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 BGSU's Parents and Families website 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 the parents and family members 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

The College of Arts & Sciences offers advising services through both faculty mentors and academic advisors. Your student will have an academic advisor in the college office who will be their primary contact during their first and second years. But we strongly encourage students to introduce themselves to their faculty mentor right away so they can start to build rapport with them. Faculty mentors will be the primary contact for your student during their junior and senior years.

Faculty mentors and academic advisors perform overlapping, but slightly different roles. Both academic advisors and faculty mentors can explain Undergraduate Catalog policies, the College of Arts & Sciences Student Handbook, Degree Audit Report (DARS) and checksheets as well as helping your student understand university, degree, major, minor, specialization, and focus requirements. Faculty mentors will provide professional insight relevant to your student’s career objectives and suggest appropriate course alternatives or experiential learning opportunities. Academic advisors provide general information about the disciplines your student chooses and will conduct a Transition Review with them as they near 60 semester hours. This reviews explains remaining degree requirements and is a milestone, marking your student’s transition to their faculty mentors for their junior and senior years.

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.

ABCs of Higher Education

Similar to other professions higher education communities often have a language all of their own and Bowling Green State University is no different. Please explore this link to gain understanding of our jargon.