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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 part of their liberal arts education.  Many of the courses stress a theoretical orientation while others will stress application in life situations.  The department integrates undergraduate education, teaching, research, and service activities to further the overall mission of the university.

At the undergraduate level, the purpose of the department is to provide introductory service courses for a large portion of the total undergraduate student population at Briar Cliff. Typically, psychology undergraduate majors follow one of three tracks:

(1) some students plan ultimately to attend graduate school in psychology;

(2) other students desire an undergraduate program that will lead to a job in a particular area (e.g., an entry level counseling or clinical position);

(3) other students simply want to obtain a Bachelor's degree and enter the workforce.

In each case, the curriculum in the Psychology major is purposely flexible to accommodate these paths. 

Essentially, the curriculum has been designed to provide undergraduate majors with a well-represented perspective of the field of psychology.  This design allows students to either pursue a successful career following completion of their Bachelors degree or pursue graduate studies in any area of psychology.