Folklore Studies Concentration

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

The Master of Arts in English at Mason offers students the opportunity to enhance their skills of reading, writing, research and teaching with courses that encompass the wide range of contemporary English studies. Students can work in and across concentrations in literature, professional writing, rhetoric, cultural studies, film, folklore, linguistics, and the teaching of writing and literature. It offers the MA in field-specific concentrations as well as the opportunity to combine a concentration in one field with a certificate from another one. Many students use the MA for professional enhancement, or as an entry into teaching, professional writing, or doctoral study.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

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Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 30 credits in one concentration as specified below. 

Students in the concentrations of cultural studies, linguistics, literature, and teaching of writing and literature must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a foreign language in one of the following ways: submitting an undergraduate (or continuing education) transcript that includes courses corresponding to intermediate proficiency; completing a Mason foreign language course numbered 202 or higher; passing a proficiency exam administered by the English department.

Concentration in Folklore Studies (FLKS)

Core Courses  
FOLK 501 Advanced Introduction to Folklore and Folklife 3
FOLK 510 Folklore and Ethnographic Research Methods 3
FOLK 601 Folklore Theory and History 3
Required Courses  
FOLK 550 Topics in Public and Applied Folklore 3
FOLK 560 Topics in Genre and Theory 3
FOLK 570 Topics in Regional Folklore Studies 3
Electives  
Choose 6 credits from the following. These topics courses can be repeated for credit when topic differs from the topic taken to meet the required course requirement above. 6
Topics in Public and Applied Folklore  
Topics in Genre and Theory  
Topics in Regional Folklore Studies  
Courses outside of FOLK when topic is related and with approval of graduate director.
 
Experiential Learning  
FOLK 690 Field School for Cultural Documentation 3
or FOLK 699 Internship
Capstone  
FOLK 790 Project 3
or FOLK 799 Thesis
Total Credits 30