College of Arts and Sciences
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A student majoring in Popular Culture studies the forms of creative expression we use in everyday life. Courses focus on the impact various aspects of popular culture (such as television, movies, rock music, popular books and magazines, sports, holidays, festivals, and folklore) have on our culture and how they reflect the values of our society. While studies of contemporary culture are an important part of the program, historical material is emphasized as well. (See also Folklore.)
Major, Bachelor of Arts (33 hours) - minor required - Spring 2019 course requirements
Minor (21 hours)
- POPC 1600 or 1650
- POPC 1700
- 12 credits hours of 3000-level or 4000-level POPC courses totaling 12 credit hours
- 3 additional credit hours of POPC courses (this could include either POPC 1600 or POPC 1650)
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Popular Culture are expected to be able to:
- Apply critical analysis to the popular culture environment, both in the present and in its various historical manifestations, in order to discuss such matters as how popular culture shapes/reflects our personal and social experiences, how popular culture shapes/reflects diversity in a multicultural society, and how popular culture shapes/reflects American culture's relationship to global culture(s);
- Explain ways in which the materials of popular culture are shaped by aesthetic, social history, and cultural forces, and how the materials of popular culture influence these forces as well;
- Describe basic theories and methodologies relevant to popular culture scholarship, and apply those theories and methodologies in research;
- Demonstrate how diverse aesthetic systems embody the visions and values of different cultural groups;
- Convey ideas orally and in writing.
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 Popular Culture 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 Popular Culture 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 Popular Culture program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.