Graduate Certificate in Folklore Studies

Catalog Year: 2020-2021

The certificate in folklore studies enables students to explore the processes of tradition that move through multiple expressive forms, such as folktales, folk beliefs, folk medicine, folk art, folksong, and literature. A discipline based on ethnographic fieldwork, folklore studies offers students a chance to work in communities and collect living traditional materials that are critical to human identity and values. Interdisciplinary by nature, folklore thrives on local particularities as well as compelling global connections.

This certificate prepares students for careers in cultural agencies, governmental organizations, and teaching institutions, and advanced study in folklore and in the humanities.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 18

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Core Courses

Pathways to Folklore Scholarship

ENGH 681 Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies 1 3
Total Credits 3

Required Courses

Select three courses from the following: 9
Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature 1  
Topics in Folk Narrative 1  
Topics in Folklore Studies 1  
Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies 1  
Directed Reading and Research  
Ethnographic Genres  
Total Credits 9

Research Course

Select one research course from the following: 3
Research in English Studies  
Topics in Folklore Studies 1  
The Study and Writing of History  
Qualitative Research Methods  
Total Credits 3


Select 3 credits of a relevant elective with the prior written approval of the director. 3
Total Credits 3