The American cultural studies program is part of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

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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?

Quality classroom experiences

Students in American cultural studies take four of their required courses with other students from the units in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, which includes ethnic studies, popular culture, and women’s gender and sexuality studies. These interdisciplinary courses are designed to bring together the diverse knowledge and skills our majors have gathered and prepare them for life after BGSU. In these courses, students will learn cultural studies theories and research methods, create their own research project and engage in service-learning. Internships are also strongly encouraged.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Art, Material Culture, and Historical Dress
  • Feminism, Technology, and American Culture
  • Social Media/Global Cultures
  • Indigenous Cultures of North America

Curriculum

The American culture studies major requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, consisting of two electives and nine foundational and core courses: Introduction to American Cultural Studies; an American Cultural Diversity class; Early America; Modern America; an American literature course; Intersection of Race, Gender, and Cultural; Gender, Race, and Culture in Community-Based Practice; Qualitative Research Methods; and the Capstone Seminar.

Students have the opportunity to develop close working relationships with a diverse range of faculty across campus.

Internships and Careers

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.

The School of Cultural and Critical Studies advisor works with students to identify an internship site and supervisor, and establish a work schedule. The advisor approves internship plans and evaluates the student’s internship paper or report. American culture studies students often pursue internships at area museums, magazines and journals, non-profit organization and other institutions.

Go Far in your career

  • The interrelated fields of journalism, editing, publishing, and public relations
  • Non-profit and community service organizations, government agencies, libraries, and historical and cultural museums

Strong interdisciplinary program that has a record for placing students in jobs both inside and outside of the academy.

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The American cultural studies program is part of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.  
 

Admissions Information

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

High school coursework in English, history, social science and the arts are especially relevant in preparation for majoring in American culture studies at BGSU.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in American Culture Studies are expected to:

  • Think in an interdisciplinary way, drawing on holistic, critical and connective models of analysis;
  • Communicate orally and in writing about the cultural contexts of human expression and behavior;
  • Discuss the multicultural and pluralistic nature of American culture, and develop an appreciation for the diversity of our national cultural heritage;
  • Investigate relationships between theories of culture and various cultural traditions.