Department of Popular Culture

Bowling Green State University is the only institution in the nation to have a Department of Popular Culture. We offer a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to earn a bachelor of arts degree with a Popular Culture major and for graduate students to earn a masters degree in Popular Culture. Undergraduates majoring in any field can take approved Popular Culture courses to meet BGSU humanities requirements and can complete a Popular Culture minor or a Folklore minor. We regularly offer both graduate and undergraduate courses in popular music, television, film, literature, and folklore, as well as courses that focus on how to research and analyze popular culture and its influence on society.  

Popular Culture students study those aspects of national and international culture which have the most impact on a majority of the population. The 10 full-time faculty in the department hold doctoral degrees in American Culture, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ethnic Studies, Folklore, and Women's Studies: we share an interest in bringing these different perspectives to our research and teaching about popular culture. While popular culture may at first appear to be a trivial matter, it turns out to be the site where many of the most important and controversial issues are explored and debated.


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Get a Degree in Popular Culture

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Call for Papers

Call for Papers "Researching the Romance"

Researching the Romance Conference - April 13-14, 2018
We are seeking presentations by graduate students and academics interested in the study of popular romance studies, as well as authors writing in the genre. Proposals for individual presentations or entire panels will be considered. The scope of this conference is deliberately broad, with the intention of highlighting the interdisciplinary nature and many different avenues of research possible within popular romance studies.   Read More

Wallach Book Published in Indonesian Language

Wallach Book Published in Indonesian Language

Dr. Jeremy Wallach’s doctoral research took him to Indonesia in 1997, a pivotal time in the political and social life for that country, and his topic—the Indonesian music scene—played a role in the change that led from dictatorship to democracy. That research—which took him to college campuses, cafes, recording studios, rock concerts, rural villages and urban neighborhoods—found its way into his 2008 book, “Modern Noise, Fluid Genres: Popular Music in Indonesia 1997-2001.” It has now been translated into Bahasa Indonesia by Jakarta publisher Komunitas Bambu with a new introduction by Wallach and a new title. Read More

BGSU Hosts Popular Culture Research Institute

BGSU Hosts Popular Culture Research Institute

During the second annual Popular Culture Association Summer Research Institute, scholars dug into BGSU’s special collections—including the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies and the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives—to advance their research. Attendees from Finland, Canada, California, Connecticut, Nevada, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Tennessee benefitted from the week they spent accessing the collections. “What I found here was critical to my work,” said Kimi Kärki, University of Turku in Finland. “What a resource this place has been.” Read More