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? In our courses, internships, research, and capstone experiences, our students and faculty ask and answer these questions.

By doing so, our students develop skills highly valued by employers that serve them in the careers that they follow beyond BGSU: critical thinking, analysis of a range of sources, qualitative research, public speaking, clear writing, and, just as important, nuanced ways of understanding the changing culture in which we live and work.


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News and Stories

Celebrating achievement at the Embracing Global Engagement awards were (left to right) John Fischer, Amelia Amedela Amemate, Ashley Mitchell, Laura Eitel, Olivia Henderson, Bryant Kuhlman and Cordula Mora.

ACS Ph.D Student, Michail Markodimitrakis Participates in the World Forum for Democracy

Congratulations to ACS PhD student Michail Markodimitrakis for his participation as a youth delegate of his city, Iraklion, Crete, in the World Forum for Democracy hosted at the European Council in Strasbourg, France. Michail is also participating in the Strasbourg Club, an initiative of cities in Europe and North Africa that currently host refugees and run integration programs.
Michail recently received the Katzner Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Award from BGSU’s Graduate College. The award will support his dissertation research on “Living in the EU Borderlands: An Ethnography of Refugee and Migrant Violence and Healing in the Greek Islands.”

ACS Alumni Publish in New SAGE Handbook co-edited by Dr. Gajjala

Dr. Radhika Gajjala of ACS is one the co-editors (along with Drs. Kevin Smets, Koen Leurs Myria Georgiou and Saskia Witteborn) of the recently released text. Included in this volume is work authored by graduates of the ACS and SMC doctoral programs (Dr. Tori Arthur, Dr. Alyssa Fisher, Ms. Kaitlyn Wauthier, and Ms. Emily Edwards) at BGSU The volume is a very useful and important resource for scholars studying contemporary issues around media and migration. "The SAGE Handbook of Media and Migration offers a comprehensive overview of media and migration through new research, as well as a review of present scholarship in this expanding and promising field. It explores key interdisciplinary concepts and methodologies, and how these are challenged by new realities and the links between contemporary migration patterns and its use of mediated processes." Learn More

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in American Culture Studies are expected to be able 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.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The American Culture Studies program is currently undergoing Program/Cluster Review.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The American Culture Studies program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The American Culture Studies program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.