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
Donahue Honored by Ohio Senate
Dr. Matthew Donahue was surprised recently when, upon returning to campus from a research trip, he opened his mail and found a proclamation from the Ohio Senate commending him “for remarkable attainment” on a recent project. Donahue, a lecturer in popular culture in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, said he was astounded to learn that the legislature, thanks to Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R., 2nd District), had recognized him for his documentary “The Amsterdam T-Shirt Project.”
An icon of popular culture, the T-shirt has been used since the late 1950s almost as a “removable tattoo” to express oneself, Donahue said, and has also turned into a huge industry, especially in the travel sector. He found that Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, is particularly known for producing commemorative T-shirts. He received a travel grant from the Popular Culture Association to explore and document the phenomenon, including Amsterdam artists, vendors and T-shirt shop owners. The resulting film placed in the top four among American independent filmmakers in the 2019 Travel Video Awards sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters. Read More