Your education at Briar Cliff will involve many things, but at the heart of it all is a rewarding academic experience that will influence more than your résumé — it will shape your character. Small classes. Caring faculty. Hands-on experience. Service learning. These are the hallmarks of a degree from Briar Cliff University:
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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.
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.
Are you a kind and patient person, who loves working with children and adults — particularly those with special needs? If so, majoring in behavior analysis might be the right choice for you.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Prepare for chiropractic school with real, hands-on experience. Study inside one of the region’s only educational cadaver labs, or work with some of the most state-of-the-art biology equipment any undergraduate school has to offer.
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.
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!
Prepare for dental school with real, hands-on experience. Study inside one of the region’s only educational cadaver labs, or work with some of the most state-of-the-art biology equipment and chemistry laboratories that any undergraduate school our size has to offer.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Do you love playing sports, working out, eating right and staying fit? majoring in kinesiology and human performance might be for you.
Have you ever wondered what makes some brands stronger than others? Major in marketing at Briar Cliff, and learn how to become the brains behind those brands!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Prepare for P.T. or O.T. school with real, hands-on experience — and even gain an inside track to Briar Cliff’s own Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)* program.
You don’t usually need to follow a specific curriculum to get into law school — but you’ll definitely need a well-rounded undergraduate degree. Briar Cliff has it!
Prepare for med school with real, hands-on experience. Study inside one of the region’s only educational cadaver labs, or work with some of the most state-of-the-art biology and chemistry equipment that any school our size has to offer.
Psychologists are committed to helping people and solving real-world problems, and they do it just about anywhere: in schools, hospitals, the military, non-profit organizations — even athletic teams!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you enjoy working one-on-one with kids? Do you like the idea of helping children or youth with special needs? If so, then getting a special education endorsement might be right for you!
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.
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.
Prepare for veterinary school by exploring and performing research on the nation′s largest urban tallgrass prairie, located in our own backyard. Gain hands-on experience inside one of the region′s only educational cadaver labs, or work with some of the most state-of-the-art biology equipment that any undergraduate school our size has to offer.
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.
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The minor in accounting is designed to develop a level of basic accounting competence necessary for careers including business administration, human resource management or marketing.
The minor in Art will provide valuable skills for a variety of fields, including graphic design, marketing, architecture and teaching.
Develop your intellectual abilities and technical skills, along with an appreciation of the major events that shaped art as we know it today.
The minor in biology is designed to develop students’ comprehension of the scientific method and the application of this method to investigations in biology.
The minor in business administration is designed to develop competency in management, marketing, finance, accounting and economics.
A minor in chemistry will instill knowledge valuable to a variety of fields, including pharmaceutical, health care, dentistry, ecology, and teaching.
The computer science minor is designed to develop students’ comprehension of basic problem solving using a computer.
The minor in criminal justice is designed to develop basic comprehension of crime, law enforcement, adjudication and corrections in our society.
The English minor helps prepare students for careers in business, law, education, public service and information services, among hundreds of other fields that involve the written word.
The minor in environmental science is designed to develop a student’s respect for and stewardship of the natural world.
This minor prepares students in any discipline to work in a rapidly changing population.
A minor in graphic design is designed to develop skills for students pursuing careers in print, television, website production, public relations, photography, advertising and marketing, among dozens of others.
The minor in history will develop necessary skills in a variety of fields, including education, law, government, social work, business and media, among hundreds of others.
The journalism and mass communication minor is designed to teach students basic skills that apply to the converging media industry, including radio, television, print, public relations, photography, advertising, graphic design and social media.
The program in legal studies is designed to prepare students in any major for success in law school.
The management information systems minor is designed to teach basic skills in the area of business, computer science and efficient handling of data.
A minor in mathematics is designed to develop skills in logical reasoning, problem solving, data analysis and the communication of ideas.
The minor in music is designed to develop basic musicianship. These skills can be applied in a number of career fields, including education, performing arts, ministry, marketing and media production, among others.
Philosophy is among the oldest of all fields of study and deals with eternal issues such as the meaning of existence, moral and aesthetic values, the nature of reality and the existence of God.
Students enrolled in Briar Cliff’s education program will qualify for a K-6/7-12 physical education teaching endorsement should they select this minor.
The Psychology minor is designed to develop basic understanding of behavioral and mental processes, which is helpful in a variety of career fields, including business administration, health care, research, education and graduate-level study, among others.
The minor in recreation and leisure is designed to teach students the various skills, roles and functions of sports managers. The minor will develop skills necessary for a variety of fields, including sports management, athletic training, refereeing, journalism and education, among others.
Combine the social media savvy you already have with a blend of graphic design, marketing, writing and public relations skills — and become a powerful, modern day storyteller every company craves!
This minor prepares interested students to participate actively and responsibly as researchers in their local communities, for business and governmental agencies, and for national and international organizations.
The sociology minor is designed to develop basic comprehension of the social lives of individuals, groups, culture and major social institutions.
The Spanish minor is designed to develop basic listening, speaking, writing and reading skills in the Spanish language.
If you wish to include a broad exposure to basic Christian teachings in your liberal arts education, you may elect to minor in theology.
The writing minor is designed to develop basic skills in creating, shaping, communicating and translating knowledge through the written word — valuable skills in every career a student wishes to pursue.
The following degree completion programs are available, either online or during evenings on campus at Briar Cliff University:
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Our online accounting degree program is flexible, affordable and market-relevant. It is designed to prepare you to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination.
The business administration degree is relevant to advancing in any career you pursue, from the government and education sectors to small business, retail and information technology.
Are you interested in taking on a leadership role in health care? Whether you’re a clinician or non-clinician, build upon your health care experience and get the credentials you need to advance in the field.
Our online RN-to-BSN degree program is a great way to advance your career, maximize your earning potential and become better at what you do best: helping people!
Our online degree in operations management will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful manager of business operations, particularly in the manufacturing and production industries.
Complete an online Bachelor of Social Work degree, wherever you are, through one of the only online, CSWE-accredited social work programs in the country. The best part? You don’t have to leave your community to do it!
If you’re already a certified nurse practitioner, our post-master’s DNP program is designed to take you to the next level in just two calendar years!
Briar Cliff is developing a Doctor of Physical Therapy* program. If accredited, the DPT program will offer a progressive, clinical-based curriculum that promotes hands-on service learning experiences.
Pursue higher credentials in the field of human resources. This emphasis is fully aligned with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) guidelines.
Looking to optimize your own management techniques? This emphasis will help you — and your organization — reach your objectives.
Combine your passion for sports with a strong background in business and leadership skills, and gain that competitive edge that today’s sports industry and athletic organizations are seeking.
The field of kinesiology is evolving. So can you! Our program infuses teaching, coaching and research-based concepts that are more “hands on” than theoretical.
Prepare yourself for leadership and management positions in today’s complex health care industry.
Help shape the future of health care. Get the skills and qualifications you need to educate the next generation of nurses, and spread your passion for nursing to the college classroom.
Looking to advance your nursing degree? Join the first and only accredited Master of Science in Nursing program in Siouxland. Choose between a family nurse practitioner or an adult/gerontology nurse practitioner track.
*Effective April 29, 2015, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Briar Cliff University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.