Briar Cliff University Expands Academic Offerings with Approval of Two New Bachelor of Arts Programs

January 3, 2024

(Sioux City, Iowa – January 3, 2023) Briar Cliff University is thrilled to announce the approval of two new Bachelor of Arts programs, marking a significant enhancement to our academic portfolio and underscoring our unwavering commitment to providing an exceptional education. 


At the recent December Board of Trustees meeting, approval was granted for the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Interpretation and Translation. In response to the demands of our globalized world, this program aims to bridge language barriers and facilitate effective communication. Unique in the region, this major equips students with linguistic proficiency, cultural understanding, and practical skills to excel in the field of language services. Briar Cliff University is proud to be the first higher education institution in the area to offer this groundbreaking pathway, contributing to our reputation as a hub for language excellence. 


Additionally, the newly approved Bachelor of Arts in Data Analytics responds to the needs of the era of big data. In a world where the ability to analyze and derive insights from vast datasets is a highly sought-after skill, this major provides students with the knowledge and expertise to thrive in the dynamic field of data science. The comprehensive curriculum covers data collection, analysis, visualization, and interpretation, positioning graduates to meet the growing demand for skilled data analysts across various industries. 


"These new programs align perfectly with Briar Cliff University's future-facing commitment to meet the new and emerging demands of a changing landscape in higher education," said Dr. Shirin Edwin, Provost, Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs. "I encourage everyone to explore opportunities for collaboration and involvement in shaping these programs to ensure they meet the highest standards of quality and relevance." 


The University extends gratitude to all individuals who played a crucial role in the development and approval of these programs. Their dedication to advancing the mission of Briar Cliff University is truly commendable. 


As we move forward with the implementation of these programs, we invite you to stay tuned for further details on the rollout, including information about recruitment efforts, curriculum development, and key milestones. Thank you for your continued commitment to our students' success and our university's growth.