For Current Students

The Department of Folklore offers three routes to the master's degree in Folklore:

The Department also offeres a doctoral degree in Folklore with courses, comps, and thesis:

There are often career reasons why a student will choose one or another of these routes. The department treats each route as an equivalent.

Folklore graduate courses: Winter 2023

For additional course infomation such as slot, room number, and instructor, see our upcoming courses database. 

Issues in Oral Literature and Performance (FOLK 6060)

Course description forthcoming.

Instructor: Dr. Berger

Food and Culture (FOLK 6430)

The term “foodways” embraces a variety of traditions which focus on dietary practices as well as the preparation and allocation of food. This course will explore historical and contemporary approaches to the supply, storage, preparation and serving of food looking, from both a practical and theoretical perspective, at the whole range of cookery and food habits – from the acquisition of raw materials to the allocating of portions. In terms of the acquisition of food, the course will explore the role of basic domestic food production, as well as the development of wholesale and retail markets and shops. In the area of food storage and preparation, the course will examine the effects which the development of “domestic technology” has had on traditional foodways. The course will cover such issues as the uses and functions of food, etiquette and manners, the rationing of food during famine and war, and the social and sensory dimensions of eating – including food preferences and avoidances. Aligned to these issues, the practical and symbolic use of food in both the home and the community at large will be considered.

Instructor: Dr. Gould

Museums: Perspectives and Practice (FOLK 6790)

This course will review and analyze the role of folklore methods and scholarships in the development of museums as well as historic representation of the folk and folklore. Examples of museum interpretations of ethnicity, gender and ageism will help students to explore ways in which the past is presented to and received by visitors. The course will focus on themes of cultural interpretation and their relationship to tourism. Students will learn to evaluate museum practice and its limitations from a folkloristic perspective.

Instructor: Dr. Totten

Advanced Folkloristics I (FOLK 7000)

Course description forthcoming.

Instructor: Dr. Totten