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T here ’s m o r e. Have you started to think that all colleges and universities are the same? That they all promise you the perfect experience, no matter who you are? It’s enough to make you tune them out. At Bridgewater, we know better than to make that promise. No college can be all things to all people. We may offer more than you realize – a gorgeous campus and great learning opportunities, highly accessible professors and surprisingly low tuition – but we want to be straight with you. We know you need the facts, not the hype. So is Bridgewater right for you? There’s no simple answer. But we do promise that if you learn more about us, you’ll be ready to decide for yourself.

Expect more. Achieve more.

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JUST THE FACTS • Year founded: 1840 • Campus in 1840: one room in the basement of Town Hall • Our campus today: 270 acres, 38 buildings • Students in 1840: 27 • Students today: approximately 11,000 (undergraduate and graduate) • Alumni network: 50,000 strong • Student/faculty ratio in 1840: 27:1 • Student/faculty ratio today: 18.6:1 • Full-time faculty holding doctorates or other terminal degrees: 92%

• Distance from Boston: 28 miles – and we have our own T stop • Student clubs and organizations: 65 and counting • NCAA Division III varsity sports teams: 21 • Students whose work has been published: more than 400 so far • Volunteer service hours performed in a single year: nearly 24,000 (students, faculty and staff combined) • Number of degrees awarded in 2009: 2,100 (third highest among all Massachusetts public institutions)

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Devan Carrington, ’11 Criminal Justice When I first came to Bridgewater, it was because of the great program in athletic training. But then I explored criminal justice and found that I loved it, so I switched. There are many different career paths in this field, and it’s great that Bridgewater gives you so many opportunities to build your résumé. Almost everything I’ve done here has helped prepare me for the future. I’ve served as a resident adviser, orientation leader, campus tour guide and the Student Government Association president of my class. I’m the president of Men Integrated in Brotherhood (MIB), a group that encourages male students to get involved on campus and helps them stay in school. These experiences have transformed me. I’m more confident, more of a leader, and more excited about life. I’ve learned that the opportunities here are meaningful – and I know I’ll have a lot of options after I graduate.

DEVAN CARRINGTON, ’11, DISCUSSES CAREER OPTIONS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH BSU POLICE OFFICER, KEVIN MACDERMOTT

Think you won’t find your passion? …

More choices. We’ve worked hard to learn about the things that interest Bridgewater students – what they want to study, where they want to go and what they want to do with their lives. With this knowledge, we’ve developed a wide variety of academic programs designed to suit the specific needs and ambitions of our students. If you have a goal in mind, we’ll help you get there. And if you’re not sure of your direction yet, we’ll help you find it. It’s a great opportunity to discover what you really love to do.

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B R I D G E W AT E R A R E A S O F S T U D Y

With more than 90 areas of study to choose from, Bridgewater gives you many opportunities to explore your interests and expand your knowledge. Here is a sampling of majors offered at Bridgewater: MANAGEMENT

Industry is the engine that drives our economy – and good business management is essential to economic success, both national and international. In Bridgewater’s management program, students explore business decisions in real-world contexts to understand the social, cultural, ethical and financial impacts. And if you undertake an internship, this will deepen your firsthand experience and help prepare you for success in your field. CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Every society has laws, and where there are laws, there is criminal behavior. How do we decide where to draw the line, and how do we deal with those who have crossed it? In Bridgewater’s criminal justice program, students examine this complex system from all angles: making the law, enforcing it and imprisoning the offenders. You’ll consider how each of these components influences society, politics and economics. The career possibilities are endless and fascinating, from crime scene investigation and forensics to law enforcement and criminology. MOVEMENT ARTS, HEALTH PROMOTION AND LEISURE STUDIES (MAHPLS)

Today, more people than ever are focused on physical health and vigor as key influences on their success and satisfaction in life. Bridgewater’s MAHPLS program immerses students in the world of exercise and fitness, preparing them to answer the growing demand for personal trainers, fitness club administrators, team athletic trainers, physical education teachers, coaches, physical therapists and more. You’ll explore the science of physical health and discover the many ways you can contribute to the improvement of our nation’s well-being.

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Brandon Reynolds, ’11 Sociology

After high school, I was unsure of my purpose in life. I started out at Bridgewater as a biology major, and I thought about transferring to nursing school. I’m very glad I stayed here. Overall, I owe a lot to Dr. Jonathan White, the sociology department and the Community Service Office. Through Dr. White, I found the Social Justice League and began participating in service projects. I’m now the SJL president, and I’ve also helped communities through Circle K (a community service group), Habitat for Humanity and a winter break service trip to Belize. Before coming to Bridgewater, I didn’t really understand the global social problems that are out there. I didn’t think about them. Now I know that this is where I want to focus my life. I’ve been volunteering to help the homeless through Father Bill’s & MainSpring in Brockton, and they’ve offered me a job. This only happened because of what I’ve learned and done at Bridgewater. If you have the desire to do something, Bridgewater is definitely going to help you do it.

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BIOLOGY

All life relates back to biology, beginning with simple cell division and progressing to complicated issues of health, the environment, biotechnology and more. Bridgewater’s biology students become researchers, educators, environmental managers and conservationists, forensic scientists, biotech engineers and defenders of the public health. Our program offers cutting-edge labs and equipment, including the remarkable new Science and Mathematics Center opening fall 2011 (full buildout by fall 2012). We also have unparalleled hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate students, all of which will prepare you for a compelling career path. ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE

The world of business is changing rapidly in response to new technologies, creative financial structures and an increasingly global economy. In this dynamic environment, smart accounting and finance professionals are in demand – and Bridgewater can prepare you for a career in this field. If you have a love of numbers and a head for detail, we can help you develop the skills you’ll need as an expert in domestic or international finance and taxation, banking and investments, or financial planning. SPECIAL EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

For individuals with special needs, education is an enormous challenge – yet it’s the key to greater self-respect, self-sufficiency and the possibility of a more fulfilling life. At Bridgewater, our Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders will prepare you to work as a teacher with students who have moderate or severe disabilities or to embark on a career in speech-language pathology or audiology. You’ll graduate with the skills you need to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them learn and communicate more effectively.

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Transforming the learning environment

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The $98.7 million expansion and renovation project at Bridgewater’s Conant Science Building is creating a new Science and Mathematics Center encompassing state-of-the-art laboratories and high-tech classrooms. With this undertaking, Bridgewater is reaffirming our longstanding commitment to science and mathematics students. The new center will provide even more opportunities for great classroom experiences, complex research projects, outreach and service learning.

A LEED-certified learning space, the 211,000-square-foot center will double the size of the university’s science and math facilities and integrate the departments of biological sciences, chemical sciences, mathematics and computer science, earth sciences, geography, and physics. The building will feature natural science gardens, an observatory with a 160-foot dome, a multistory atrium, an auditorium, a coffee shop and more. The center is opening Fall 2011, with its full buildout for the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.

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Allison Galanis, ’10 Biology

I always imagined I’d attend college in Boston, but when the time came to choose, my gut sent me to Bridgewater. As it turns out, my gut was right. Thanks to an amazing experience here, I’m entering a doctoral program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Bridgewater made this possible by offering excellent undergraduate research opportunities and access to outstanding faculty. My co-mentors – Dr. Jeffrey Bowen and Dr. Merideth Krevosky – provided incredible guidance and support. They’ve shown me that wherever you want to go and whatever you want to experience, Bridgewater’s faculty will help you get there. At Bridgewater, I’ve had the chance to do everything from a research conference in Montana to a summer job at Woods Hole and community service in Belize. Although I originally wanted to be a veterinarian, my focus is now on research and teaching. As Dr. Bowen pointed out, my curiosity is strong, and no matter what I learn, I always have more questions.

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ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE Accounting Finance

CHEMISTRY/GEOLOGY COMMUNICATION STUDIES Corporate Communication

HISTORY Military History MANAGEMENT

POLITICAL SCIENCE American Politics

Individualized

General Management

International Affairs

Global Management

Legal Studies

General Anthropology

Media Studies and Communication Technologies

Information Systems Management

Public Archeology

Speech Communication

Marketing

PSYCHOLOGY

Operations Management

SOCIAL WORK

ANTHROPOLOGY Cultural Anthropology

ART

Dance Education

Art Education

Theater Arts

MATHEMATICS

Art History

Theater Education

MUSIC

Crafts

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Fine Arts

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Graphic Design New Media Photography ATHLETIC TRAINING

Victimology EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Early Education and Care, PreK-K EARTH SCIENCES General

Music Education PHILOSOPHY Applied Ethics PHYSICAL EDUCATION Coaching Exercise Science/Health Fitness

Aviation Management

Environmental Geosciences

Motor Development Therapy/Adapted Physical Education

Flight Training

Geology

Recreation

AVIATION SCIENCE

BIOLOGY

ECONOMICS

Biomedical/Molecular Biology

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

Ecological Biology

ENGLISH

General Biology BUSINESS – SEE MANAGEMENT, ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE CHEMISTRY Biochemistry

English Education (High School, Middle School) Writing GEOGRAPHY HEALTH STUDIES

Environmental Chemistry

Community Health

Professional Chemistry

School Health

Recreation and Fitness Club Administration Teacher Licensure in Physical Education (PreK-8) Teacher Licensure in Physical Education (5-12) PHYSICS General Physics Professional Physics

Public Administration

SOCIOLOGY City, Community and Region Education Global Studies SPANISH SPECIAL EDUCATION Communication Disorders

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MINORS

ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

PUBLIC HISTORY

ACTUARIAL SCIENCE

FILM STUDIES

PUBLIC RELATIONS

AFRICAN STUDIES

GEOGRAPHY

RECREATION

AMERICAN STUDIES

GEOPHYSICS

ANTHROPOLOGY

GLBT STUDIES

RUSSIAN AND EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES

ART

GRAPHIC DESIGN

ART HISTORY

HEALTH PROMOTION

ASIAN STUDIES AVIATION SCIENCE

HEALTH RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

BIOCHEMISTRY

HISTORY

BIOLOGY

INCLUSIVE PRACTICES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

URBAN AFFAIRS

LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES

BIOTECHNOLOGY CANADIAN STUDIES CHEMISTRY CIVIC EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

SOCIAL WELFARE SOCIOLOGY SPANISH STUDIO ART THEATER ARTS

MANAGEMENT

COACHING

MATHEMATICS

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

MIDDLE EAST STUDIES

COMMUNICATION STUDIES

MUSIC

COMPUTER SCIENCE

PHILOSOPHY

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

PHYSICS

DANCE

POLITICAL SCIENCE

EARTH SCIENCES

PORTUGUESE

ECONOMICS ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

ETHNIC STUDIES

PSYCHOLOGY

ENGLISH

SECONDARY EDUCATION (HIGH SCHOOL, MIDDLE SCHOOL, PREK-12 SPECIALIST)

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Julia LaMotte, ’13 Psychology The minute I set foot on campus, I knew Bridgewater was right for me. It’s a beautiful place with a welcoming vibe. As a resident on campus and then as a commuter, I’ve found a thousand ways to get involved and feel connected. I was raised in a very Jewish home, but fitting in here has never been a problem. Working in the Student Government Association, I’ve had a chance to see how many new clubs are established every year. It’s easy to find people with common interests. Getting involved on campus also opened my eyes to how Bridgewater is constantly improving itself. Our president is very proactive about taking this school to the highest possible level. Most important, this has been a great place to start my career in child psychology. I went to Canada on a Killam Fellowship and had the opportunity to talk with Fulbright Scholars who are doing what I want to do once I graduate. It was awesome to hear their stories and realize all the possibilities that lie ahead.

Think science is something you learn at a desk? ‌

More experiences. Learning is a lifelong journey, so you’ll need to know how to learn outside of the classroom – and we can make that happen. More and more of the courses at Bridgewater incorporate elements of hands-on education, community service and real-world experience. You’ll also have opportunities to sign up for an internship, spend time abroad or pursue a research project. By the time our students graduate, they are active and independent scholars of life, prepared to further their interests in almost any setting they can imagine.

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BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Actual experience: There’s no better way to prepare for success in life. At Bridgewater, we want you to get out into the real world – here or abroad, as a student or in the workplace – and see for yourself. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Are you someone who’s always looking for ways to learn more? Then you’ve come to the right place. Bridgewater is the only public college or university in Massachusetts that offers funded research opportunities to undergraduate students. Through programs like the Adrian Tinsley Program for Undergraduate Research and the Shea Scholar Program, we’ll support and encourage your in-depth scholarly pursuits in virtually any subject. With guidance from a faculty mentor, you’ll design your own research project and proceed through the steps of inquiry, critical thinking and writing that will lead to a finished paper. We are proud of our many students who present their findings at local and national symposiums and conferences, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

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BRIDGEWATER SENIOR ASHLEY KANE, ’10, WORKS ON HER RESEARCH PROJECT WITH FACULTY MENTOR DR. MERIDETH KREVOSKY

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BRIDGEWATER STUDENTS DESIGN AND BUILD SETS FOR THE THEATER PRODUCTION OF CABARET

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INTERNSHIPS

An internship is a work experience – and an invaluable learning moment as well. It’s a way to test out a career, develop important life skills, apply your classroom knowledge to real-world situations and begin building a network of useful contacts. In many cases, an internship paves the way to full-time employment after graduation. At Bridgewater, we believe that career-related work experience is wonderful for your résumé and will contribute in positive ways to your personal growth.

TECHNOLOGY

Regardless of whether you’re learning on campus or off, Bridgewater’s awarding-winning technology keeps you connected to the world at large – and to the things you need to know. In your courses, you’ll have access to discussion forums, collaborative software, electronic databases, document delivery and other online resources. Our InfoBear site makes it easy to browse through the catalog and register for classes. All of our learning environments are both wired and wireless, from our classrooms and labs to the library, residence halls and other buildings. So if you want to work online while soaking up the sun on the lawn outside Boyden Hall, you’ll have no problem finding our network. We’ve also established open access computer labs, kiosks and charging stations throughout the campus.

https://infobear.bridgew.edu

Sean McCartney, ’11 Management When I graduated from high school, I wasn’t ready for college – so I joined the Air Force and then traveled across the country getting some pretty interesting jobs. For a while, I provided sports massage to Olympic athletes and a semiprofessional basketball team. I spent summers working in the cafeterias at Bridgewater as a teenager, so when I was ready for college, Bridgewater felt like the right place. It’s also extremely affordable. My schedule lets me take classes full-time while also working full-time as the dining hall supervisor at East Campus Commons. So far, Bridgewater has exceeded all expectations. My professors are phenomenal, and their life experience adds greatly to what they’re teaching. When I realized that my management classes are actually relevant to my job at the dining hall, I applied what I’m learning and changed my management style. I’m a much better supervisor as a result. Our professors are teaching us how to succeed in real life, and that’s exactly what I want to know.

Thirsting for adventure? As a Bridgewater student, you can pursue your studies almost anywhere around the globe. STUDY ABROAD

You can spend an academic semester or a year in another country of your choosing, such as England, Australia, Spain, Italy, France or Costa Rica. We offer semester exchange programs with partner institutions across the U.S. and in countries such as Ireland, Japan, Canada and Brazil. If you’re looking for a shorter experience, you can try a summer study tour in a place like Portugal, Turkey, Jordan or Oxford University in England. You might also be interested in one of our winter study tours, which have taken students to Mexico, Hawaii, Egypt, Nicaragua and more. Wherever you go, you will broaden your understanding of other cultures and societies, enriching your education immeasurably.

• A group of students traveled to Tanzania with Professor John Hooker, where they taught classes at a community center, worked with children in a school and an orphanage, lived with Masai families to gain a deeper understanding of their culture – and even hiked up Kilimanjaro. • When Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan brings students to Nicaragua for the “Geography of Coffee” study tour, they spend two weeks learning firsthand about this country’s challenges, communities and coffee-farming efforts. Students spend part of the time living on coffee estates and observing the harvest of this beloved bean. • As part of an independent research project, four students and their professor – Dr. Teresa King – traveled to Jordan to conduct research on perceptions of body image among that country’s population. While collecting data about religious practices, health and eating behaviors, and self-perception, the students also built relationships within the community and enjoyed the culture’s foods and traditions. • Dr. Chifuru Noda’s recent study tour to Japan was an opportunity for students to examine the country’s culture with guidance from true locals: their professor and his family. The students experienced everything from temples, shrines, palaces and museums to a concert, a baseball game, a Mazda factory, the “bullet train” and the memorials at Hiroshima.

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Courtney Cardoza, ’12 Elementary Education / History Bridgewater’s education program made a big difference for me right off the bat. I’ve known since third grade that I wanted to be a teacher, but I came to college without any experience in education. At Bridgewater, I was able to take a class early on that required 20 hours of observation. I was finally inside a real classroom – and this sealed the deal. I definitely want to teach. I live on campus and I’m a tour guide, so I’ve come to know and love Bridgewater very well. I love the diversity of the students, and our Center for Multicultural Affairs is great. Their LINKS mentoring program helps first-year students of color build a support system, get involved and gain confidence. I had a mentor during my first year, and now I’m a mentor myself. I’m also a member of the Cape Verdean Student Association. Bridgewater has really taught me the value of connecting with people. I’ve done a lot of community service here and I’m glad that I’ve chosen a career that involves helping people. As a teacher, I’m always going to enjoy what I do.

Think college is all about studying? ‌

More fun. Yes, college is about what your professors can teach you. But at Bridgewater, it’s also about stretching your mind in other directions – taking in more music, volunteering your time, picking up a new sport, meeting people with common interests, even meeting people whose interests are completely unfamiliar. Having fun is a crucial part of the college experience, so we encourage endless kinds of student activities, and we’re open to whatever strikes you. The result is a campus that’s always buzzing, where you can always find – or start – something you’d like to do.

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IT’S COMMUTERS VS. RESIDENT STUDENTS AT BRIDGEWATER’S ANNUAL SPRINGFEST MUD VOLLEYBALL COMPETITION – “THE MUD BOWL”

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Opportunities should be abundant during your college years – opportunities not just to learn, but to discover new experiences, make lifelong friends, explore your interests and expand your horizons. Bridgewater is a great place to start.

OUR CAMPUS

Bridgewater’s campus is often the deciding factor for students. Some love the classic college atmosphere accented by rolling lawns, winding pathways and our mix of modern and traditional architecture. For others, the 270-acre campus is the perfect size – small enough to walk, large enough to feel substantial. The community is closeknit, yet we have the space and facilities to make our campus an eventful place. And that’s not all. Bridgewater is less than 30 miles from Boston and 35 from Providence, with easy access to outstanding museums and art galleries, wonderful restaurants and shopping, great beaches, great ball games and more. We’ve even got a commuter rail stop on campus.

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Nicole Mitchell, ’11 Communication Studies At Brockton High School, I was the vice president of our Future Teachers Association, and we took field trips to the Bridgewater campus – so I learned about Bridgewater early. It’s a great choice for me because I’m commuting from Fall River while also raising my son, Aidan, who just turned 4. The community here is very supportive. I was in my first year of classes when I had Aidan, and my professors were wonderful about the situation. And Aidan gets excellent child care right here on campus at the Children’s Center, where Bridgewater students with children get priority and pay lower fees. Maybe this is what inspires me to do so much community service work. During my first two years here, I visited local schools as a Jumpstart volunteer and helped preschool children learn social and literacy skills. I’m working in Bridgewater’s Community Service Office as a coordinator for Jumpstart projects. Bridgewater taught me that I can do what needs to be done, even when it’s hard, and I want to make sure that our local kids get this message, too.

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RESIDENTS AND COMMUTERS

Ask any Bridgewater student about our school, and you’ll hear the same answer: Life here is what you make of it – so get involved! This is true for campus dwellers and commuters alike. Whether you live in a residence hall or arrive each day by bus, train or car, whether you’re part time or full time, you are an essential part of the community as a whole. In either case, we encourage you to be proactive and make the most of everything Bridgewater offers. So have lunch with your professor, attend a guest lecture or participate in community service. Try out for one of our athletic teams or join one of our many clubs. The friends and connections you’ll make will enrich your experience and stay with you for life. CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

At Bridgewater, we believe in encouraging your interests. If something sparks your imagination, then it’s worth pursuing, and the pursuit becomes part of your education. Our Office of Student Involvement and Leadership is the place that gets you started. We offer advice, suggest groups you might like to join and help develop and plan new organizations and events. Bridgewater students participate in more than 65 clubs and associations, and that number is growing. We have our own radio station, various social and cultural associations, fraternities and sororities, and a wide range of clubs covering countless interests from biology, anthropology and social justice to aviation, anime, skiing, snowboarding and yoga. Bridgewater students thrive on involvement, so we hope you’ll find plenty of ways to get engaged. And if you want to organize an event or start your own club, we’re here to help you do that.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE

One thing we’ve learned about students at Bridgewater is that many of them want to give back to the community. Some have been volunteering since high school, while others are actively seeking that first opportunity. The spirit of generosity that pervades our campus is remarkable – and we welcome it. If you’re interested in community service, a good place to start is our Community Service Center, which organizes and coordinates service opportunities in three primary areas: basic needs (food, shelter, clothing), people to people (working with children, teens, adults and the elderly), and earth matters (hands-on environmental efforts). We have programs that give you a chance to give back once in a while, every week, on a particular holiday or even during your spring break. You’ll find community service elements in many of our courses as well as opportunities to put together an event of your own devising. For years, our students have helped Bridgewater make a difference in neighboring communities and in communities around the world. We value and encourage every contribution. PUBLICATIONS

We want to ensure that Bridgewater students interested in writing and publishing have many opportunities to explore these interests. The Undergraduate Review features student research and creative work, and our students publish an online and print newspaper The Comment – during the academic year. Our student-managed publications strive to showcase student visual arts and writing in a variety of formats, and they have won many prestigious awards, including a Gold Medal in Annual Critiques by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the Associated Collegiate Press’s Pacemaker Award.

ATHLETICS

The athletics program at Bridgewater offers 21 NCAA Division III varsity teams and a variety of intramural, club and recreational sports, providing opportunities to play and compete at almost any level. Our facilities – including the 84,000-squarefoot multipurpose Tinsley Center – are designed to help teams and individuals take their athleticism to the highest levels. We like to win – but our programs are about more than that. Our student-athletes also gain valuable insights into the benefits of teamwork, cooperation, leadership and determination. We believe that the life lessons you learn in a sport will help you excel in academics and in your career.

CLUB SPORTS

INTRAMURAL SPORTS

Men’s Lacrosse Cheerleading Dance Team Men’s Ice Hockey Hip Hop Club “Kinetic Edge” Equestrian Karate Ultimate Frisbee Outdoor Adventure

Indoor Soccer Wiffleball League Arena Flag Football Family Feud Team Handball Volleyball Golf Tournament Madden 2010 on XBOX LIVE And many more ...

MEN’S VARSITY SPORTS Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Indoor Track & Field Soccer Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field Wrestling WOMEN’S VARSITY SPORTS Basketball Cross Country Field Hockey Indoor Track & Field Lacrosse Soccer Softball Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field Volleyball

BRIDGEWATER IS A MEMBER OF: • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III • Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) • Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) • Little East Conference (LEC) • New England Football Conference (NEFC) • Pilgrim Wrestling League (PWL)

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Dan Kent, ’10 Sociology / Special Education Before I knew much about Bridgewater, a friend brought me here for Springfest, and I realized that this was a place where I could really get involved. The special ed program looked great, too – so I applied. Ever since arriving, I’ve been doing community service, and I feel like I’ve found my calling. Dr. Jonathan White, one of my sociology professors, introduced me to his high school mentoring program and the Social Justice League, and these have changed my life. My fraternity is thought of on campus as a community service organization, and my long-term goal is to start a nonprofit. I have an older brother who is a cancer survivor, and I’ve worked at Paul Newman’s camp in Ireland, but the faculty here at Bridgewater opened my eyes to even more ways of contributing. Dr. White and Dr. Michele Wakin have both been mentors to me. I didn’t expect to work closely with faculty members like this, and the experience has been transformative.

Think your professors won’t know your name? …

More connections. We believe that our faculty is the most important resource we can offer to our students. Bridgewater professors are engaged in their work, excited about teaching and eager to connect with and inspire their students. For them, it’s personal. This means that your teachers will know who you are and where your interests lie. Whether you need academic advice, guidance in your research, or an introduction to someone who might be important to your career, they understand where you’re coming from – and they’ll go the extra mile.

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B R I D G E W AT E R F A C U LT Y

Bridgewater students have little interest in the ivory towers of the world. They want to learn about life, work and how to make a difference – and they turn to our faculty to help them. OUR FACULTY

Our professors are more than up to the task. They are notable scholars, yet many of them bring real-world experience to the classroom. Among the full-time faculty, 92 percent hold doctorates or other terminal degrees in their respective fields, yet they are resolutely down-to-earth and dedicated to their students. You’ll find that your professors are willing to collaborate and ready to treat you as an equal. Although many of them have served as industry advisers in the highest levels of business and government, they will listen to your ideas with respect and genuine interest. For all their accomplishments, what they want most is to teach – and teach well. Your experience will also benefit from the assistance of our dedicated librarians, professional administrators and support staff. Together, our faculty and staff will serve as mentors, guides and the guardians of your greatest aspirations.

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ART MAJORS AT BRIDGEWATER INVESTIGATE A FULL RANGE OF CREATIVE EXPRESSION ALONGSIDE COMMITTED FACULTY

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TEACHING FROM THE HEART

Our faculty are engaged in research as well as civic and community projects, and they bring a wealth of experience, energy and passion to the classroom. Students profit from fresh ideas that inspire new ways of thinking. • Dr. Thomas King took his own research on Einstein’s theory of general relativity and black holes and incorporated it into his physics classes. Under his guidance, students wrote more than 1,300 lines of original computer code calculating the optical wavefronts that distort black holes. • To help improve water quality in Cambodia, Dr. Kevin Curry and his biology students have been working to install biosand water filters and educate citizens about the health benefits of clean drinking water. • Dr. Barbara Bond, assistant professor of social work, is conducting qualitative research on a little-known form of breast cancer – inflammatory breast cancer – an aggressive, little-studied cancer for which there is no cure. Dr. Bond and her team hope to increase awareness of symptoms, convey the urgency of early diagnosis and influence increased research for more effective treatment. • While other colleges across the nation have cut back on faculty hiring, Bridgewater has increased its full-time, tenure-track faculty by 24 since 2002. • Forty-three percent of the faculty were hired in the first decade of the new millennium.

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Julie Blanchette, ’11 Accounting and Finance I’ve always been good with numbers and I fell in love with accounting when I took a class in high school – so I’m lucky. I know where I’m going. Bridgewater first appealed to me because of its dual-degree program that gives you both a bachelor’s and a master’s in accounting. When you’re done, you’re ready to sit for the CPA exam – in just five years! I was also impressed by the campus when I visited. As it turns out, Bridgewater has been ideal. I live on campus and have found great ways to get involved – as a soccer player, resident adviser, member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and member of the National Residence Hall Honorary. I’m doing a tax internship and I’m in the Honors Program. The strong female professors in my department – like Patricia Bancroft and Kathleen Sevigny – have really inspired me. There’s no question that the faculty at Bridgewater want you to excel and succeed.

Think your options are limited? ‌

More possibilities. There’s a reason you go to college. It’s a great life experience, but in the end, it should prepare you for everything that’s next. At Bridgewater, we don’t expect you to know your goals right away. What we expect is that you’ll be working to identify them while you’re here. And we’ll support this process in many ways – from career counseling and résumé reviews to networking events and more. We are dedicated to helping you find and follow a path to success.

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Chuna Keophannga, ’08 Management I didn’t get a job straight out of school, but Bridgewater’s Office of Career Services gave me the tools I needed for my search. I came across a Commonwealth of Massachusetts table at a job fair and learned of an open position for a business management specialist. Since that was my field, I applied for the job – and now I work for the Department of Transportation. I’ve been here for about a year, and the job has been great so far. I’m working in the bond fund section of the Capital Expenditure Program, tracking funding for different construction projects across the state. If a project is exceeding its budget, it’s going to need additional funds. The next step for me is probably business school, preferably an MBA in marketing. At Bridgewater, I was a member of Sigma Beta Delta (the business department honor society), and I think my experiences at college have prepared me well to succeed in graduate school. If I’m wrong, I can go back to the job I had while at Bridgewater – I was an auto mechanic! – but I don’t think this will happen. Bridgewater has helped me feel confident about creating the career I want.

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For Bridgewater students, the Office of Career Services is a resource throughout their college experience, not just during the final year. Experiential learning is a key part of your education, and we are here to help you get it. We maintain databases of employers, internship opportunities, and jobs – all of which are at your disposal. Even when you don’t know yet what career is right for you, our services can be useful. We’ll help you explore options, begin building a résumé and find alumni who can offer insights about various occupations. Once you start focusing more strongly on a particular area of interest, we’ll help you look for internships and other opportunities. As graduation approaches, we’ll continue to help you build skills and prepare for the process of interviewing and securing a job. We’ll organize job fairs and alumni discussion panels, and we’ll also provide more personal assistance through career counseling, job searches and mock interviews. A recent survey showed that 94 percent of Bridgewater graduates were either employed or enrolled in graduate school within a year. This will be our goal for you, too.

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SEE FOR YOURSELF. Every university has its own strengths and personality, and Bridgewater is no exception. If you’re interested in our school, we encourage you to visit the campus and experience what we’re all about. Bridgewater is defined by the people in our community – from students and faculty members to staff, administration and partners – and we hope you’ll feel at home.

To learn more about our tours, information sessions and open houses, please visit www.bridgew.edu/admission.

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POLICY ON NONDISCRIMINATION Bridgewater State University does not discriminate in admission to or access to, or treatment or employment in, any of its educational programs or activities, including scholarships, loans and athletics, on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, age, sexual orientation, national origin, political belief or affiliation, veteran status or disability. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY Bridgewater State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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Bridgewater State University Admissions Viewbook 2011