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Key Program Benefits

  • Position yourself for a career in the expanding digital communications field, with emerging job titles such as Digital Media Specialist, Social Media Strategist or Digital Media Coordinator.
  • Study the key characteristics of interactive digital media as they fit into larger social, economic and political structures.
  • Learn to design messages based on best-practices and data analysis, allowing you to target specific audiences with multimedia materials.
  • Develop audio/visual production and projects management skills.
  • Benefit from the BC liberal arts tradition, with skills in positive discourse, civic responsibility, and ethical communication.

The Master of Arts in Digital Media Strategy is an interdisciplinary program for students interested in designing, managing and measuring the effects of multimodal messages in a web environment. Your education will include both applied skills (such as writing, visual design, sound editing, videography and web programming) and theoretical knowledge that will help you design effective communication campaigns.

You will have plenty of opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in service-learning assignments and a master’s project for a local organization. Bridgewater College’s emphasis on close faculty-student relationships and experiential learning carry over into our approach to graduate education!

The program offers flexibility in course scheduling. If you are a current Bridgewater student, you can complete your B.S./B.A. + M.A. in only five years. Students who already have an undergraduate degree can complete the coursework at their own pace, with evening courses that allow all students to be employed while taking classes.
While the Master of Arts in Digital Media Strategy has been approved by the BC Board of Trustees, the program is currently pending approval by our accrediting agency SACSCOC with projected start date of January 2019.

To learn more about the program, please check out the links below. For complete information about the Master of Arts in Digital Media Strategy (MDMS) please see our Graduate Student Catalog.

Take it to the next level with Bridgewater College. Apply today by filling out our online application.

MDMS Specific Admission Requirements

  • A complete online graduate application.
  • Application Fee of $50.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of official sealed transcript of all undergraduate and graduate course work completed.
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of C or better:
    • An undergraduate course in media writing (BC’s COMM 255W fulfills this requirement.)
    • An undergraduate course in visual design (BC’s ART 120 fulfills this requirement.)
  • PERSONAL ESSAY:
    • Option 1: Write an essay no longer than 700 words in which you:
      • Demonstrate you have the ability to be successful in this program
      • Demonstrate how this program will help you achieve your career goals
      • Relate specific past experiences with digital media in terms of producing multimodal messages and/or learning theories about digital technology.
      • Please cite academic, news and/or web articles in your discussion as appropriate
    • Option 2: You may submit a multimodal composition instead of a written essay that satisfies the same objectives listed above.
      • Please keep in mind the piece you submit should demonstrate the same level of structured argument and specificity that a written essay would display. (including appropriate oral or written citation of sources)
  • OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL: You may submit a sample of a multimodal composition to demonstrate your production skills or an undergraduate writing sample to demonstrate your academic writing skills in addition to your personal essay.
  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Three letters of recommendation should be submitted with your application. At least one letter should be from an internship supervisor, field experience supervisor or employer. At least one letter should be from an undergraduate professor. Letters may not be written by faculty serving on the Admissions Committee during the application cycle when a student applies. Please view your application as a persuasive argument about why you will succeed in the program. Choose letter writers who can speak specifically to skills and knowledge you have that fit our program objectives. Each letter writer should fill out a Recommendation Form and submit it with their letter.
  • Current Bridgewater undergraduate students may apply for the MDMS program once they have completed 75 credits and all prerequisites with a grade of C or better. Admitted Bridgewater undergraduates may begin taking cross-listed undergraduate/graduate electives once they are officially admitted to the program.
  • Admitted applicants who are not current Bridgewater undergraduates must have completed an undergraduate degree before taking MDMS electives.
  • All admitted applicants must complete an undergraduate degree before enrolling in core MDMS courses.

For more information about Bridgewater College’s graduate admission requirements, visit the Graduate Student Admission page.

MDMS Application Deadlines

September 1, 2018: Application review will begin and accepted applicants will be notified on a rolling basis.

October 1, 2018: Application deadline for January 2019 program start.

  • Only elective courses will be offered in Spring 2019.

January 15, 2019: Application deadline for June 2019 and September 2019 program start.

  • Core courses will be offered Summer 2019 for applicants who will have completed an undergraduate degree.
  • Electives offered Fall 2019 for Bridgewater College undergraduates who wish to complete the program in 5 years.
  • Electives offered in Fall 2019 for applicants who already have an undergraduate degree and wish to take elective courses before starting core courses in Summer 2020.

March 1, 2018: Accepted applicants for June 2019 and September 2019 start dates will be notified.

MDMS Curriculum

The MDMS degree requires completion of 39 credit hours:

DMS 500 Studies in Digital Media (3 Credits)
DMS 505 Digital Writing Genres & Process (3 Credits)
DMS 515 Digital Media Production Strategies (3 Credits)
DMS 520 Multimedia Storytelling (3 Credits)
DMS 528 Interactive Web Development (3 Credits)
DMS 541 Consulting Strategies (3 Credits)
DMS 546 Digital Media Campaign Targeting and Analytics (3 Credits)
DMS 551 Digital Persuasion (3 Credits)
DMS 591 Master’s Project Proposal (1 credit)
DMS 592 Master’s Project Implementation (3 Credits)
DMS 593 Master’s Project evaluation (2 Credits)
DMS 500+ Graduate Elective Courses (9 credits)

Elective Courses Students take three elective courses once they have been admitted to the program, either before, after or during the core curriculum.

Students choose three of the following (9 credits):
DMS 509 Audio Editing (3 Credits)
DMS 510 Communication Law and Ethics in the Digital Age (3 Credits)
DMS 514 Writing for the Sciences (3 Credits)
DMS 518 Writing for Visual Media (3 Credits)
DMS 524 Special Topics in Writing (Augmented Reality Writing) (3 Credits)
DMS 530 Special Topics in Digital Media (3 Credits)
DMS 534 Intercultural Communication (3 Credits)
DMS 548 Videography II (3 Credits)
DMS 550 Mobile Application Development (3 Credits)
DMS 555 Long-Form Multimedia Journalism (3 Credits)
DMS 571 Music in Film (3 Credits)
DMS 590 Independent Study (3 Credits)

Cross-listed elective courses may also count towards an undergraduate degree from Bridgewater College, provided that the total credits earned for the undergraduate degree is at least 120 credits and the combined total credits for the undergraduate degree and master’s degree is at least 150 credits. Cross-listed courses taken at the undergraduate level may not be applied to the master’s program. Once the undergraduate level of the cross-listed course has been successfully completed, the student may not enroll in the graduate level of the course.

Admitted applicants who are not current Bridgewater undergraduates must have completed an undergraduate degree before taking MDMS electives.

All admitted applicants must complete an undergraduate degree before enrolling in core MDMS courses.

For detailed information about all courses (including prerequisites), please see the Graduate Student Catalog.

Additionally, institutional requirements for degree completion must be completed as follows. (Please see Graduate Student Catalog for more details.)

  • Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in courses required for the graduate program.
  • Complete a minimum of 90% of all credit hours from graduate courses in residence at Bridgewater College. Students may not transfer credits into the program in the final semester or term of the program.
  • Filing of an application for graduation and the final plan of study with registrars’ office by the end of the first week of classes in the term/semester prior to which the degree will be granted.
  • Payment of all accounts owed the College. Transcripts of students owing money to the College will be held until the account is cleared.
  • All the above requirements must be met by the deadlines stated in the academic calendar. Some graduate programs may have additional requirements not listed above but explained in materials supplied by the program.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to enroll in the appropriate courses to meet the degree requirements.

MDMS Flexible Course Scheduling

The MDMS program can be completed full-time, part-time or as a 4:1 B.A./B.S. + M.A. in five years. The program offers flexible entry points that begin in summer, fall and spring. The only restrictions are that (1) DMS 500, 505 and 515 must be taken before all other core courses and (2) DMS 592 may not be taken until DMS 541 and a total of 18 master’s credits are completed.

A few common degree completion paths are outlined in the chart below. However, interested students should contact the program director, Dr. Michele Strano (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), to discuss an individualized degree completion plan.

Semester

Full-time student with completed B.A./B.S.

5-year student
(starts senior year undergrad)

Part-time student with completed B.A./B.S.

Spring 1

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3 Electives

1 Elective

Summer 1

DMS 500
DMS 505
DMS 515

DMS 500
DMS 505
DMS 515

DMS 500
DMS 505
DMS 515

Fall 1

DMS 520
DMS 528
DMS 541

DMS 520
DMS 528
DMS 541
DMS 591

DMS 520
DMS 541

Spring 2

DMS 546
DMS 551
1 Elective

DMS 546
DMS 551
DMS 592

DMS 546
DMS 551

May 2

DMS 591
1 Elective

DMS 593

1 Elective

Summer 2

DMS 592

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Fall 2

DMS 593
1 Elective

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DMS 528
DMS 591

Spring 2

--- ---

DMS 592
1 Elective

May 3

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DMS 593

DMS 500 Studies in Digital Media (3 Credits)
DMS 505 Digital Writing Genres & Process (3 Credits)
DMS 515 Digital Media Production Strategies (3 Credits)
DMS 520 Multimedia Storytelling (3 Credits)
DMS 528 Interactive Web Development (3 Credits)
DMS 541 Consulting Strategies (3 Credits)
DMS 546 Digital Media Campaign Targeting and Analytics (3 Credits)
DMS 551 Digital Persuasion (3 Credits)
DMS 591 Master’s Project Proposal (1 credit)
DMS 592 Master’s Project Implementation (3 Credits)
DMS 593 Master’s Project evaluation (2 Credits)
DMS 500+ Graduate Elective Courses (9 credits)

MDMS Graduate Expenses

For a list of tuition, fees and indirect costs please click on the button below.

Graduate Expenses and Fees

The indirect cost calculation on the graduate fees page includes the following equipment that students should bring with them to the program:

Laptop and Software

Suggested minimum system requirements:

  • Windows:
    • Intel i5 or i7 processor 6th generation or newer.  Model number i5-6XXX or i7-6XXX or higher.
    • Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 (64bit)
    • 8GB Ram (16GB recommended)
    • 512GB internal hard drive
    • 1TB USB 3.0 external hard drive for backup of digital media
    • Display capable of displaying a minimum resolution of 1280x800 (1920x1080 or larger recommended)
  • Mac:
    • Intel i5 or i7 processor 6th generation or newer.  Model number i5-6XXX or i7-6XXX or higher.
    • macOS X  v10.11, v10.12 or v10.13
    • 8GB Ram (16GB recommended)
    • 512GB internal hard drive
    • 1TB USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt external hard drive for backup of digital media
    • Display capable of displaying a minimum resolution of 1280x800 (1920x1080 or larger recommended)
  • Software requirements: Will be communicated to students in early core courses.

Headphones 

  • 1 pair of professional studio headphones, model AKG K240 or comparable. (Headphones must have 1/8” plug with a 1/4” adapter to use with both professional and consumer audio equipment. Earbuds or bluetooth consumer headphones are not permissible.)

Camera 

  • 1080p HD video recording. 4K video is okay but not required
  • Raw image capture (still images)
  • Manual focus
  • Manual exposure controls
  • Microphone port 
  • Headphone port
  • 3 batteries 
  • At least 2 32gb or 64gb memory cards.

A few DSLR camera options (students only need one DSLR or mirrorless camera):

  • Canon EOS Rebel T7 (w/ 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II lens) or T7i (w/18-55 F4-5.6 IS STM lens)
  • Entry-level Nikon DSLRs equivalent to the Canon T series
  • Older Canon T-series and entry-level Nikon DSLRs are fine, too

A few mirrorless camera options:

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85
  • Fujifilm X-T20 (The predecessor X-T10 is not recommended for video)
  • Sony a6300 (The older a6000 is okay too.)

Best resource for researching cameras: https://www.dpreview.com/. Look especially for cameras under the “Camera Hub” link. They also have some “Buying Guides” which are helpful but not comprehensive.

Questions? Contact Us!

Dr. Michele Strano
Associate Professor, Communication Studies; Director, Digital Media Strategy Program
540-828-5739
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June 24-July 1, 2019

Join President and Mrs. Bushman and BC Alumni & Friends for an eight-day journey exploring three of our most beautiful National Parks.  This edition of Bridgewater Explores is a Canyonland Tour of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks—each extraordinary and unique.

The Grand Canyon simply dazzles with its painted deserts, sandstone canyons and the majestic Colorado River. Bryce Canyon’s forest of stone, comprised of hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion) is the largest on Earth. Zion National Park’s narrow slot canyon with its massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red is miraculous. As John Wesley Powell wrote, these national landmarks must be experienced in person to truly comprehend their magnificence.

The journey includes:

  • Hearing insider stories about the parks during filmed narratives by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
  • Floating on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon while we hear about the area’s wildlife, geology and plants
  • Cruising and dining on stunning Lake Powell aboard the double-decked yacht Canyon Princess
  • Learning about the geology of the Grand Canyon as we take in its grandeur from its rim
  • Flightseeing over sculpted landscapes to experience Rainbow Bridge
  • Lodging at sought-after lodges in the heart of the parks
  • Dining together for 17 meals

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Itinerary

Relax in Phoenix

Your Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon tour begins at 5:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. A transfer is included from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Meet your travel companions at the welcome reception and dinner tonight at your luxury desert resort.

Lodging: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Sedona's Red Rocks to the Grand Canyon

On this first full day of your Southwest and Grand Canyon tour, stop in Sedona – home to famous red-rock formations with whimsical names like the Mittens and the Rabbit Ears, and the backdrop for many western movies and TV shows – and check out this intriguing town shaped by early settlers, cowboys, artists and Hollywood celebrities. Later, wind through Oak Creek Canyon en route to Grand Canyon National Park. Arrive at your inside-the-park lodge on the South Rim of the amazing Grand Canyon, carved over millions of years by the Colorado River, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your choice of restaurants on the canyon's rim at El Tovar, the Arizona Room or Bright Angel Café.

Lodging: Kachina Lodge

The Grand Canyon and a Lake Powell Cruise

You just might want to take advantage of your lodge's ideal location on the South Rim by waking early enough to catch one of nature's grandest shows – a Grand Canyon sunrise! Learn about the geology and wildlife of the region from a local geology expert in a perfect location, right on the rim. And no Grand Canyon tour would be complete without exploring the canyon rim and Canyon Village as you please, witnessing the rugged landscape's vast grandeur and changing colors as the sun climbs in the sky. Travel through the Navajo Reservation en route to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, for a two-night stay. Tonight, a true highlight – a private Lake Powell dinner cruise aboard the sleek double-decked yacht Canyon Princess.

Lodging: Lake Powell Resort

Flightseeing & Canyon Views at Lake Powell

See remote corners of 186-mile-long Lake Powell – created from the Colorado River by the Glen Canyon Dam in the 1960s – from a variety of perspectives. First take an included early morning, 45-minute flight* to see the unusual red-rock formations reflecting in the lake; see Rainbow Bridge, the world's largest natural arch. Then take a private boat cruise and guided tour past some of the incredible sandstone slot canyons in the Navajo Nation, among the most beautiful in the Southwest. You also have the possibility today to take an optional four-hour excursion to Monument Valley* in the Navajo Nation (at an additional cost – see Pricing & Availability), made famous as a setting of many westerns by director John Ford; combine aerial sightseeing with a land tour by a Navajo guide through rock buttes and spires – ask at time of booking.

Lodging: Lake Powell Resort

Colorado River Rafting & on to Bryce Canyon

This morning’s float trip on the Colorado River takes you through Glen Canyon; your experienced river adventure guide imparts a wealth of knowledge about the canyon as you glide past colorful walls of Navajo sandstone. Utah’s iconic landscapes have served as ideal locations for movie and TV westerns over the years; view them on an afternoon drive to Bryce Canyon National Park – a wondrous land of pines, pinnacles and oddly sculpted formations known as hoodoos, resembling the towers of fairy-tale castles. Magnificent spires, tinted with shades of pink, orange and red, put on a captivating show as the light changes throughout the day. Keep an eye open for the park’s abundant wildlife, including elk, coyotes, marmots, and prairie dogs, as you explore the park from your sought-after accommodations at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon. Listed on the National Historic Register, The Lodge is nestled in a forest of towering ponderosa pines in the heart of the park.

Lodging: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Explore Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks

If you rise early this morning, you’ll be rewarded with an awe-inspiring Bryce Canyon sunrise, as the light of dawn slowly spreads across the hoodoos and other unique geological features steps from your room at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon! Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps venturing out on one of the park’s renowned hiking trails to observe a great variety of bird species, beautiful wildflowers and diverse wildlife. After lunch, travel across southwestern Utah to Zion National Park, where colorful sandstone canyons and 3,000-foot-high palisades tower above the lush greenery of the canyon floor. The park’s shuttle system and network of hiking trails afford access to its key geologic features – thriving vegetation includes cottonwood trees and dry desert plants; wildlife ranges from mule deer to hundreds of bird species. Spend the night at the restored Zion Lodge, the only hotel accommodation inside the park.

Lodging: Zion Lodge

From Zion to a Finale in Las Vegas

The morning is yours to explore Zion National Park’s diverse geological features at leisure; its dramatic peaks and cliffs, odd geologic formations, desert oases featuring abundant pools and waterfalls, and mighty canyons splashed with vivid colors are all equally compelling. The Paiutes believed this place to be the home of their coyote spirit, Sinawava, while early Mormon visitors referred to it as “the natural temples of God.” Highlights include a trio of peaks known as the Three Patriarchs; the Emerald Pools, fed by waterfalls cascading over the canyon walls; and the veil of spring water trickling over Weeping Rock. Depart Zion for a memorable journey across the vast, colorful vistas of the northeastern Mojave Desert. Then get ready for a bit of culture shock as you arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada – a city that truly never sleeps, offering non-stop entertainment and fancifully themed casinos. Accommodations tonight are at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, providing easy access to the famed Strip – and yet the hotel is a welcoming oasis unto itself. Wrap up your Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon tour with a farewell reception and dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, one last chance to share travel memories with new friends.

Lodging: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

Journey Home

Tauck's comprehensive Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon tour ends in Las Vegas. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Checkout time at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is 12:00 p.m.; allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in at the airport.

Cost and Reservation Details

The total cost (excluding airfare) is $3,890 per person for double occupancy or $4,798 per person for single occupancy, which includes luxury resort accommodations, transportation during the trip, sightseeing tours and 17 meals. This trip has been organized for us by Tauck Travel, the recognized leader in National Park journeys. To reserve your place or for additional trip details please contact Lincoln Travel, our local travel partner, at 540-828-4204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Limited spaces are available—simply make a $500 deposit to Lincoln Travel.

All payments are payable to:

Lincoln Travel
102-C South Main St.
Bridgewater, VA 22812
540-828-4204
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Accomodations

Night 1

Photo of Hotel Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Scottsdale, Arizona

In the foothills of Pinnacle Peak high in the Sonora Desert, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is surrounded by spectacular scenery. Guest rooms, located in Southwestern-style casitas, have a private patio or terrace, custom furnishings and handmade Huichol Indian yarn art. A 42-inch LCD TV with a DVD player, an MP3 docking station, a deep soaking tub and separate shower, coffee/tea-making facilities and a gas fireplace are just some of the amenities provided to make guests feel at home. The free-form, bi-level outdoor swimming pool adjusts its water temperature, depending upon the air temperature at any given time. Tennis players will find two courts and golfers enjoy special privileges at both The Pinnacle and the Monument championship courses at Troon North Golf Club. Or, take advantage of the full range of weight-training and cardiovascular equipment in the Fitness Center. Crescent Moon specializes in regional cuisine influenced by the flavors of the Sonora Desert and Mexico while Talavera puts a new spin on the traditional steakhouse with intriguing steak and seafood pairings. The readers of Travel + Leisure have included the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North on their list of America’s best hotels.

Night 2

Photo of Hotel Kachina Lodge
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Situated within Grand Canyon National Park, close to the rim of the Grand Canyon, the modern Kachina Lodge is an excellent staging point for exploration. Comfortable guest rooms have a full bath, a safe, a refrigerator, television, telephone and in-room coffee-making facilities. Its ideal in-the-park location, surrounded by nature’s spectacular masterpiece, makes a stay here memorable.

Nights 3-4

Photo of Hotel Lake Powell Resort
Page, Arizona

Located right on the shores of Lake Powell, Lake Powell Resort puts guests in the midst of all the wonders of this incredible spot. Guest rooms feature TV, coffee maker, refrigerator and a hair dryer. Enjoy the two swimming pools and other resort facilities in between your Lake Powell explorations and adventures.

Night 5

Photo of Hotel The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

The only “in-park” lodging at Bryce Canyon National Park, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon offers a rustic 1920s elegance – down to replicas of the lodge's original hickory furniture – this beautiful "in-the-park" lodge is on the National Historic Register. Cozy, rustic guest cabins feature a gas log fireplace and a private porch. This quiet and relaxed atmosphere, without televisions, allows the guest to get reacquainted with nature. Dine in the Bryce Canyon Dining Room, surrounded by the majestic Ponderosa Pine forest and the inspiring beauty of the park.

Night 6

Photo of Hotel Zion Lodge
Zion National Park, Utah

Zion Lodge is the only hotel in Zion National Park. Designed in the classic national park lodge style by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood in the 1920s, rebuilt after a fire in the 1960s and beautifully restored to its original rustic glory in the 1990s, Zion Lodge features hotel-style accommodations as well as historic cabins with two double beds, full bath, gas log fireplace and private porch. While there may be no TV to distract one from nature’s beauty, all guest rooms feature air conditioning, phones, radio alarm clocks and hairdryers, as well as a private balcony or porch. Red Rock Grill, Zion Lodge's restored dining room, boasts spectacular views of the park's magnificent surroundings.

Night 7

Photo of Hotel Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada

Located at the south end of the Strip steps from Las Vegas’ famous nightlife, entertainment to world-class gaming, the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is a non-gaming oasis of tranquility in the midst of the city’s “glitz, gambling and glamour.” Generously proportioned guest rooms abound with thoughtful Four Seasons touches, such as the signature marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub, separate shower and thick terry bathrobes, and amenities including a 42-inch plasma screen TV, in-room coffee and tea maker, CD player, down duvets and pillows (hypo-allergic pillows are available on request), hair dryer, refrigerated private bar, in-room safe, iron and ironing board. The outdoor pool, with arbors for shade, is inviting after a long day, as is the Health Club with its Workout Room overlooking the pool. Four Seasons guests also have access to the adjacent Mandalay Bay Beach offering a wave pool, a lazy river, three pools and 2,700 tons of real sand. Or perhaps you’ll seek relaxation and rejuvenation at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. The elegant and cozy Verandah Bar and Lounge is the perfect place to end the day with a nightcap.

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Questions? Contact Us!

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At BC, the focus isn’t just on selecting a major. Our general education curriculum focuses on tangible skills that will prepare you for your future. We call our general education program “Foundations in Liberal Arts” or FILA. The Latin word fila means threads (or filaments), and it is with these foundational liberal arts courses that you will weave the fabric of your education.

Your initial courses address the fundamental skills of critical inquiry, effective writing, oral communication and quantitative literacy (i.e. the first-year FILA seminar, English, communication and math).

You’ll also develop the ability to engage in a global society through meeting a modern language requirement, taking a class focused on learning deeply about another culture, and taking a class examining issues related to globalization.

You’ll engage ideas across the liberal arts areas of study by taking:

  • one course in the social sciences (such as economics, political science, psychology and sociology)
  • four courses in the humanities (one in fine arts, one in literature, one in history and one in philosophy or religion)
  • one natural or physical science with a lab (biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology or physics)

The experience culminates in the integration of community engagement. You’ll take at least one course designated as experiential, which could be a May Term travel course, a practicum, experiential service-learning or other courses that have you interact with the community outside the classroom.

FILA is flexible, giving you a variety of choices to fulfill the requirements. This leaves room for adding an additional major, adding a minor or a concentration, studying abroad or completing an internship. Choosing the elements of your liberal arts education is a creative process, and with the courses (or threads) of FILA you will weave the fabric of your own personalized education.

FILA: Foundations in Liberal Arts (Introduction and Capstone Courses)

View the FILA Requirements

Reflect on what you’ve learned. Become who you want to be.

Bridgewater’s  Foundations in  Liberal Arts program is a way to bring together everything you do in college – your courses, experiential learning and activities outside the classroom. As you explore, you discover who you are. You develop your own view of the world. And, most importantly, you grow into the person you want to be.

As a first year student, you’ll learn how to critically reflect on your development as a whole person – intellectual, emotional, physical, ethical and spiritual – and as a citizen and responsible member of a community.

The program culminates in a senior e-portfolio in which you’ll look back on the personal growth you achieved as a result of your college experience.

FILA-150 or FILA-350: CRITICAL INQUIRY AND THE LIBERAL ARTS

FILA-150 or FILA-350: Critical Inquiry in the Liberal Arts is BC’s first-year/trasnfer student seminar. You’ll take this class at the very beginning of your time at BC—the fall semester of your first year.

Course topics for FILA-150 are extremely varied and diverse. From sustainability to music. From American gangsters to pet ownership. Dr. Jamie Frueh covers “Leadership and the Art of Decision,” while Dr. Karie Barbour takes you through “Brawlers in the Holler: The Coal Wars of Appalachia.” Transfer students have a unique course topic as well, while Flory Fellows can choose from two honors sections.

Note: Transfer students sign up for FILA-350, and honors students in the Flory Fellows program have separate sections of FILA-150.

FILA-450: THE Foundation in Liberal Art SENIOR E-PORTFOLIO

Beyond your first semester, you’ll keep a record of your academic life, your involvement in campus activities and your engagement in the community.

Finally, during your senior year, you’ll complete the senior e-portfolio. The final senior e-portfolio includes:

  • A record of your academic achievements and community engagement experiences
  • Your current resume and cover letter
  • Your senior reflective essay, which shows your growth and development throughout your college experience

Completing FILA-450 is not only a graduation requirement, but also a capstone for your entire four-year experience at BC.