Folklore
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Undergraduate Courses

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300-Level Courses

ENGH 315: Folklore and Folklife (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Topics include folktales, personal narratives, legends, proverbs, jokes, folk songs, folk art and craft, and folk architecture. Considers ethnicity, community, family, festival, folklore in literature, and oral history. Discusses traditions in students' own lives. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 316: Topics in Myth and Literature (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Studies how traditional mythologies are reflected in English and American literature and other texts as themes, motifs, and patterns. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

400-Level Courses

ENGH 412: Topics in Folklore Studies (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Exploration of various aspects of folklore and folklife such as folklore and literature, folk arts, folk song, and material culture. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different with permission of department. May be repeated within the term.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 414: Folklore of the Spirit World (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines traditional narratives and beliefs about otherworldly experiences and beings. Introduces traditional narrative theory and discusses how people construct and tell their stories about encounters with the supernatural. Considers the conflicts, worldviews, and competing values these stories bring into material form. Focuses on traditions from around the world as well as on personal experiences of students. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 415: Folk Arts and Folk Artists (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines the traditional arts of everyday life, such as festive foods, mementos and other objects of memory, textile arts, pottery, carving in wood and stone, roadside shrines, and more. Explores the folk aesthetics of group-based creativity through the lenses of biography, history, literature, and folklore studies. Considers traditional objects as narratives in material form. Examples drawn from multiple cultures as well as traditions in students' own lives. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 416: Ethnicity and Migration in Folklore (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Explores U.S. immigration trends and the historical basis for the concepts of ethnicity, identity, and immigration in folklore scholarship, literature, film, and popular media. The course explores at least three of the following ethnic groups: Latino, Asian, Jewish, European, Arab, or African. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Independent Study

ENGH 417: RS: Topics in Folklore Research (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 Summer 2018 

Topic-based course in research methods. Students conduct advanced research in folklore studies using traditional and digital research tools and approaches. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGH 305 (3 credit) and 85 credit hours earned.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 484: RS: Writing Ethnography (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Study and practice of ethnographic writing. Students conduct ethnographic investigations and practice journal keeping, field note recording, interviewing, transcription, and interpretation. Includes introduction to current issues in ethnographic writing. Equivalent to ENGH 384.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGH 302.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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