Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

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Minors

Leadership Minor

A Bridgewater education is marked not just by expertise in a particular subject area, but by the ability to engage multiple areas of interest, integrate new ideas into existing understandings, and draw connections between diverse fields of knowledge. Because they include courses from multiple departments, interdisciplinary programs provide curricular structures for exploring subjects that do not fit well within traditional academic boundaries, and allow students to practice managing complex perspectives, ideas, and theoretical frameworks. Independent studies courses provide opportunities for students to work with a faculty member to create flexible classes tailored to precise interests and talents.

Leadership Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

The Leadership minor is an interdisciplinary minor focusing on the nature, understanding, and application of leadership. It is aligned with the missions of its sponsoring organizations at Bridgewater College: the Showker Institute for Responsible Leadership and The Center for Engaged Learning. The minor is designed for Bridgewater students interested in pursuing a career involving the study and/or practice of leadership, who feel that an understanding of leadership would be helpful to them in their careers, or who simply have an interest in the subject.

The minor consists of three thematic aspects which follow a developmental process. First is the "Theory" theme – which is the overview class that serves as the introduction to the minor and which introduces leadership theory and vocabulary to the students. Second is the "Theory in Practice" theme – which includes the ethics and breadth requirements where students will learn about how leadership can/should/and has been done. Third is the "Practice of Leadership" theme – which is the capstone course in which students will need to complete and present a leadership project.

*Note:  Courses for the minor must be taken in at least three different departments. No more than one May Term course will count toward the minor.

The minor consists of 18 credits.

Overview of Leadership

IDS-201 Leadership Development Seminar

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Designed to help students become better leaders. Students come to understand, develop and apply the knowledge, skills, attitudes and vision associated with effective, socially responsible leadership.

Ethics and Leadership

Choose one FILA "E" designated course.

Breadth of Leadership

Choose 3 courses (9 credits) from the following list:

COMM-325 Communication in the Organization

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Study and application of communication theories and principles in an organizational context. An explanation of organizational communication theories and principles will allow students to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of how communication affects the dynamics of the work environment. Emphasis will be placed on applying communication concepts to students' personal experience or participating in the organizational environment. Offered alternate years

PSCI-260 Campaigns and Elections

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

This course is an in-depth seminar on campaigns and elections in the United States, especially how the president is elected. The course will help students better understand how the American people engage in elections, how our electoral system works, and how we evaluate leaders. In the beginning, we will discuss how elections and campaigns are run in the United States, how we predict which candidates will win elections, and, finally, citizen participation in the Presidential Election. Three themes running through the course are democracy, evaluation of candidates, and the American public.

PSCI-345 Political Psychology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

This course is an in-depth analysis to the topic of Political Psychology. The course will combine knowledge from Political Science and Psychology and help students to broaden their political and psychological knowledge. Topics will include the purpose of political psychology, individuals, identity, groups, nations, and the interactions between each of these. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, and ENG-110

PSCI-380 Public Administration

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of the most pressing domestic issues confronting American society in the 21st century and the institutions and legal regimes developed to administer public policy. Topics include health care, education, criminal justice, social welfare policies, immigration, environmental issues, organizational theory, bureaucratic management and budgeting. Emphasizes active learning with simulations, debates, and engagement with public policy and public administration professionals. Offered alternate years

PSCI-415 Policymaking, Interest Groups & Congress

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of how Congress, the Presidency, and interest groups work together to make federal public policy. Topics include the legislative process, interest group activities, and the role of the presidency in the development of the federal administrative state. Students research policy-making on a topic of their choosing. Offered alternate years

SOC-256 Group Process

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

The study of the behavior of individuals in small groups with a focus on the development of interpersonal communication skills. Topics include facilitation, leadership styles, decision making, problem solving, and mediation. Attention will be directed at how groups form and change over time; how conflict occurs and is managed; how roles and norms develop; and the nature of power, conformity and deviance in groups. The relevance of this work to applied settings will also be discussed. Prerequisite: SOC-101

SOC/PHIL-367 Conflict Transformation

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Broad introduction to the field, familiarizes students with conflict and practical approaches to its transformation. Personal communication and conflict styles, negotiation skills, interpersonal mediation, and facilitation of group decision-making and problem-solving strategies are examined. Participation in discussions, exercises, analyses, role-plays and simulations frame the course. In addition to the regularly scheduled meeting times, one Saturday session is included. Prerequisite: SOC-101

PSY-350 Social Psychology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Overview of the study of how people's behaviors, attitudes, and feelings are shaped by other people and the social environment. Topics include attraction, prejudice, deindividuation, persuasion, cognitive dissonance, social cognition, attribution theory and the social self. Emphasis on classic research and the latest studies in the field and their applicability to everyday experiences of the students. Prerequisite: PSY-101 or permission of the instructor

PSY-399 Psychology of Personality

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of the psycho-analytic, neo-analytic, trait, biological, and adjustment approaches to "normal" and abnormal personality. The contributions of major personality theorists (Freud, Adler, Erikson, etc.) are examined as well. Coursework emphasizes reflective essays and assessments to foster insight into the students' own personality. Prerequisites: PSY-101 and sophomore or higher standing, or permission of instructor

BUS-300 Principles of Organization Management

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

General overview of the principles of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling human and other resources for the achievement of an organization's goals. Examines the impact and role of communication, motivation, group dynamics, and organization culture, conflict and change as the context for current management practices. Uses written and oral reports to develop student writing and speaking skills. Prerequisites: BUS-120, ENG-110 or permission of the instructor

ES-428 Implementing Health Promotion Programs

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

A public health approach to addressing individual and community health problems. Students will implement health promotion programs in different settings with groups and individuals. Students will develop leadership skills around health promotion concepts. A variety of intervention strategies will be examined with a focus on achieving health behavior changes in at-risk populations. Prerequisite: ES-427

ES-456 Management Concepts in Health Care

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Concepts of administration such as devising policy and procedures, record-keeping, budgeting, facility design, risk management and productivity standards for healthcare professionals. (Cross-listed as at-456)

Capstone

IDS-471 Leadership Capstone Seminar

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Senior capstone experience for the Leadership Minor, and only open to students enrolled in the minor. Requires students to integrate knowledge on the nature of leadership with reflections on the development of their own leadership skills and style as developed through the courses for the minor. Students are assessed, trained and certified in leadership skills, and develop, complete and present to the seminar a significant leadership project. Prerequisites: Membership in the Leadership Minor; successful completion of IDS-201 and the rest of the Leadership Minor

Internships, Independent Studies/Research and Honors Projects

480 Internship

Provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the student’s concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship, signed by the student and the faculty sponsor, must be filed with the director of internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the director of in-ternships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship, a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for 3 credits per semester, and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of 9 credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.

490, 491 Independent Study/Research

Upon approval of the department and the division head, a student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 or better may engage in an independent study or research project. One desiring to pursue independent study or research must submit a written description of the proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the appropriate division head prior to the last day of the drop and add period for the semester in which the study is to be conducted. At the end of the semester, the supervising professor files with the registrar a grade for the student and a description of the work accomplished. Credit may be received for not more than three independent studies or research projects.

499 Honors Project

An honors project is one in which a student researches a subject, by examination of relevant literature or by experimentation or both; the student reports the results in an accurately documented and well-written paper or appropriate representation of the work. Whenever the study deals with the subject of an established course, the student is expected to go well beyond the usual work of the course in research and in assimilation of the results as revealed in the report. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or above may register for an honors project. One desiring to pursue an honors project must submit a written description of his or her proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the appropriate division head prior to the last day of the drop and add period for the semester in which the study is to be conducted. Upon the completion of the Honors Project, the student must present an oral defense of his or her project. The final grade must include a satisfactory performance on the oral defense, assessed by a three-faculty member team. The Project Advisor will authorize the make-up of the oral defense team and will assign the final grade on the project. The honors project title will be noted on the student’s transcript. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of the written paper or appropriate representation of the work to the library in compliance with specifications approved by the Council on Education. The library director arranges for binding and storage.

Flory Honors Program

The Flory Honors Program is for students who:

  • have outstanding academic records and find excitement and stimulation in the learning process
  • want to develop the skills for independent inquiry and research necessary for excelling in graduate and professional schools
  • crave the opportunity to be creative and to develop the capacity to meet new challenges
  • want to push the boundaries of knowledge and explore uncharted intellectual territory
  • want to be part of a social and academic community of motivated learners

The Flory Honors Program is an honors program consisting of stimulating and interesting opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. In the curricular element of the program, students who matriculate as first-year students take a minimum of five honors designated courses, plus an honors project and the capstone seminar (IDS-470H: Senior Capstone Seminar), for seven courses total. First year students begin the program with an honors section of FILA-150 (Critical Inquiry in the Liberal Arts), the College’s first-year seminar.

Students who matriculate as transfer students complete the following requirements based on the number of credits transferred.

  • Students who matriculate with at least 30 transfer credits must complete 6 honors designated 3 credit courses (including capstone and honors project) prior to graduation.
  • Students who matriculate with at least 60 transfer credits must complete 4 honors designated 3 credit courses (including capstone and honors project) prior to graduation.

A student may become a member of the Flory Fellows in the following ways:

  • Bridgewater applicants who have a minimum 3.8 high school grade point average (GPA) with strong SAT scores and transfer students with a high GPA in college courses receive an invitation from the provost and vice president for academic affairs.
  • Enrolled students in either the second semester of their first year or the first semester of their sophomore year with a Bridgewater College GPA of 3.5 or higher may be nominated by a faculty member.

Flory Honors Program Course Options

A variety of options are offered for completing the honors course requirements. The most common path is taking an honors section of an existing course offered for the general education, major or elective credit. Honors courses are different in that they provide greater opportunity for students to develop their capacities for creativity, independent learning and leadership.

In addition to honors designated courses, another possibility is completing an honors upgrade to a non-honors course. In an honors upgrade, students work closely with faculty to build an additional honors component to the course that expands upon the course material in creative and challenging ways.

Courses

FILA-150 FILA Seminar

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Taught in the style of a seminar; a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion, debate, peer review and brainstorming. Content varies from section to section. Incoming students select topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development: (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning, and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work, collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information, including an introduction to the portfolio program. FILA general education: master core skills

FILA-350 FILA Integration Seminar

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College, the liberal arts and the skills of critical thinking specifically designed for transfer students. Taught in the style of a seminar: a small group of students engage in discussion, debate, peer review and brainstorming. Content varies from section to section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development: (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning, and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work, collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information, including and introduction to the portfolio program. FILA general education: master core skills

FILA-450 Personal Development Portfolio

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Students create a senior e-portfolio, which demonstrates and documents their experiences and growth over the four years, integrating both curricular and co-curricular experiences, as well as experiential learning experiences, and discussing short- and long-term goals and aspirations for the future. A passing grade, as determined by faculty evaluators from a variety of disciplines, is a requirement for graduation. FILA general education: integration of skills and ideas

IDS-100H Course Linkage

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

An examination of the relationships and connections between two courses in different disciplines. Students complete a major paper or project that integrates concepts and themes of the two courses. One desiring to pursue a course linkage must submit a completed application at the time of registration. Prerequisites: Membership in Flory Fellowship of Scholars and approval of instructors of both courses

IDS-200H Course Linkage

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

An examination of the relationships and connections between two courses in different disciplines. Students complete a major paper or project that integrates concepts and themes of the two courses. One desiring to pursue a course linkage must submit a completed application at the time of registration. Prerequisites: Membership in Flory Fellowship of Scholars and approval of instructors of both courses

IDS-201 Leadership Development Seminar

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Designed to help students become better leaders. Students come to understand, develop and apply the knowledge, skills, attitudes and vision associated with effective, socially responsible leadership.

IDS-300H Course Linkage

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

An examination of the relationships and connections between two courses in different disciplines. Students complete a major paper or project that integrates concepts and themes of the two courses. One desiring to pursue a course linkage must submit a completed application at the time of registration. Prerequisites: Membership in Flory Fellowship of Scholars and approval of instructors of both courses

IDS-311 Leadership Skills I

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Provides the student with background information and practice opportunities for skills of leadership such as team building, goal setting, interpersonal communication, decision making and conflict resolution. Different sets of skills are developed in Leadership Skills I and Leadership Skills II. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

IDS-312 Leadership Skills II

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Provides the student with background information and practice opportunities for skills of leadership such as team building, goal setting, interpersonal communication, decision making and conflict resolution. Different sets of skills are developed in Leadership Skills I and Leadership Skills II. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

IDS-400H Course Linkage

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

An examination of the relationships and connections between two courses in different disciplines. Students complete a major paper or project that integrates concepts and themes of the two courses. One desiring to pursue a course linkage must submit a completed application at the time of registration. Prerequisites: Membership in Flory Fellowship of Scholars and approval of instructors of both courses

IDS-470H Honors Capstone Seminar

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

The senior capstone experience for students in the Flory Fellowship Scholars, emphasizing the nature of scholarly inquiry and the interdisciplinary, liberal arts experience. Prerequisite: Membership in Flory Fellowship of Scholars Honors Course

IDS-471 Leadership Capstone Seminar

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Senior capstone experience for the Leadership Minor, and only open to students enrolled in the minor. Requires students to integrate knowledge on the nature of leadership with reflections on the development of their own leadership skills and style as developed through the courses for the minor. Students are assessed, trained and certified in leadership skills, and develop, complete and present to the seminar a significant leadership project. Prerequisites: Membership in the Leadership Minor; successful completion of IDS-201 and the rest of the Leadership Minor