The undergraduate program in American Culture Studies is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to the holistic study of American culture, society and institutions, American culture studies offers students an individually tailored program that focuses on the American experience. Courses help students to develop the skills appropriate for the study and appreciation of American culture in all of its diversity. The program enables students to integrate the substance of other disciplines into coherent patterns reflecting the complexity of American life and our national heritage. The goal of BGSU’s American Culture Studies Program is to help students understand and appreciate the interrelationship of all aspects of American culture.
American Culture Studies graduates find a variety of fields and employment venues that rely upon knowledge of American culture as well as the analytical and communication skills that our program helps students to develop. American Culture Studies graduates find employment in the interrelated fields of journalism, editing, publishing, and public relations. They are attractive candidates for jobs in non-profit and community service organizations, government agencies (at the national, state, and local levels), libraries, and historical and cultural museums. As part of their studies, our students develop skills that are useful in such fields as urban and regional planning, environmental analysis, cultural and historical preservation, and archival management.
For students considering careers in law, business, ministry, or other related fields, American culture studies offers a broad interdisciplinary background supplemented by specialized courses to enhance entry into these fields. Students planning on graduate studies will find American Culture Studies to provide preparation for entry into graduate programs in American studies, cultural studies, literature, history, anthropology, folklore, art history, women’s studies, ethnic studies, and other culturally oriented courses of study.