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.


Get a Degree in American Culture Studies

Get a Degree in American Culture Studies

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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.


American Culture Studies Master's Student, Amelia Amemate was among eleven undergraduate and graduate students that were honored Nov. 26 for their presentations about their education abroad experiences at the fifth annual Embracing Global Engagement symposium in October. Sponsored by the Bowling Green State University Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS), the symposium provides a venue for students to share what they learned, through oral, poster and video presentations.
The graduate winner of the oral presentations division was Amelia Amedela Amemate, from Ghana, for her work on “Challenging Toxic Gender Norms in Hostile Spaces: Observations from Ghanaian Culture.” Her mentor, Dr. Timothy Messer-Kruse, professor of ethnic studies, praised her for her “integration of activism and scholarship” and her courage in standing up for her beliefs. Amemate has challenged the patriarchal restrictions upon women of her home country and said she appreciated being in the United States, which has come farther in those terms than have some other places. Read More



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

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.