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.


School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Part-Time Instructors (Adjuncts)

The School of Cultural and Critical Studies at Bowling Green State University seeks strong applicants for possible part-time teaching assignments for Fall 2024, Spring 2025 and Summer 2025 in the areas of: American Culture Studies (ACS), Ethnic Studies (ETHN), Popular Culture (POPC), Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WS), and Public History (PUBH).

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Alumni Spotlight

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BGSU honors Dr. Robert L. Perry ’59, ’65

Although it has been more than two decades since Dr. Robert L. Perry '59, '65 retired from Bowling Green State University, his legacy is still felt today.

The inaugural director of the University’s ethnic studies program is credited with shaping diversity and belonging initiatives at BGSU. On Thursday, Sept. 23, BGSU honored his achievements and contributions with the naming of the Robert L. Perry Veranda, located at Shatzel Hall.

“Today’s naming and unveiling of the Robert L. Perry Veranda will forever be another reminder of our commitment to ethnic studies and diversity and belonging,” said BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers. “To know where we are heading as a University, we have to recognize and understand where we have been. Dr. Perry’s work is one of those mileposts of progress in our history.

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Peña recognized for outstanding leadership

The Faculty Senate Leadership as a Chair/School Director Award was presented to Dr. Susana Peña, who served as the director of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies from 2011-2021. The honor recognizes an individual who, through their leadership, has made a significant contribution to the University, through curricular innovation or new programs, maintenance and enhancement of a department’s or school’s mission, faculty development, community outreach, student-faculty relations, contributions to the campus community or promotion of the University’s core values. Peña is credited with spearheading the development of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies as several areas of study transitioned from individual units to a coalition.  

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Updated: 03/22/2024 03:14PM