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BSU Senior College

BSU Senior College: lifelong learning for mature adults

BSU Senior College

Bridgewater State University’s Senior College will offer many courses in a virtual learning format during the Fall 2022 semester along with several in-person courses. Virtual courses are offered conveniently for you in the comfort and safety of your own home via Zoom. Zoom is easy to use, once you're set up, you only need a few clicks to start talking to your peers and instructors online.

For the affordable fee of $85, you can take as many courses as you like! If you have any questions please contact or call 508.531.1052.

Registration for Spring 2023 will open on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Check back here to view the course catalog and to register. Be sure to “join our mailing list” below to be the first to hear from us about Spring 2023 special events and faculty showcase sessions. 


Fall courses run from September 8th to December 16th. Each course will take place over the course of six weeks with courses starting in September, October and November. Courses will take place on Zoom and in-person. In-person courses will take place at the Bridgewater Public Library, BSU Attleboro, and the Center for Active Living in Plymouth. Meanwhile, join our email list by clicking the button below and register to attend one of our free special virtual events to learn more about Senior College. 

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Keep Learning! Keep Growing!

Bridgewater State University’s Senior College offers intellectually stimulating seminars and courses for mature learners (50+). Our six-week courses foster creativity, self-discovery and peer education. Senior College is open to everyone. There are no educational requirements and you do not need to be an alumnus of our university. All are welcome!


Enroll in as many courses as you like this fall for just a single registration fee of $85.

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.

Are you 90 or over? 
Then you can receive a FREE Senior College membership. Please email Senior College so that we can get you registered free of charge!


Detailed Course Information

Please click on the links below for a list of courses and detailed course descriptions along with instructor biographies and a printable schedule at a glance.

Fall 2022 Quick Glance Schedule
Fall 2022 Course Catalog

Senior College Three Step Registration Process



Please pay the $85 registration fee here via our online payment portal.

Payment Portal

Complete the Continuing Studies Non-Credit Application [Click here] 

This application must be completed so that Bridgewater State University can give you access to all the amenities that our campus offers, such as technical support, the Maxwell Library, Thornburg Fitness Center and much more! 

Please note: If you have previously completed the Non-Credit Application you do not need to complete it again.

Once you pay the registration fee, you will receive another email from us (within 1-2 business days) with a link to an online form where you can select your courses. Remember you can enroll in as many courses as you like after you pay the single $85 fee!

Finally, you will receive Zoom links for all courses via email shortly after you select your courses. 

Program Partners

Bridgewater State University recognizes our community partners who engage with Senior College in course development and participant recruitment. Each of the following organizations supports the university's ability to continue to offer high-quality programming to our members throughout our region and beyond: Center for Active Living PlymouthBridgewater Public Library, and the Bridgewater Senior Center.



All of our upcoming events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. We will email you the Zoom link 2-3 days prior to each event. Events are also recorded and posted on our YouTube channel (which is linked below).

Spring Faculty Showcase Events
In these sessions you will have the opportunity to meet our instructors and learn more about what you can expect to learn in their Senior College course. Each event will feature different instructors and will be recorded and later posted on our YouTube channel.

Monday, January 9, 2023, 10-11 am, via Zoom
Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 1-2 pm, via Zoom
Monday, January 23, 2023, 6-7 pm, via Zoom

Ask the Scholar Speaker Series
This series brings Bridgewater State University scholars to the Senior College community for important educational dialogues to explore, examine, and add context to both historic and timely issues. 

Dr. Lisa Krissoff Boehm, Dean, College of Graduate Studies, Bridgewater State University.
Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 1-2 pm

Dr. Krissoff Boehm is the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University. Formerly, she served as Founding Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (and Professor of History) at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She is the author of Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration (Mississippi, 2009), Popular Culture and the Enduring Myth of Chicago (Routledge, 2004), The American Urban Reader: History and Theory (with Steven Corey, Routledge,2010), and America's Urban History (with Steven Corey, Routledge, 2014).

Dr. Jenny Olin Shanahan, Associate Provost for High Impact Practices, Bridgewater State University
Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 10-11 am

Jenny Olin Shanahan is the Associate Provost for High Impact Practices at Bridgewater State University. She is committed to fostering excellence in higher education; ensuring equitable access to high-impact practices; supporting faculty with high-quality professional development; building interdisciplinary and interdivisional collaborations; and developing, implementing, and assessing innovative curricula and programs. Dr. Olin Shanahan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Saint Mary’s College of California, a Master of Arts in English from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in English from Marquette University. 

Dr. Rachel Navarre, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Bridgewater State University
Date TBA

Rachel Navarre received her PhD from the University at Texas in Austin in Government and specializes in the fields of comparative politics and public policy. After completing her degree she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her research focuses on comparative public policy, specifically issues of framing and issue definition; immigration policy and politics; regional governance; populism; and content analysis. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Politics and the Journal of Experimental Political Science. She recently co-authored Immigration in the 21st Century with Drs. Terri Givens and Pete Mohanty, and provided a chapter on US Immigration Policy in the edited volume, The Future of U.S. Empire in the Americas.

The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s offered in partnership with the Massachusetts New Hampshire Alzheimer's Association (link to
Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 10:30-11:30 am 

This education program will help you recognize common signs of the disease in yourself and others, and includes next steps to take, including how to talk to your doctor.

Register Here for Events

You can view recordings from all of our past public events on our YouTube channel. All of our upcoming events will be recorded and posted within a few days.


Senior College YouTube Channel