Bridgewater State University
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Bridgewater State University is a public liberal-arts college in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in the United States. It is the largest college in the Massachusetts state university system outside of the University of Massachusetts system. The school's mascot is the bear.
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 at Bridgewater State University is 22 to 1, and about 39 percent of its classes have with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bridgewater 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 at Bridgewater 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.
Yahoo Internet Life has ranked Bridgewater as one of America’s Top 50 Most-Wired Colleges and Universities, due in large part to the extensive wireless network that exists throughout the campus. The university also offers a continuing and distance education program, internships, research programs, honors programs and study abroad programs.
Bridgewater’s 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 theyl take Mandarin classes at the International College of Chinese Studies and courses about Chinese culture with other international students.