the nation’s largest urban tall grass prairie, sitting in BCU’s own backyard! Read More »

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Graphic design is everywhere: Billboards and signs on buildings. Ads in a magazine. Invitations to a wedding. Even the web you’re surfing right now! Read More »

History

History

History

Exploring history at Briar Cliff is an adventure; one that will make you stand out in the career you decide to pursue: as a lawyer, writer, librarian, teacher, businessperson — or even as a politician. Along the way, uncover and discover things you never knew about humankind — and yourself! Read More »

Journalism and Mass Communication

Journalism and Mass Communication

Journalism and Mass Communication

Do you love to tell a story? Are you a thrill seeker with a creative streak, a good grasp of writing and the ability to handle deadline pressure? Majoring in journalism and mass communication might be right for you. Read More »

Kinesiology and Human Performance

Kinesiology and Human Performance

Kinesiology and Human Performance

Do you love playing sports, working out, eating right and staying fit? majoring in kinesiology and human performance might be for you. Read More »

Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics

Math classes at BCU are small in size, so professors will know you by name — not a number (you have enough numbers to worry about!). You’ll delve into challenging mathematics, physics and computer science coursework with the latest in computing technology at your fingertips. Read More »

Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science

This major is basically two programs in one: a liberal arts degree through BCU, plus a year of clinical coursework and a certificate through an approved medical laboratory science program. Read More »

Music

Music

Music

The music major focuses on voice, piano and choral conducting. Develop as a musician, then learn how to apply your talent toward success in the real world! Read More »

Basic Nursing

Basic Nursing

Basic Nursing

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is the most desired credential in health care today. Get yours from Briar Cliff, where we’ve been preparing some of the region’s most committed nurses for generations! Read More »

Psychology

Psychology

Psychology

As a psychology major, you’ll typically follow one of three tracks: prepping for graduate school; pursuing a specific, psychology related job following graduation; or obtaining a bachelor’s degree and entering the general workforce. Read More »

Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology

If you’ve ever broken a bone, you’ve probably met an x-ray technician. And chances are, that x-ray technician majored in radiologic technology! Our program is a partnership with St. Luke’s College in Sioux City. Read More »

Secondary Education

Secondary Education

Secondary Education

Teach your passion! As a secondary education major (grades 7-12), you are essentially a double major in education and whichever academic discipline you decide to pursue. Read More »

Social Work

Social Work

Social Work

Our program, which has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1974, will help you develop the skills to carry out what the profession is all about: helping people. Read More »

Sociology

Sociology

Sociology

Why do humans behave the way we do? Sociology helps find the answer, by turning data and statistics into useful information that can help make the world a better place. Read More »

Spanish

Spanish

Spanish

The Spanish major at Briar Cliff goes beyond just speaking, writing and reading fluently. It involves gaining a deeper understanding of Spanish language, literature and culture as a whole. Read More »

Sports Management

Sports Management

Sports Management

Major in sports management at Briar Cliff, and become an expert in sports promotion, sales, facilities and the other fundamental concepts that revolve around running an athletic organization. Read More »

Theology

Theology

Theology

At Briar Cliff, theology majors do some serious soul-searching and confronting of issues that effect us all — like poverty, equality and care for the environment — through the lens of our Roman Catholic and Franciscan heritage. Read More »

Writing

Writing

Writing

Learn from teacher/mentors — real, working writers — in the classroom and beyond. You’ll also have the chance to get involved in the editing and publishing of our national award-winning literary magazine, The Briar Cliff Review. Read More »