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School of Cultural & Critical Studies

The School of Cultural and Critical Studies includes four interdisciplinary units with distinct but complementary missions:  the American Culture Studies Program, the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Department of Popular Culture, and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.  These units share a multidisciplinary approach, eclectic methodologies, a commitment to critical thinking and engagement, and an emphasis on how differences -- cultural, national, economic, racial, sexual, etc. -- are constructed and expressed.
 
Our undergraduate students engage in a dynamic core curriculum that includes service-learning, training in qualitative research, and a senior capstone project.

Graduate students in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies participate in a lively intellectual community. We offer a PhD or MA in American Culture Studies, an MA in Popular Culture, and graduate certificates in Ethnic Studies, Public History, and Women’s Studies.    


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The 17th Annual Black Issues Conference is being held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 in the Bowen Thompson Student Union featuring student presentations and keynote luncheon. Registration is free for BGSU students and $15 for all others.
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Save the Date

Save the Date

The 22nd Annual Latino Issues Conference will feature a keynote address by award-winning author Jennine Capó Crucet and research and creative presentations by BGSU students.     Read More

Ray Browne Conference

Ray Browne Conference

April 1-3, 2016. The theme for this year's conference is Time and Timelessness: Conceptions of the Past, Present, and Future in Cultural Studies.
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Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight

“My time in the WS and ETHN programs have equipped me with the tools necessary to think critically about the world around me, and that has been invaluable to my work in nonprofits.” Read More

Dr. Jeff Brown Authors Book

Dr. Jeff Brown Authors Book

In his new book “Beyond Bombshells: The New Action Heroine In Popular Culture,” Dr. Jeffrey A. Brown looks at action heroines and addresses the shift in how female characters are portrayed in popular culture today.
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Popular Culture Shock

Popular Culture Shock

Amira Hassnaoui, Joyce Okango, and Martin Muthee, graduate students in the Masters in Popular Culture Program, are here from Africa. All three came to BGSU for the unique opportunities that the Department of Popular Culture offers them—primarily a chance to combine all their research interests into one department.
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2016 Popular Culture
Research Workshop

Faculty, independent scholars, and advanced graduate students are invited to apply for the 2016 Popular Culture Research Workshop which will be held May 21-27, 2016 at BGSU. This research workshop is intended to introduce between 20 and 25 scholars from around the country and abroad to the research and pedagogical treasures of  Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Library and the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives, work with workshop faculty to identify and hone a research project, and learn key approaches for using this unique collection. Applications accepted until April 1, 2016.

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