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?
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
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.
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.