Department of Psychology | Briar Cliff University

Department of Psychology

About our Department

The Department of Psychology provides all students an opportunity to investigate the science of behavioral and mental processes. The department offers a variety of courses for students majoring in the field, as well as for majors in allied fields and students wishing an orientation to the field as part of their liberal arts education.

Those who study psychology are committed to helping people by solving real-world problems, and they can do it just about anywhere: in schools, hospitals, the military, non-profit organizations — even athletic teams! Among other things, our psychology majors have pursued successful careers as:

  • Art Therapists
  • Behavior Analysis
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Criminal/Forensic Psychologists
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Physical and Occupational Therapists

Additionally, our majors have gone on to graduate programs in the following areas:

  • Behavior Analysis
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • School Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Upon graduation, students majoring in psychology will be able to demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of psychological theory and content, understand and apply research methodology, think critically, understand the necessity for values in psychology (e.g. ethical behavior), exhibit technological (e.g. computer) competence in exploring various components of psychology, demonstrate effective written and oral communication within the field of psychology, realize the value in exploring issues of diversity relative to the discipline, and apply psychological concepts personally and professionally.


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PSYC 102 - Drugs and Society
PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 111 - Introduction to Behavior Sciences
PSYC 11IS - Senior Seminar (Independent Study)
PSYC 205 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology
PSYC 211 - Professional Development for Psychology Majors
PSYC 275 - Individualized Special Topics Study
PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology
PSYC 295 - Experimental Psychology
PSYC 310 - Social Psychology
PSYC 311 - Ethics in Behavior Analysis
PSYC 320 - Psychological Assessment
PSYC 325 - Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling
PSYC 333 - Assessment in Behavior Analysis
PSYC 350 - Child Psychology
PSYC 352 - Psychopharmacology
PSYC 354 - Child and Adolescent Psychology
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 - Principles of Learning
PSYC 405 - Criminal Forensic Psychology
PSYC 415 - Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 452 - Introduction to Behavioral Pharmacology
PSYC 455 - Behavior Interventions
PSYC 460 - History and Systems
PSYC 465 - Senior Seminar
PSYC 475 - Individualized Special Topics Study III
PSYC 490 - Psychology Internship II
PSYC 493 - Intensive Practicum
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 and Planning
PSYC 650 - Thesis Research
PSYC 675 - Additional Elective MSBA Courses


Regan Murray

Regan Murray
Associate Professor of Psychology

Stephanie Bell

Stephanie Bell
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology

Harman, Michael

Michael Harman
Assistant Professor of Psychology; Behavior Analysis Program Director

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

I had no idea about the behavior analytic world when I started college. But ever since I was introduced to the science, I have found my passion ... I get to do something with my life that will benefit others.

Jessi Corrick

Psychology Major ('16), M.S. in Behavior Analysis ('18)

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