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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2011-2012 
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG] See drop-down menu above to access other catalogs.

Core Curriculum Requirements

Bridgewater State University’s core curriculum was developed to serve as the educational foundation that all Bridgewater State University students will build on to complete their program of study. The core curriculum features a skills-centered, outcomes-based distribution model of general education that allows students a wide choice of courses and the flexibility to integrate the requirements of their major with the broader, liberal education that is required of responsible citizens of the 21st century. Students who complete the BSU core curriculum will learn a significant body of factual knowledge as well as understand the intellectual foundations, conceptual frameworks, and methodologies of the major academic disciplines.

The BSU core curriculum is composed of four main areas:

Skill Requirements: All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the skill areas of writing, logical reasoning, mathematical reasoning, and spoken communication.

Core Distribution Requirements: All students will learn about the arts, humanities, the natural and social and behavioral sciences, global culture, multiculturalism, application of quantitative skills and the U.S. and Massachusetts Constitutions.

Seminars: The First and Second Year Seminars are key features of the BSU core curriculum. These topic courses will allow students to explore an area of interest in a small, discussion oriented course. The First Year Seminar is a writing intensive course designed to engage the student in university-level learning. The Second Year Seminar is either speaking or writing intensive and will engage students in the connections between classroom learning and the world.

Requirements in the major: To connect the core curriculum with each major, students will complete one writing intensive course in their major and will be able to demonstrate information literacy and technology proficiency in their major.

Foundations of Logical Reasoning (CLOR):*

Select one course:

Core Distribution Requirements***

These courses will not satisfy the Core Skills Requirements. A course may be applied to a Core Distribution Requirement and one or more of the Additional Distribution Requirements. All requirements must be met.

Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA):

Select two courses from below:

Humanities (CHUM):

Select three courses from below:

Natural Sciences (CNSL; CNSN):

Select two courses from below (one must be a laboratory science):

Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSOC):

Select two courses from below:

Additional Distribution Requirements

Core Skills courses may not satisfy these requirements, but courses listed in Core Distribution Requirement areas may also be listed here.

May be taken at anytime.

Writing Intensive (CWRT):

Select two courses from below:

Note: First Year and writing intensive Second Year Seminars may also be used.

Speaking Intensive (CSPI) or Additional Writing Intensive (CWRT):

 Select one Speaking Intensive course (CSPI):


First and second year seminars may be used.

Writing Intensive in the Major (CWRM):

Select one course for each major as described in the major(s) requirements listed in the appropriate academic department section of this catalog.

Global Culture (CGCL):

Select two courses from below:

Multiculturalism (CMCL):

Select one course from below.


Each seminar may also fulfill a Core Distribution Requirement and an Additional Distribution Requirement.

XXXX 199 First Year Seminar (CFYS)
XXXX 298 Second Year Seminar (Speaking Intensive) (CSYS)
Prerequisite: ENGL 101 and a speaking intensive skills requirement (CSPK)
XXXX 299 Second Year Seminar (Writing Intensive) (CSYS)
Prerequisite: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 and XXXX 199 First Year Seminar (CFYS)

Bridgewater State University considers any student with fewer than 24 credit hours to be a 1st year student and any student with 24-53 earned credit hours to be a 2nd year student.


  • Only certain BSU courses have been approved for use in the core curriculum. Please see for a complete list of approved courses and for the most up-to-date information regarding the core curriculum.
  • Students who entered BSU in the fall of 2006 or later as first time students to BSU MUST follow the new core curriculum.
  • Students who matriculated at BSU prior to fall 2006 may petition to follow an earlier catalog.
  • Students who transfer more than 23 credits to BSU will have the CFYS (First Year Seminar) waived. Students who transfer more than 53 credits will have the CSYS (Second Year Seminar) waived. However, transfer students will still need to fulfill the Writing Intensive and Speaking Intensive requirements.
  • Appeals will be heard by the associate dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Transfer students who believe that they have met the outcomes for a BSU Core Curriculum Requirement by taking a course at another college or university should submit a Core Curriculum Substitution form to the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • First Year Seminars may not count toward the major or minor.


* Must be taken in 1st year

** Must be taken in 2nd year

*** May be taken anytime