May 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Folklore Studies Minor

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Students interested in the study of folklore and folklife learn to examine and analyze traditional expressive culture in all its forms. In every society, agricultural and industrial, rural and urban, folklore is a vital part of life. Since folklore study deals with so many forms of human expression which are typically transmitted by tradition, it is connected to all disciplines that deal with literature, art, and music, as well as anthropology, psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, linguistics, design and pedagogy.

A folklore studies specialization prepares the student for graduate studies and professional involvement in such areas as preservation, archiving, teaching, curating, historical parks management, museum interests, entertainment, and storytelling.

This interdisciplinary academic minor can be attached to most liberal arts majors.

Minor Requirements (19-22 Credit Hours)

*Only 3 hours are required in FOLK 4400  that offer the following topics in directed study.

  • Appalachian African-American Lore
  • Appalachian (Regional/Written) Literature and Film
  • Archives/Collections Management
  • Arthurian Legend: Comparative Folk Literature Study
  • Children’s Folklore
  • Culture as Education
  • Ethnography and Process and Storytelling
  • Folk Arts
  • Folk Dance
  • Museum Studies
  • Rural Education
  • Traditional Folk Music, Vocal and Instrumental
  • Urban and Popular Culture
  • Vintage Clothing Preservation
  • West Virginia Literature
  • World Tale

Folklore Directed Study Electives (3 credit hours)

Please select one course from below:

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