Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences
Since 1929, the College of Arts and Sciences at BGSU has offered innovative and engaging academic programs to the students at Bowling Green State University, educating young leaders through a rich liberal arts curriculum and offering areas of study in the sciences that take you from the depths of the Great Lakes to the farthest corners of the universe. All of our programs feature advanced equipment for research and learning.
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.
Academic Success Workshops are designed to provide students with an interactive experience to enhance their academic learning. Workshops are organized by topic and designed to meet the demands of college-level academics.
Professor Emeritus David Skaggs receives naval history medal
Dr. David Skaggs, Bowling Green State University professor emeritus of history, is a winner of the 2019 Commodore Dudley W. Knox Medal given by the Naval Historical Foundation.Skaggs David
The medal presentation was initiated in 2013 by the foundation to acknowledge a lifetime body of work that embraces scholarship, leadership and mentoring in the field of naval history. The 2019 recipients were announced June 8 at the 93rd annual meeting of the foundation at the Washington Navy Yards. Along with Skaggs, Cdr. Tyrone G. Martin and Norman Polmar will receive the Knox Medal at the conclusion of the McMullen Naval History Symposium to be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Sept. 19-20.
As a BGSU faculty member from 1965-98 and award-winning local historian, Skaggs was a well-known and frequent speaker about his research into the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. He served on the nominating committee for the Society of Military History from 1986 to 1989, including a year as chair, and regularly attended and presented at conferences. His scholarship has continued in his retirement. He is also a retired colonel in the Army Reserves. Read More
Fighting back against the Emerald Ash Borer
The public health, social, environmental and economic benefits of trees are well known – and continue to expand with current trends like forest bathing. But since 2003, a little green beetle has been threatening trees in Ohio and beyond.
The emerald ash borer, an invasive, exotic beetle discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002, has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America. In Ohio, where at one time one in every 10 trees was an ash tree, the ½-inch long bug seemed to have won its war.
But Bowling Green State University postdoctoral researcher Dr. Rachel Kappler, biological sciences, says all may not be lost.
“The future will be variable,” she said. “So we have to just keep ourselves aware and informed and expect that, by the time the next tree generation turns from youth to adult, management methods may prove to be beneficial. I want the public to keep hope that we’ll be able to keep ash trees around.” Read More
BGSU sociology research team to study why individuals 'desist' from crime
While many researchers have investigated factors that lead people to commit crimes, much less is known about how and why individuals move away from or “desist” from these kinds of behaviors.
Bowling Green State University sociology faculty Drs. Peggy Giordano, Monica Longmore and Wendy Manning will explore the processes associated with “getting out” of crime in the three-year study “Mechanisms Underlying Desistance from Crime” with support from a $797,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice.
The results are expected to fill significant gaps in the understanding of specific individual-level and social influences on desistance, and may inform future policy priorities and programs, including programs focused on female offenders. The work is an example of BGSU’s commitment as a public university to the public good. Read More