In 1957, an undergraduate interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts program in American Studies was established at BGSU under the direction of Dr. Alma Payne of the Department of English, who was named as the first faculty joint appointment in English and American Studies.
The undergraduate program in American Culture Studies is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to the holistic study of American culture, society and institutions. American culture studies offers students an individually tailored program that focuses on the American experience. Courses help students to develop the skills appropriate for the study and appreciation of American culture in all of its diversity. The program enables students to integrate the substance of other disciplines into coherent patterns reflecting the complexity of American life and our national heritage. The goal of BGSU’s American Culture Studies Program is to help students understand and appreciate the interrelationship of all aspects of American culture.