Sometimes learning is about more than textbooks, homework and final grades. It’s about becoming engaged in every facet of your life—in the classroom, through a research project, on your sports team or student club, in your community and in the world. We learn best by doing and engaging, and the Bridgewater Experience centers on investing yourself in becoming a well-rounded, enthusiastic, contributing member of society. Whether it’s teaching Spanish to elementary school students, assisting the College with its composting program, travelling to Botswana or even playing Madden ‘15 with your roommate, you engage in and learn from all of it. You take what you learn in class and apply it to life outside of class, and vice versa. You discover your passions.
That’s where the Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) can help. The CEL combines academics with extracurricular programming to enhance your college experience and help you become responsible to and active in communities ranging from the local to the global. It’s the center of gravity that holds together everything you’ll do at BC—in the classroom and beyond. Through the CEL, you’ll devote time and energy in the project of becoming your true self.
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Featuring the Showker Prize and the Showker Award for Internship Excellence, as well as a minor in leadership.
Promoting peacebuilding and conflict transformation in the local community and the world.
Supporting creative teaching and experiential learning.
Promoting student and faculty research in Shenandoah Valley culture.
Preparing students for successful entry into meaningful employment or continuing education.
Providing volunteer opportunities in the local community and supporting sustainable practices and programs across campus.
Providing opportunities to study in another country for a semester or during May Term.
Supporting an elite group of scholars who delve even deeper into their studies.
Bringing nationally and internationally renowned speakers to Bridgewater.