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.
Sheffer honored for enhancing connection of humanities research with community needs
Dr. Jolie Sheffer, director of Bowling Green State University’s Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS), has received the 2019 David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service. The annual award is designed to recognize and honor the outstanding work in service-learning and/or civic engagement of two faculty or staff members at Ohio Campus Compact member institutions. Also honored was Dr. Mary Ann Studer, dean of the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity at Defiance College.
As ICS director, Sheffer, who is also an associate professor of English and American culture studies, has taken the institute to a new level of public engagement, including requiring that its faculty fellows share their scholarship with the public. Read More
Art history exhibition explores ‘Toledo Renaissance’
The Renaissance is known as a time when European culture, art, politics and the economy flourished. Toledo, Ohio, had its own Renaissance in the early 20th century and proclaimed the city as a place of promise. Students in Dr. Allie Terry-Fritsch’s “Critical Issues in Early Modern Art History" seminar this semester explored the architecture and people that shaped Toledo’s identity as a site of renewal through patronage of architecture and art inspired by the Renaissance.
Through focused examination of select Toledo buildings, the students discovered “the nuanced strategies of architectural appropriation that situated early 20th-century residents within a fantasy of the golden age,” Terry-Fritsch said. The histories they uncovered tell an interesting story, she added, “from Lamson’s, the luxury department store, that framed its wares with the insignia of the prestigious labor guilds of Renaissance Florence to the vaudeville theater that transported the Ca’ d’Oro from Venice to downtown Toledo.
The story of two Pucks
BGSU alumna Anne (Potoky) Weaver ’56 and undergraduate Anna Parchem share similar first names, a petite stature, boundless energy and enthusiasm and, most importantly, a stint as William Shakespeare’s “Puck.”
On May 4, the two sprites came face-to-face after the Saturday matinee of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the Department of Theatre and Film’s final production for the 2018-19 season.
Weaver, who turns 90 on May 11, traveled from Columbus (Ohio) to campus with her son to see “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It is a play she knows well–well enough that she was able to recite some of the lines which she remembered from when she played Puck in 1955.
As a student at BGSU, Weaver was active in the theatre department, Greek life (Alpha Xi Delta) and was named the Outstanding Greek Woman in 1956. After graduating, she had a successful career in marketing and public relations.