American studies is an interdisciplinary field that views the American experience through the study of history, literature, and the arts. Drawing on faculty members from various departments who are versed in the theories and methods of literary criticism, historiography, anthropology, folklore, musicology, art history, and ethnic and gender studies, the Brooklyn College American studies program explores the history and culture of the United States through the lenses of a variety of disciplines. Courses vary from those probing such crucial historical periods as the Frontier era, the Depression, and the 1960s, to those focusing on the study of such expressive genres as immigrant literature, folklore, popular culture, and musical performance. The program’s diverse, interdisciplinary approach is based on the assumption that the American studies student is interested not simply in the literature of the United States, but in how that literature relates to American music, art, film, history, and religion and in how these influences collectively reflect and shape national attitudes and values. Additional information on the American Studies program can be found by linking here.