Graduate Catalog 2004-2005
The Graduate College
The goal of graduate education is to develop the resourcefulness and responsibility of post-baccalaureate individuals by furthering in them the ability to handle effectively the materials of their field and related human interactions, and to use critically the reports of others, judging both their value and their limitations.
Graduate study involves mastering levels of complexity and generalization that reflect and extend the knowledge and intellectual maturity of accomplished baccalaureate degree holders. Moreover, graduate study must occur in the company of students interested and capable enough to analyze, explore, question, reconsider, and synthesize old and new knowledge and skills.
Graduate work is, therefore, much more than the passing of a particular number of courses and the fulfillment of certain minimum requirements. One of the important goals of the Graduate College is to help students make the best use of the University’s resources in their pursuit of a mature and thorough understanding of significant problems. Students should consider themselves co-workers with other students, scholars, and teachers in cooperative intellectual endeavors on a high level.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is offered in the fields of American Culture Studies, Biological Sciences, Communication Disorders, Communication Studies, Higher Education Administration, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy (applied), Photochemical Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, and Theatre. The degree of Doctor of Education is offered in the field of Leadership Studies. Master’s degrees are awarded in almost all academic departments and several interdepartmental areas.
The Graduate Faculty is composed of those members of the University faculty who are actively engaged in research and teaching at the graduate level. Membership constitutes recognition of scholarly excellence and professional creativity.
Members of the Graduate Faculty may teach courses at the 500 through the 700 levels, serve as members of master’s and doctoral committees, direct master’s theses and doctoral dissertations, vote in Graduate College elections, and serve on the Graduate Council. Duties and privileges of Graduate Faculty are described in Article VIII of the Academic Charter.
In order to maintain the Graduate Faculty as a viable body, the qualifications of the members are reviewed periodically. A list of Graduate Faculty is provided in the final section of this catalog.
Graduate Student Senate
The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is an elected body, composed of and administered by graduate students, with the objective of representing the interests of graduate students at Bowling Green State University. GSS serves an important role as liaison between the Graduate College and graduate students. Each graduate program is afforded representation in the Graduate Student Senate. GSS maintains representation on the various standing committees of the University. In addition to its involvement in academic and financial issues, GSS coordinates a variety of cultural, educational, and recreational events throughout the year.
The GSS holds open meetings every three weeks. Its office is located in 402 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, (419) 372-2426.
Professional Development Opportunities
The Graduate Student Enhancement Program (GradSTEP) is designed to help the careers of graduate students, before, during, and after earning their degrees. The highlight of GradSTEP’s year-round events is a one-week seminar which is generally acknowledged to be one of the top professional development programs for higher education in the nation and is held just prior to fall semester. Because a primary goal of GradSTEP is to improve the performance of teaching assistants and research assistants, the one-week seminar is required as a contractual condition for new graduate assistants. All graduate students, as well as faculty, are encouraged to attend these sessions. GradSTEP also offers ongoing programs and provides awards to recognize excellence among graduate teaching assistants.
The Cooperative Education Program provides an opportunity to serve in a series of professionally relevant cooperative work assignments in business, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. Academic credit may be awarded for the off-campus work experience, subject to approval from the academic area and the Graduate College.