Bridgewater State University’s 235-acre campus offers more than 30 undergraduate academic programs in four different schools: the School of Business, the School of Education and Allied Studies, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Science and Mathematics. There is also a School of Graduate Studies for graduate students.
The student-faculty ratio is 22 to 1, and about 39 percent of its classes have with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include business management, marketing, journalism, education, psychology; and security and protective services. The average retention rate for freshmen is 77.8 percent.
Undergraduates can earn a bachelor of arts of bachelor of science degree in majors that include accounting and finance, art, athletic training, biology, chemistry, communication studies, earth sciences, health studies, history, English, music, social work, political science, physics and Spanish. The bachelor of science degree is offered in three areas: early childhood education, elementary education and special education.There are also more than 30 minor areas of study for students.
Among other things, the core curriculum requires students to take first and second year seminars, both with a strong emphasis on writing skills, and requirements depending on a student’s major. The university also offers a continuing and distance education program, internships, research programs, honors programs and study abroad programs.
The study abroad program is extensive. Semester-long programs are also available to students who want to immerse themselves in the cultures of England, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong, China and Japan. Each program differs, but in the China Exchange students attend classes at Shanghai Normal University, where they take Mandarin classes at the International College of Chinese Studies and courses about Chinese culture with other international students.
In the Ireland program, students take classes and live at The University of Limerick, Ollscoil Luimnigh. The University of Limerick is an independent university located in a 600-acre National Technological Park on the banks of the river Shannon.
In two Japan programs, just two students are chosen each year to travel to Wakayama, Japan, for 6-7 month spring and summer program that allows them to immerse into Japanese language and culture. Students will take mostly Japanese language courses and other courses of their choice. They live with home-stay families or in dormitories.
The school offers summer study tours in Lithuania, England, Jordan, Tanzania, China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Kenya. Germany, and Italy.
The summer program in England is the oldest international study program offered. Hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students have enjoyed the program, which includes living at Wadham College, a Medieval and Renaissance college in the heart of Oxford University. Students who enroll study English literature (including Jane Austen, Wordsworth and Coleridge), British history, the British Monarchy and Human Rights issues with Oxford faculty, see British theater, visit sites in Wales, Bath and London.