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Welcome to the Web page of the College of Arts & Sciences. We've designed this site as a way to introduce you to the College Office staff, as well as the wealth of services they provide to students, including academic advising.

Although we're BGSU's largest college, we pride ourselves on the personal attention we afford students. The College advising staff is available to help undecided students determine the major that's right for them, explore career options, schedule classes, and plan ahead so they can graduate on time. Faculty advisors in each of our departments are also available to advise their majors about internships, co-ops, courses, graduate school, and careers as well as talk to them about their long-range aspirations and immediate concerns.

Our Web page is also a gateway to the many academic programs the College offers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, ranging from digital arts and neuroscience to telecommunications and popular culture, from biology and Japanese to computer science and women's studies - and beyond. In fact, the College offers almost 100 majors, over 100 minors, 22 masters programs, and 11 doctoral programs designed to introduce you to a fascinating world of ideas. The College also recently established the new School of Earth, Environment, and Society (SEES), bringing together the disciplines of Environmental Policy and Analysis, Environmental Science, Geography, and Geology. These programs will spark your imagination and expand your horizons, while at the same time helping you prepare for graduate study and acquire the skills necessary for success in hundreds of satisfying careers.

As a College of Arts & Sciences student, you'll have the opportunity to take classes from over 500 faculty members, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields. Indeed, 16 of BGSU's 26 Master Teachers reside in the College. Arts & Sciences faculty bring the latest knowledge into their classes, ensuring students receive the benefit of today's research discoveries.

Arts & Sciences faculty take a special interest in helping students achieve at the highest levels. Each year, hundreds of Arts & Sciences students work individually with faculty members on independent study and research projects. These experiences enable students to develop a deep understanding of a discipline, acquire problem-solving skills, and prepare for graduate and professional school.

The College is additionally proud to be the home of the Xi of Ohio chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, thereby offering outstanding juniors and seniors membership in the nation's oldest and most selective honorary society - a distinction highly regarded in professional and academic worlds. Arts & Sciences students also have opportunities for membership in a wide variety of honorary societies and clubs sponsored by the College's many departments and programs. Among these are the Mock Trial Team, which had two teams qualify for the 2008 National Championship Tournament, and the Forensics, Speech and Debate Team, which won the National Comprehensive Tournament in spring 2007.

Outstanding programs in the natural sciences, mathematics, statistics, and computer science prepare students for life and careers in today's high-tech world, while innovative majors and minors in the social sciences and humanities provide a firm foundation for understanding human behavior, social and political institutions, and our own and other cultures. Indeed, our strong international studies and language programs - including Academic Year Abroad and exchange programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America - open the world to you. Moreover, our interdisciplinary programs offer students rich opportunities to examine science, society, and culture from a variety of perspectives.

The College also contributes to BGSU's dynamic arts scene. A nationally recognized School of Art, an outstanding Theater and Film Department, a growing Film Studies program, and highly regarded Creative Writing program offer students rich opportunities to develop their creative abilities and sponsor a wealth of plays, readings, shows, screenings, and lectures that enrich the entire campus community.

These vibrant programs contribute powerfully to student success. In recent years Arts & Sciences students have received a number of accolades and honors, including taking first place at the prominent FJORG! 'Viking Animator' competition, receiving Fulbright and Goldwater awards, and contributing to the betterment of society through research and service work.

Arts & Sciences is especially proud of and grateful to our dedicated alumni and friends, who serve in a variety of capacities to advance the College and our students. Whether serving on our Arts & Sciences Advocates Board, contributing to a student scholarship or program, or volunteering for events and programs designed to assist students, such as the Career Extravaganza, the College is able to achieve more for our students with the help of our loyal alumni and friends.

Please use this site to explore the wide variety of programs we offer. If you have further questions, I invite you to direct them to a department or to us in the College of Arts & Sciences. Feel free to email us at contactcas@bgnet.bgsu.edu. Of course, I also encourage you to visit campus and learn first-hand the many advantages of a Bowling Green State University education.

Simon Morgan-Russell
Dean
College of Arts & Sciences