College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Folklore Studies

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.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Certificate Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

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

Pathways to Folklore Scholarship (3 credits)

ENGH 681 - Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies Credits: 3(when topic is Pathways to Folklore Scholarship)

Three courses (9 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

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