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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 Winter-Spring 2023 semester along with several in-person courses. Virtual courses are offered conveniently in the comfort and safety of your home via Zoom. Zoom is easy to use. Once you are 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 during the semester! If you have any questions please contact or call 508.531.1052.

Registration for Winter-Spring is now open! Enrollment remains open until May 11, 2023.

Winter-Spring 2023 courses run from January 23rd to June 15th. Each course will take place over the course of 4, 6, or 12 weeks starting in January, February, March, April, and May. In-person courses will take place at the Bridgewater Public Library, the Bridgewater Senior Center, Bridgewater State University, BSU Attleboro, the Center for Active Living in Plymouth, and at Frothingham Hall-Easton Council on Aging in Easton. 

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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.

Winter-Spring 2023 Quick Glance Schedule
Winter-Spring 2023 Course Catalog

Senior College Three Step Registration Process



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

Payment Portal

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. 

Complete the Continuing Studies Non-Credit Application [Click here] 
If you would like access to our in-person campus amenities such as the Maxwell Library and the Thornburg Fitness Center then please complete this application to get an official student identification. Please remember this is an optional part of our registration process. 

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


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, the Bridgewater Senior Center and the Easton Council on Aging.


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. Jenny Olin Shanahan, Associate Provost for High Impact Practices, Bridgewater State University
Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 10 - 11 am
Recovering from Racism: 12 Steps to a Complete Change of Heart?

“All lives matter.” “Why is everything about race?” “Isn’t that reverse racism?” “I don’t see color. I treat everyone the same.” “Why can’t we move on?” “I’m white but that doesn’t mean I’m privileged. I’ve worked hard for everything I’ve ever had.”

If you’ve been unsure what to say when you hear statements such as these, or you’ve said or thought similar ideas, this talk is for you! Well intentioned people, especially those of us who are white, are often perpetuating the “negative peace” that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw as even more frustrating, shallow, and bewildering as overt, racist rejection. To help advance "positive peace," which requires the presence of justice, each of us has a responsibility to learn and practice anti-racism. Anti-racism refers to active work against inequity, as opposed to passive or private disapproval of intolerant behavior. Practicing anti-racism is powerful, liberatory work that anyone can do. It takes a humble attitude, self-reflection, and willingness to learn and change. This talk is by a white woman who serves on BSU’s Racial Equity & Justice Council and is committed to continuous learning and collaborating across difference to build more equitable relationships, institutions, and communities. Please join us to learn and reflect together.

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.

The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s offered in partnership with the Massachusetts New Hampshire Alzheimer's Association
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