American Culture Studies
American Culture Studies (ACS) asks eternal questions in new ways, and new questions using refined methods from a variety of disciplines: What is the meaning of America, and , what is the role of the United States, to us and to the world? How has that meaning changed over time? How do we understand it from different perspectives, depending upon our gender, race, class, or ethnicity? How do we understand American culture through novels, television, activism, paintings, video games, festivals, movies, fanzines, music, social media, graphic novels, webisodes, material culture, and new forms of expression that are only now being explored?
In our courses, internships, research, and capstone experiences, our students and faculty ask and answer these questions.
By doing so, our students develop skills highly valued by employers
that serve them in the careers that they follow beyond BGSU: critical
thinking, analysis of a range of sources, qualitative research, public
speaking, clear writing, and, just as important, nuanced ways of
understanding the changing culture in which we live and work.