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

Get a Degree in American Culture Studies

American Culture Studies graduates find a variety of fields and employment venues.   Read More

News and Stories

Amelia Amemate Challenges Ghanaian Cultural Norms

Amelia Amemate Challenges Ghanaian Cultural Norms

Amelia Amedela Amemate never planned to study American culture. She was more interested in international relations, law and women’s rights.   She majored in political science and minored in archaeology during her undergraduate studies in her home, Ghana. Yet, strange as it may seem, it was her hair that played a role in her coming to Bowling Green State University and becoming a graduate student in American culture studies, specializing in gender, ethnicity and identity. 
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Outstanding Student Employee Team Award Goes to ACS Students

Outstanding Student Employee Team Award Goes to ACS Students

Lauren O’Connor (PhD in American Culture Studies) and Elizabeth Brownlow (PhD in American Culture Studies) won the Outstanding Student Employee Team Working for BGSU Award for their work as research assistants in the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, 2017-2018.