Parent & Family Resources

Welcome Parents and Families!  The College of Arts & Sciences welcomes you as a partner in the educational success of your student. This page is designed to assist you, the parents and family members of a student in the College of Arts & Sciences, in staying informed and involved in your student’s educational career. Although the college staff is limited by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the type of information that can be shared with parents and family members, we recognize that you have an important role to play in the support of your student’s educational career. We want to assist you in that role as much as possible! For your convenience we have listed several academic and related topics below. Additional information can be found at the Office of Campus Activities Parents and Families and in the College of Arts & Sciences Family Handbook.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In 1974 the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was enacted into law to protect a student’s privacy in regard to their educational records. As your student enters college he/she enters the realm of being an adult and taking control of their educational records. This can be frustrating for you, the parents, who are still providing support for their student financially and emotionally. We encourage you to maintain an open line of communication with your student and to stay informed about college processes as much as possible.

Academic Advising

In the College of Arts & Sciences we offer your student a two-tiered academic advising system to assist her/him in staying on track academically. Your student will be assigned a faculty advisor in their degree program area (contact information for their faculty advisor can be found in their MyBGSU Student Center). Your student will also have the ability to meet with a professional advisor in the college office. Students can schedule an appointment by contacting the College of Arts and Sciences office. Select drop-in hours are also available for quick questions.

Checksheets for Degree Requirements

Junior audit checksheets are a low-tech way to view degree requirements. Copies of the checksheets are always available for viewing on the online BGSU Undergraduate Catalog.  In addition, students can run an electronic degree audit via their MyBGSU Student Center which allows them to track their progress towards the completion of their degree.  Be sure that you are checking on the appropriate catalog year based on your students' matriculation (start) term.

College of Arts and Sciences Handbook

The College of Arts and Sciences Handbook is a supplement to the BGSU Undergraduate Policies, Programs, and Courses.  It includes information on grade policies and specific college requirements.

Department and Program Information

Each of the College of Arts and Science's major and minors are associated with a department or program office. If you're interested in learning more about your student's major or minor you should visit the College's Departments and Programs page.