Decaroli, Fraser (co-coordinator), Fuchs, Hoffman, Johnsen-Neshati, Lin, Mattusch (co-coordinator), Rutledge, Shiner, Lattanzi Shutika, Todd, Winkler
Stories told in both sacred and secular contexts, along with festivals, foods, music, material objects, and other traditional art forms, continue to influence our lives. This interdisciplinary minor offers students tools to explore the compelling meanings within these seemingly simple, everyday cultural texts, and helps them become more aware of the ways these texts are used by individuals and institutions for various goals. Students study folklore and mythology by juxtaposing the multiple viewpoints of anthropology, art history, classical studies, literary studies, and religious studies.
This is an interdisciplinary minor offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
For policies governing all minors, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.
Students pursuing this minor must complete 18 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor. A course used to fulfill the 3 credits of literature required for Mason Core may not also be applied to the minor. To avoid duplication of courses, English majors who choose the folklore and mythology interdisciplinary minor may not select the English Department's folklore, mythology, and literature concentration.
DANC 118 - World Dance (when the topic is Afro-Cuban dance)
ARTH 399 - Special Topics in the History of Art (when the topic is Medieval Irish art and culture)
ARTH 482 - Advanced Studies in Asian Art (when the topic is monuments and memory)
CLAS 390 - Topics in Classical Literature and Culture (when the topic is the Odyssey in film)
ENGH 453 - Topics in Fiction (when the topic is literary fairy tales)
Summer field work schools offered by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress or other institution approved by faculty and taken for credit
ENGH 459 - Internship (when this is an approved internship in folklore)
Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.