College of Humanities and Social Sciences


The certificate in folklore studies enables students to explore the processes of tradition that move through multiple expressive forms, such as folktales, folk beliefs, folk medicine, folk art, folksong, and literature. A discipline based on ethnographic fieldwork, folklore studies offers students a chance to work in communities and collect living traditional materials that are critical to human identity and values. Interdisciplinary by nature, folklore thrives on local particularities as well as compelling global connections.

This certificate prepares students for careers in cultural agencies, governmental organizations, and teaching institutions, and advanced study in folklore and in the humanities.

The graduate certificate in folklore studies may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

Certificate Requirements (Catalog Year 2014-2015)

In addition to meeting the following requirements for this certificate, students must meet the university requirements for all graduate certificates.

The topics courses ENGH 526, 590, 591, and 681 may be repeated for credit when the subtitles are different.

12 credits chosen from:

ENGH 590 - Topics in Folk Narrative Credits: 3
ENGH 591 - Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3
ENGH 681 - Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3
ENGH 526 - Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature Credits: 3
ENGH 798 - Directed Reading and Research Credits: 1-6
ANTH 750 - Ethnographic Genres Credits: 3

One research course (3 credits) chosen from:

ENGH 701 - Research in English Studies Credits: 3
HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History Credits: 3
SOCI 634 - Qualitative Research Methods Credits: 3

One elective course (3 credits)

Students choose a relevant elective with the prior written approval of the director.

Total: 18 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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