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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Get a Degree in American Culture Studies

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DIGITAL CULTURE MEETS THE WORLD OF CRAFT

DIGITAL CULTURE MEETS THE WORLD OF CRAFT

Gajjala book, research look at means, outcomes of online philanthropy:   Stories sell products. And in this age of artisanal, craft and cottage industry goods, stories are all-important in connecting seller to buyer. This reaches another level when those products come from areas of the world where the story is also one of helping someone out of poverty — and that connection is often made through digital media, says Dr. Radhika Gajjala, a Bowling Green State University professor in the School of Media and Communication and American Culture Studies.
As with her other books, she collaborated with colleagues and her former doctoral students on the research and the co-production of knowledge, and, in some cases, the writing. Her latest book, “Online Philanthropy in the Global North and South: Connecting, Microfinancing, and Gaming for Change,” published by Lexington Books, examines aspects of online philanthropy. As she says in the introduction, an overarching question the book investigates is “What happens when Web 2.0 platforms and tools are used to connect people who want to give to the poor of the world? What sorts of formats and strategies are used? What rhetorics of inclusion and exclusion emerge?” Read More

ACS Ph.D Anniversary Reunion Celebration November 2-3, 2018

ACS Ph.D Anniversary Reunion Celebration November 2-3, 2018

Join us as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the American Culture Studies Ph.D program and the 45th Anniversary of the Popular Culture program at Bowling Green State University. Program alumni, former and current faculty, and current graduate students are encouraged to attend.

Friday, November 2
6 - 9 p.m. | Welcome Reception | Mileti Alumni Center

Saturday, November 3
10 a .m. - 4 p.m. | Activities Schedule | Jerome Library

  • Opening Remarks
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Campus Walking Tour
  • Library Tour
  • Lunch and Networking
  • Alumni and Current Student Panels
  • Celebration and Reminiscing Activities
Register Today to Attend