Frequently Asked Advising Questions

Q. Do I need to declare a major? When and where?

The sooner you declare a major, the sooner you will be assigned a Faculty Mentor/Advisor in the program of study you have selected. You declare your major in the college office by completing a Change of Major/Minor form.

Q. How do I change my major within the College of Arts & Sciences?

Go to the college office and fill out a “Change of Major/Minor” form.

Q. How do I change colleges?

Contact the college office of your intended major and complete the College Transfer form.

Q. Must I declare a minor?

Most majors require a minor but it is best to consult the Undergraduate Catalog. If a minor is required for a given major, the statement “minor also required” appears. You must declare your minor in your college office.

Intercollegiate Minor: You may earn a minor that is offered in the Undergraduate Catalog from another college without having to earn a degree from that college.

Q. How many hours are needed for graduation?

A minimum of 122 semester hours are required for graduation. At least 40 hours of the total 122 hours much be completed at the 3000/4000 level, and at least 30 hours must be completed at BGSU.  Apply for graduation through your MyBGSU Student Center by the end of the second week of the semester you plan to graduate.

Q. Is there a penalty for completing University Writing Program (UWP) 1120 late in my program at BGSU?

If you take UWP 1120 after you have reached junior standing (60 semester hours); three credit hours are added to the 122 needed for graduation.

If you take UWP 1120 after you have reached senior standing (90 semester credits); four credit hours are added to the 122 hours needed for graduation.

Q. What happens if I get a “D” or “F” in a course?

The grade of a D is a passing grade. Some departments require a C or better in their core courses or for pre-requisite courses. You may elect to retake the course but there are certain rules that must be fulfilled in retaking a course. Refer to the “Retaking a Course” section in the Undergraduate Catalog for further information.

Q. If I receive an “F” in a course, may I repeat that course at another university?

The Undergraduate Catalog states: “If a student receives a grade of D, F, I or WF in a course and then receives credit for that course by successful completion of a similar course at another institution, the credit hours and quality points for the first registration will continue to be used in computing the student’s GPA.” Therefore, you don’t have to take the course over at BGSU, but your GPA will not change. Credits are transferable, but not grades.

Q. Adding, dropping, and changing the grading option


During the fall and spring semesters, students may electronically enroll in courses via their Student Center, during the first seven days.

During summer and all other sessions, consult the Registration and Records Academic Calendar for electronic enrollment dates.


Fourteen calendar days are allowed for a student to electronically drop a course without college approval, via their Student Center, with no record on the transcript. For summer and all other sessions electronic drop is allowed before completing at least 13% of the contact hours (see the academic calendar for specific dates).

If a student drops a course after the 14 day deadline but before the end of the 12th week of a semester, college approval is required and a grade of “W” will appear on their official transcript.

For summer and all other sessions, college approval is required and a “W” is assigned if a student drops a course after completing at least 13% but not more than 80% of the contact hours (see the academic calendar for specific dates) of the session.

Request the course drop electronically or by filing the Schedule Change form in the college office.  It is the responsibility of the student to drop a course in a timely manner.

Grade Option Change

Note: For the College of Arts and Sciences, courses fulfilling requirements in majors and minors are required to be letter graded.

During the fall and spring semesters, 14 calendar days are allowed for a student to change the grading option of a course without college approval. For summer and all other sessions, grade option changes are allowed for students before completing 13% of the contact hours.

After the 14th day deadline has passed and before the end of the 12th week of the semester for fall and spring semesters, college approval is required.

For summer and all other sessions, after completing at least 13% but not more than 80% of the contact hours (see the academic calendar for specific dates) college approval is required.

Requesting the course drop electronically or by filing the Schedule Change form in the college office. It is the responsibility of the student to drop a course in a timely manner.

Students should check their class schedule in the MyBGSU Student Center to ensure all changes have been processed as expected. If a student stops attending a course but does not officially drop it (graded or S/U format) a failing grade will be calculated into the cumulative grade point average.

You will not be allowed to drop your last class electronically through MyBGSU. This action is considered “Withdrawing from the University” and you must choose the “Withdraw from Term” drop down in your Student Center and follow the directions.

Q. How do I withdraw from the university?

Please meet with an Arts and Sciences Academic Advisor before making the decision to withdraw from the university.  You initiate the withdrawal process in your MyBGSU “Student Center” in the “Other Academic” drop down box and select “withdraw from term”. After your withdraw is submitted online and permission from the Arts and Sciences Associate Dean is granted, you will have all courses from the semester dropped and the grades of “W” are recorded. A readmission restriction will be imposed for students who withdraw during the last five weeks of the semester. A student is not permitted to withdraw during the final exam period of the fall or spring semesters, or during the last two weeks of any summer session.

Q. What courses may I take S/U (commonly called pass/fail)?

You may take up to 16 credit hours S/U. You may not take any classes required in your major or minor S/U. The 16 hours does not include those courses which are only offered S/U. To receive an S in a course you must earn a C or better.

Q. What is an Arts and Sciences (AS) Transition Review?

The Transition Review is a degree requirement check for students during their 4th semester or for those enrolled in 59 semester hours or less. This review is to assist students in planning their final two years of undergraduate study and is conducted with an Academic Advisor.

Q. How can I declare a double major, dual degree, or an intra-college dual degree?

Double Major: The student who wishes to earn a double major within the College of Arts and Sciences must complete the requirements for both majors. This involves completing the degree requirements for one degree, the requirements for a major, and – instead of a minor – completing the requirements for the second major. The two majors must be ordered in the same degree (for example – a double major in Psychology and Sociology). A particular major may not be available to a student as a second major in those cases where there is significant overlap with courses in the second major. Substitutions to course requirements for a major are the jurisdiction of the program offering the major.

Dual Degrees: This involves the completion of two undergraduate degrees from two different colleges, when two majors are desired but cannot be obtained from a single college. You must secure permission of the Deans of both colleges before the end of your junior year, meet with an advisor in both college offices, complete the degree requirements of both collegiate degrees, as well as ear a minimum of 20 hours beyond the 122 hours required for one degree. If you earn dual degrees, you will need a major in each, but you will not need a minor. Courses used from a major in your second college may not be used for a major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Intra-College Degrees: If you pursue two different degrees within the College of Arts and Sciences you must meet with an academic advisor and obtain permission from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, requirements for a major and minor in each degree must be completed independently. Course counted toward a major or minor for the first degree cannot apply toward the major or minor in the second degree. At least 32 hours beyond the hours required for a single degree must be earned.

Q. Are there scholarships available?

A variety of scholarship opportunities from both university and the College of Arts and Sciences are available in one application process through the Financials icon>Scholarship Opportunities in your MyBGSU portal.

Q. How do I obtain permission to register for more than 18 hours?

Permission for any overload must be obtained from the college office. Course registration in excess of 18 hours carries extra fees. Consult the Bursar’s Office for specific charges.

Q. May I take a course at a local college during the summer and transfer the credits to BGSU?

Yes. Prior to doing so, check with Transfer Credit Evaluation in the Registrar’s Office for information about the proper procedure to follow.

Q. Can I appeal this?

You may file an appeal by visiting the college office and filing out an appeal form. If you want to improve the chances of your appeal being granted, state precisely and succinctly what you want and write clearly and briefly why you think your appeal should be approved. Attach any relevant supporting information. Please remember that an appeal is not granted until it’s granted; do not presume that it will be. An appeal by its nature is a variance from the rule, and there must be good reason for granting it. You may check the status of the appeal by contacting the college office. Most appeals are decided upon within two business days.

Q. How do I get help preparing for a career?

Each student in the College of Arts & Sciences will receive a free subscription to an online digital portfolio called “Portfolium”. Portfolium is a digital portfolio, job seeking, and social networking platform. Arts and Sciences has partnered with this this company so our students have the ability to professionally showcase their academic and extracurricular accomplishment for future employers. Companies like Disney, Nike, Google, Facebook, and Qualcomm are using Portfolium to hire their employees.

Students will also have full access to Bowling Green State Universities’ Career Center services:

Q. What is the Multidisciplinary Component (MDC) requirement?

This four-course requirement is grounded in the conviction that acquiring proficiency in multiple modes of thought and communication, referred to as habits of mind, is the defining characteristic of a liberal arts education. These courses enhance students’ ability to see things from multiple perspectives, creatively and analytically problem solving, and to communicate effectively with cultural competence. Eligible courses must be chosen from the approved course list in the Arts and Sciences Handbook following the guidelines below:

  • Four courses, each with a different prefix
  • At least two courses must be at 3000 or 4000 level
  • MDC courses may not be used to fulfill other Arts and Sciences degree requirements, nor may they be used to fulfill major, minor, BGP or other program requirements.
  • MDC approved courses carry a minimum of 2 semester hours