Examples of the dominant culture in the United States include speaking English, believing in a Protestant Christian religion and having European ancestry. The dominant culture of a society establishes its mainstream social customs, language, values and religion. Specific characteristics of the dominant culture become the standard for the entire society.
The majority population of a culture generally sets the dominant culture, sometimes obtaining dominance through control. Historically, the dominant culture has often exercised control over law, communication, political processes, educational institutions, business practices and creative expression. A culture is dominant within society when that culture establishes specific behaviors or a set of rituals, values and social customs.