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Folklore Studies

Mason's Folklore Studies Program is a leading center for the study of vernacular cultures and the historical, cultural and social context in which these cultures are rooted.  The program has a distinguished 35-year history that offers students of all levels opportunities to study the broad range of human expression including narrative, dance, material culture, verbal art, cultural performances, foodways, and sense of place.  Our diverse course offerings provide theoretical and historical grounding in the study of folklore with a strong emphasis in writing and ethnographic research methods.