School of Cultural & Critical Studies

The School of Cultural and Critical Studies (CCS) 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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Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight

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News and Stories

40 for 40!: An Opportunity to Give!

40 for 40!: An Opportunity to Give!

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program @BGSU celebrates our 40th anniversary in 2018 as the first Women’s Studies program approved within the state of Ohio. Help us celebrate this milestone with your stories, photos, and memories. We are hoping to get 40 memories, 40 wishes, a 40 dollar gift …Since Women’s Studies was introduced in 1978, the program has evolved to become the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at BGSU. Today’s program provides the same thoughtful, interdisciplinary studies as the original curriculum and continues to make a difference in the lives of our students.  By making a gift to the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at BGSU, you can provide opportunities to current and future students. Learn More

Faulkner Book Urges A More Physical Feminism

Faulkner Book Urges A More Physical Feminism

Dr. Sandra Faulkner has been preparing for her new book, “Real Women Run: Running as Feminist Embodiment,” her whole life. Since childhood she has been either running or wanting to run, and that desire to experience the physicality of her self has fed her personal and scholarly explorations of embodiment, identity and feminist theory. “I wanted to use my personal ethnography and connect it to larger societal influences, taking the personal to the public,” said Faulkner, a professor in the Dept. of Communication and director and graduate coordinator of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies. Read More

Brown’s Book Explores U.S. Superhero Infatuation

Brown’s Book Explores U.S. Superhero Infatuation

Superhero infatuation is at an all-time high. Superman and Batman are as well known as some of the most-beloved storybook characters. Dr. Jeffrey Brown addresses the trend of exalted superhero status in his book, “The Modern Superhero in Film and Television.” In the textbook, recently published by Routledge, Brown says superheroes are stars of the big screen as well as television, and their fame crosses into vast merchandising. “The 21st century is a new golden age for superheroes. We became terrified and insecure after 9/11, surrounded by a culture of fear of terrorism,” he said. Read More