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Bowling Green State University — Cultural & Critical Studies

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Cultural & Critical Studies
Degrees Awarded:
American Culture Studies (MA), American Culture Studies (PhD), Ethnic Studies (Certificate), Public History (Certificate), Women's Studies (Certificate)
Admissions Deadlines:

January 15 for MA and Ph.D; rolling for certificates

Admissions Cycle:

Annual for MA and Ph.D; rolling for certificates

Program Start:
August; rolling for certificates
Program Founded:
January, 2013


Coverdell Fellows receive tuition scholarships sufficient to pay for enough credits to complete their degrees in a timely manner, two years for the M.A., four years for the Ph.D.  Coverdell Fellows in the M.A. program are granted teaching or research assistantships paying at least $10,000 for the academic year and Ph.D students are granted teaching or research assistantships paying $14,000 for the academic year.  Coverdell Fellows can earn certificates independently of the MA or Ph.D degrees, or earn a certificate concurrently with a degree.


Our program communicates a sense of the complexity and diversity of the American national and transnational culture through systematic analysis of its elements. This approach is relevant equally to students who might pursue a career in education in some aspect of American culture and to those who might engage in such pursuits as advocacy, journalism, NGO’s, government, etc., where a knowledge of American culture is important. While the American studies component of the curriculum assures a common experience in culture study, the remainder of the courses allows an individualized educational experience. In addition, concurrently with their degrees, ACS graduate students have the opportunity to earn graduate certificates in Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, and Public History, all also administered by CCS. ACS offers students a curriculum that helps them analyze structures of inequality in and across cultures, including those of ethnicity, class, and gender.  Furthermore, ACS offers internships to Coverdell students to allow them to work with underprivileged populations in rural northwest Ohio as well as urban settings such as Toledo, OH (only 25 minutes away) and Detroit, MI (only 75 minutes away), or at other internships of their choice.

 For more information about BGSU’s Coverdell Programs see: http://www.bgsu.edu/graduate/fellowships-scholarships-and-awards/paul-d-coverdell-peace-corps-fellows-program.html

 Visit us at our official site, Coverdell Fellows of BGSU at: http://pcf421.wix.com/pcfbgsu


Applicants for the Ph.D. program are expected to have earned an M.A. degree in an appropriate subject area, while applicants for the M.A. program are required to have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject area. All applicants are expected to have a superior academic record.  In addition to an online application at http://choose.bgsu.edu/apply/online/?graduate, degree students must submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, current GRE scores, a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and the letters of three referees.  The entire application and all materials can be submitted electronically or, if necessary, by mail or fax.  A faculty committee reviews all portfolios, and applicants are notified by late February.


Applicants for certificate programs must have completed a B.A.  In addition to an online application at  http://choose.bgsu.edu/apply/online/?graduate, prospective certificate students must submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of purpose, and letters from referees.  These can be the same materials as those used for application toward a degree.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Andrew M. Schocket

American Culture Studies
101 East Hall
Bowling Green State University , Ohio 43403