Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduates may minor in Folklore or major in American Studies with a Concentration in Folklore.

Students who major or minor in Folklore explore the variety and significance of vernacular and traditional cultural expression, learn techniques for conducting their own ethnographic field research, and embark upon projects to document and analyze the informal expressive forms–from music, narrative, and craft to festival, food, and architecture–in which communities manifest their skills and values.

Minoring in Folklore (new requirements–for those who elect the minor in Fall 2013 or later)

The undergraduate minor in folklore consists of five courses:

• Introduction: ANTH/ENGL/FOLK 202
• Three core content courses from the following list: AAAD 432/FOLK 610; AMST 266, 275, 340, 350, 466, 482, 484, 485, 489; AMST/FOLK 375; AMST/JWST 486; AMST/JWST/WMST 253; ANTH/FOLK 340, 675; ANTH/FOLK/LING 484; COMM/FOLK/HIST/WMST 562; ENGL/FOLK 487; FOLK 550, 560, 690; FOLK/HIST 571, 670; HIST 671; MUSC 144
• One ethnographic intensive course from the following list (the same course may not be taken to satisfy two different minor requirements): AAAD 432/FOLK 610; AMST 275, 350, 466, 482; ANTH 477; ANTH/FOLK 675; ANTH/FOLK/LING 484; ENGL/FOLK 487; FOLK 550; FOLK/HIST 571; WMST 230 (AMST 397 or FOLK 690 may be counted if appropriate with permission of the director of undergraduate studies.)

Minoring in Folklore (old requirements–those who chose the minor in Spring 2013 or earlier may follow the old requirements or opt for the new requirements, above)

The (old) undergraduate minor in Folklore consists of five three-hour courses, as specified in the categories listed below:
  1. FOLK 202 Introduction to Folklore
  2. Two courses on genre from: FOLK 334, 375, 470, 484, 487, 502, 550, 560, 571,585, 610; ANTH 147, 151; MUSC 144, 145, 146, 147
  3. One course on community from: FOLK 130, 230, 340, 342, 488, 587, 589, 684; ANTH 142, 155, 205, 226, 234; MUSC 240
  4. One course on theory from: FOLK 323, 428, 429, 435, 454, 455, 473, 525, 537, 562, 565, 670, 675, 688; ANTH 120

B.A. Major in American Studies: Folklore Concentration

Core Requirements

The major in American studies with a concentration in folklore consists of nine courses.

• Introduction: ANTH/ENGL/FOLK 202
• Four core content courses from the following list: AAAD 432/FOLK 610; AMST 266, 275, 340, 350, 466, 482, 484, 485, 489; AMST/FOLK 375; AMST/JWST 486; AMST/JWST/WMST 253; ANTH/FOLK 340, 675; ANTH/FOLK/LING 484; COMM/FOLK/HIST/WMST 562; ENGL/FOLK 487; FOLK 550, 560, 690; FOLK/HIST 571, 670; HIST 671; MUSC 144
• Two ethnographic intensive courses from the following list (the same course may not be taken to satisfy two different concentration requirements): AAAD 432/FOLK 610; AMST 275, 350, 466, 482; ANTH 477; ANTH/FOLK 675; ANTH/FOLK/LING 484; ENGL/FOLK 487; FOLK 550; FOLK/HIST 571; WMST 230. (AMST 397 or FOLK 690 may be counted if appropriate with the permission of the director of undergraduate studies.)
• Two other AMST courses numbered 101 or above

From time to time, current or visiting faculty will offer additional Folklore courses not listed here.  The Program will post these to the semester’s course listing and will determine–on a course-by-course basis–which requirements each will fill.

Patricia Sawin, Coordinator of the Folklore Program, serves as the advisor for majors and minors.