College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Investigating Communities

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Folklore students Hannah Wing and Kerry Kaleba conduct an interview as part of the Arlington Cemetery Field School

The Folklore Studies program offers unique educational opportunities to our students.  Many folklore students participate in the Field School For Cultural Documentation, the nation’s premier ethnographic training program, offered in collaboration with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.  Students are trained to complete a professional ethnographic project and work in investigative teams to document a local community.  In 2013 students documented the work culture and traditions of Arlington National Cemetery. Students have also documented the multiethnic suburbs in Arlington, Virginia and the culture of tourism in Morgan County, West Virginia.  All folklore students, including those pursuing a minor in Folklore, Mythology and Literature, develop ethnographic research skills, which are useful for many professional fields.

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