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Reflect on Your Development as a Whole Person

Personal Development Portfolio

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

Bridgewater’s Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) 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.

PDP-150: Critical Inquiry and the Liberal Arts

PDP-150: Critical Inquiry in the Liberal Arts is BC’s first-year 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 PDP-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 PDP-350, and honors students in the Flory Fellows program have separate sections of PDP-150.

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