College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Folklore and Mythology

"Hands-on experience in the creative arts using a variety of technologies and media"

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.

Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2015-2016)

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.

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

ARTH 102 - Symbols and Stories in Art

CLAS 250 - Classical Mythology

DANC 118 - World Dance (when the topic is Afro-Cuban dance)

RELI 100 - The Human Religious Experience

RELI 211 - Religions of the West

RELI 212 - Religions of Asia

Four to five courses (12 to 15 credits) chosen from:

ANTH 427 - Historic Cemetery Survey

ANTH 450 - Qualitative Methods: Nonstatistical Approaches in Culture and Social Research

ARTH 319 - Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

ARTH 321 - Greek Art and Archaeology

ARTH 322 - Roman Art and Archaeology

ARTH 382 - Arts of India

ARTH 383 - Arts of Southeast Asia

ARTH 384 - Arts of China

ARTH 385 - Arts of Japan

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 340 - Greek and Roman Epic

CLAS 350 - Greek and Roman Tragedy

CLAS 390 - Topics in Classical Literature and Culture (when the topic is the Odyssey in film)

ENGH 315 - Folklore and Folklife

ENGH 316 - Topics in Myth and Literature

ENGH 453 - Topics in Fiction (when the topic is literary fairy tales)

ENGH 416 - Ethnicity and Migration in Folklore

ENGH 414 - Folklore of the Spirit World

ENGH 415 - Folk Arts and Folk Artists

ENGH 412 - Topics in Folklore Studies

ENGH 484 - RS: Writing Ethnography

RELI 401 - Death and the Afterlife in World Religions

At most one course (3 credits) of independent study or internship chosen from:

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

ANTH 299 - Independent Study

ANTH 495 - Internship

ARTH 393 - Art History Internships

ARTH 490 - Independent Study in Art History

ARTH 491 - Independent Study in Art History

ENGH 459 - Internship (when this is an approved internship in folklore)

ENGH 499 - Independent Study

Total: 18 credits

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

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