BSU Senior College: lifelong learning for mature adults
Important Notice regarding Senior College:
The Spring session of Bridgewater State University’s Senior College was scheduled to start on Monday, March 16, 2020 was cancelled due to conditions stemming from the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
However, as we adapt and evolve in our new work and learning environment, our commitment to education remains steadfast. To that end, we are thrilled to announce that our Senior College is offering FIVE courses available to you in a virtual/online format. The courses will be open to anyone who wants to participate who is currently enrolled (or who would like to enroll) in the Senior College.
If you have already registered your registration remains in place. We have emailed you with the details for how to access our new online courses. If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Reid at BSUseniorcollege@bridgew.edu or call 508.531.2570
Keep Learning! Keep Growing!
Bridgewater State University’s new Senior College offers intellectually stimulating seminars and courses for mature learners (50+). Our six-week courses foster creativity, self-discovery and peer education.
Participants select up to 3 courses per semester for only $55.00 per person, per semester.
Led by Experts
Courses led by BSU emeritus faculty, full and part-time faculty, and other distinguished educators in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Senior College is where adults can enjoy learning in a relaxed community of peers among leading scholars and experts who share their interests in exploring both current and historical topics and traditional disciplines. Our members come from all walks of life and bring diverse backgrounds to the classroom setting.
Online Course Descriptions
U.S. Foreign Policy in Challenging Times with Michael Kryzanek
United States Foreign Policy in Challenging Times will provide an overview of many of the key global and regional interactions that face the United States in the modern era. The goal of the course is to examine how the United States foreign policy establishment—White House, Congress, State Department, the intelligence community, and numerous lobbying organizations — responds to various concerns and crises in the international arena and seeks to advance American interests. Dr. Kryzanek provides three pre-recorded video lectures (via Zoom) along with a study guide. You will receive the link to the video lecture and can submit questions to Dr. Kryzanek as well.
Where: Online via prerecorded video lectures (available to you to watch at your leisure)
Cynthia Ricciardi, Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Participants in this introductory/intermediate genealogy session will learn how to climb into their family trees: how and where to research, how to evaluate and interpret what they find, and how to focus and organize their results.
When: Tuesdays, May 12, 19, and 26 from 1 to 2 pm (Dr. Ricciardi will offer a lecture for 30-40 minutes and then will answer questions as time allows).
Where: Online, via Zoom
Calvin Mires, Massachusetts Maritime Heritage & Archaeology
Join Dr. Mires in lectures and discussions that focus on better understanding the essential role maritime heritage played in shaping and defining culture and identity for the state, and the tangible remains of this heritage that exist in archaeological resources, such as shipwrecks and maritime culture landscapes.
When: Thursdays, May 21, 28, and June 4 from 1 to 2 pm (Dr. Mires will offer a lecture for 30-40 minutes and then will answer questions as time allows).
Where: Online, via Zoom
Kathryn Evans, Writing Your Life: Discovering the Story of Your Life's Journey
Participants will craft a narrative describing a memory, making it come to life—with feedback from the instructor and classmates—so that it might be shared with children and grandchildren.
When: Wednesdays, June 10, 17, and 24th from 2 - 4 pm (The first hour will be with your instructor, followed by a small break, and the second hour is an optional small breakout group on Zoom where you can meet with others to get feedback on your writing).
Where: Online via Zoom