Facts about the College

Founded in 1929 as the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences today is the largest and most diverse college at BGSU.


  • 21 departments and 4 schools.
  • More than 100 areas of study.
  • A broad range of general education courses required of all University students.
  • Nine interdisciplinary programs.
  • Comprehensive graduate offerings including 12 doctoral and 25 master’s degree programs.


  • Nearly 500 full-time and adjunct faculty.
  • Faculty research productivity is evidenced by the publication annually of 15-20 books and hundreds of scholarly articles / creative endeavors.
  • 12 of BGSU’s 17 designated “Master Teachers” are from Arts and Sciences.
  • External grants to the College average $4-5 million annually.


  • The mean ACT score for entering freshmen in the College is 23.04 (The University mean is 21.96).
  • 45 of the University’s 48 National Merit scholars are in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 390 of the 777 University Honors Program students are Arts and Sciences majors.

The Department of Theatre and Film occupies a brand new facility that is “state-of-the-art.” Within the next five years, most departments will be in new or renovated facilities.


  • The Fine Arts Center galleries offer special exhibitions throughout the year. All are free and open to the public.
  • The Department of Theatre and Film produces up to 12 shows annually for the University and general public. Auditions are open.
  • The planetarium offers special programming throughout the year to school children, University students, and the public.
  • Guest writers visit campus each month as part of a series of free readings sponsored by the creative writing program.
  • The departments of Romance & Classical Studies and German, Russian and East Asian Languages annually co-sponsor an International Film Series.


  • The graduate program in industrial/organizational psychology was ranked among the top three in the nation in the last “U.S. News and World Report on Graduate Schools.”
  • The graduate program in applied philosophy was ranked number one in 1998 in the area of applied moral, political and social philosophy in the Leiter Report, a respected annual national comprehensive report.
  • Arts and Sciences faculty edit more than 50 journals.
  • For the second time in three years, the National Association of College Broadcasters cited WFAL, the student operated AM radio station, as one of the top five college stations in the nation.
  • College faculty maintain more than 250 active partnerships with business, industry, the non profit and public sectors.
  • In a survey designed to identify which universities produce the best trained students, the broadcast journalism program was ranked in the top 10 nationally by a national association of news broadcasters representing 400 stations.
  • Since 1987, 24 arts and sciences faculty have received Fulbright Scholar Awards.
  • The Mid-American Review celebrates its 30th year of publication in 2012. This national literary magazine has published a gala double issue featuring the work of two Pulitzer Prize-winning poets and nearly four dozen other writers. The magazine has won two Ohioana Awards for excellence in magazine publishing, and many of its stories and poems have been reprinted in prize anthologies. Dr. Wendall Mayo, professor of English, is editor-in-chief.


  • Students have the opportunity to study abroad in virtually any country. The College has established programs in Canada, Mexico, England, Spain, France, Austria, Italy, Africa and Asia.
  • Undergraduate students in chemistry, biological sciences, mathematics/statistics, physics, geology and psychology have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research experiences. Creative opportunities exist in art, creative writing, the planetarium and theatre.
  • Every school, department and program has faculty advisors to assist students with progress towards a degree. The College also has a staff of professional academic advisors. In addition, electronic means are employed to keep students abreast of deadlines, requirements, on-campus activities, study skills and career opportunities.
  • The College is working closely with Continuing Education, International and Summer Programs to identify new opportunities for distance learning and new opportunities for year-round evening courses to accommodate the needs of nontraditional students.
  • The College is actively participating with the College of Education and Human Development to identify new means of linking arts and sciences with teacher education.
  • The Center for Neuroscience is an initiative between biological sciences and psychology that allows for a unique undergraduate interdisciplinary major which is proving to be of considerable interest to students.