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.
WALLACH RETURNS TO INDONESIA FOR INDONESIAN- LANGUAGE EDITION OF HIS SEMINAL BOOK
In life as in music, timing is everything. For Dr. Jeremy Wallach, a professor of popular culture, his 1997 trip to Indonesia to conduct research for his doctoral thesis came at a pivotal moment in the political and social life for that country, and his topic — the Indonesian music scene — played a role in the change that led from dictatorship to democracy the following year, when the authoritarian government of President Soeharto was toppled.
Wallach used his research, which took him to college campuses, cafes, recording studios, rock concerts, rural villages and urban neighborhoods, for his 2008 book, “Modern Noise, Fluid Genres: Popular Music in Indonesia 1997-2001," published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Read More
RESEARCH MAY DISRUPT THE CANON OF RENAISSANCE ART HISTORY
A Bowling Green State University art history professor is about to disrupt the traditional conventions about Cosimo de’Medici – one of the most important figures in the rise of the Italian Renaissance.
Dr. Allie Terry-Fritsch’s research rediscovers and examines the 15th-century secular users of the first public library in Florence, Italy, at the convent of San Marco and “challenges the canon of Renaissance art history itself,” she explained.
The associate professor of art history in the BGSU School of Art received a prestigious 2017 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend to support the completion of her book titled “Cosimo de’Medici, Fra Angelico, and the Public Library of San Marco.”
WORLD LANGUAGES AND CULTURES PROMOTES LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL COMPETENCE
A new department formed by the merging of two units in the College of Arts and Sciences underscores BGSU’s commitment to global literacy. World Languages and Cultures combines the former departments of German, Russian and East Asian Languages (GREAL) and Romance and Classical Studies (ROCS). Dr. Philip Peek, associate professor of classics, has been appointed chair of the new unit.
“The majority of the world is bilingual,” Peek said. “Research has long shown a connection between being bilingual and higher intellectual and cognitive abilities, the ability to think in creative ways and to adjust to change. Understanding world cultures and being conversant in another language are fundamental skills for today's global citizens.”
NEW PROFESSORSHIP IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AWARDED TO CHAO
A new professorship in software engineering made possible by
prominent BGSU alumni has been awarded to an accomplished member of
the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Joseph Chao, associate
professor and chair of the department, has been named the inaugural
Shantanu and Reni Narayen Endowed Professor for a three-year term
beginning fall 2017.
Under Chao’s leadership, the department developed a software engineering (S.E.) specialization in 2015 and will offer a new bachelor of science degree for students majoring in the discipline beginning this fall. His plan under the Narayen professorship is to focus on student recruitment, program expansion and strategic planning for the future.
“The next logical step for the computer science department is to grow the software engineering program and become a leader in S.E. education,” Chao said. “This is a natural evolution of our program, and it will provide students with additional credentials for employment in a rapidly growing field.” READ MORE