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

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

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, Elizabeth Brownlow Wins Award

On Monday, September 16, 2019, Bowling Green State University Libraries announced that Elizabeth Brownlow, a Ph.D. student in American Culture Studies, has been named as the 2019 recipient of The Roberta Gellis Memorial Paper Award. Brownlow’s paper “Distinguishing Feminist Readerships and Shaping Genre in the Online Community Romance Novels for Feminists” explores the ways in which “community members resist the image of the “typical” romance reader and the stigma attached to it by engaging with the genre through feminist critique and the sharing of personal experience to “save face” in a world that tells them one cannot be both feminist and a romance reader.” Read More

Begum’s Commitment to Engagement Acclaimed

Begum’s Commitment to Engagement Acclaimed

Dr. Khani Begum, associate professor of English, and American Culture Studies Affiliated Faculty, has built a tremendous record of service while at BGSU, particularly through her commitments and accomplishments focusing on service-learning, community engagement and outreach. In recognition of this dedication, Begum was presented with the Faculty Senate Distinguished Service Award at the annual Faculty Excellence Awards held April 16. The award is given in recognition of outstanding, continuous service and to highlight the importance of dedicated faculty to the development and enhancement of the University. Begum received a $1,000 cash prize and a reserved parking spot for one year. 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.