Academic Departments | Briar Cliff University

Academic Departments

Applied Health and Exercise Sciences

The Department of Applied Health and Exercise Sciences 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 students.

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The Department of Art pursues an approach to the visual fine arts that focuses on the development of the individual creating artist. Our mission is to prepare artistically competent and liberally educated individuals.

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With more than 80 years of instruction in the health sciences, and with the largest U.S. urban prairie in its own backyard, the BCU Department of Biology excels at all levels from molecules to ecosystems.

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The mission of the department of business 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.

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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.

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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.

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Digital Media

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

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In the Franciscan tradition, our Department of Education prepares teacher candidates through community and service. Our program is known for producing caring, distinguished teachers and is fully approved by the Iowa Department of Education.

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The Department of History 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.

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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.

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Modern Languages

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

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With an annual schedule of more than 30 performances and an accomplished artist faculty whose collective teaching experience exceeds 100 years, our music department exemplifies the unity of musicianship and educational practice needed for success in the real world.

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing programs at Briar Cliff University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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Physical Therapy

Briar Cliff offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program with a progressive, clinical-based curriculum that promotes hands-on service learning experiences.

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The Department of Psychology provides all students an opportunity to investigate the science of behavioral and mental processes.

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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.

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Sociology and Criminology

The Department of Sociology and Criminology offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, and several interdisciplinary minors including legal studies and social research. These programs prepares students to participate actively and responsibly in their local communities and in society at large.

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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.

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Olivia Matz Study Abroad Ruins

When you leave the country, you quickly realize that the world is a bigger place than what you thought. Now is the time to build those worldwide relationships and connections.

Olivia Matz

Biology and Spanish