Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program may be completed within twelve to fifteen consecutive semesters of full-time study, depending on fieldwork requirements. The degree is normally taken by completing course work, comprehensive examinations, a language proficiency requirement, and a Ph.D. thesis, defended in accordance with GENERAL REGULATION J of the School of Graduate Studies.

1. Students must complete a minimum of 21 credit hours of coursework. If required courses have been completed at the M.A. level, electives may be substituted (with approval of the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee). The required courses are:

  1. Music 8001; 6030; and Folklore 7100.
  2. Twelve credit hours of electives selected from courses listed below or from relevant courses offered in another discipline (with the approval of the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee). Ph.D. students may take up to two courses (6 credit hours) in a cognate discipline.
  3. Reading proficiency in one language other than English, relevant to the research area, demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee. The choice of language must be approved by the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee. The language exam should normally be completed before the comprehensive exams.
  4. Further courses beyond the minimum number may be required, depending on the background and needs of the student.

2. Comprehensive examinations will be administered in a major area, minor area, and theoretical/interdisciplinary area; a component of the comprehensive examination will test audio-visual skills. Bibliographies and discographies for several focused topics will be developed by the student in consultation with his/her supervisory committee and will be the basis of examination questions. The written portion of the examination will be scheduled over a one-week period. An oral defense of the written essays will be scheduled normally within one month following the completion of the written examination. See GENERAL REGULATION H.2.

3. Students must complete a thesis, examined and defended in accordance with GENERAL REGULATION J of the School of Graduate Studies. A thesis proposal, including a working title, statement of purpose and research scope, outline of theoretical and methodological approach, working plan, and preliminary bibliography, together with proposed membership of the supervisory committee, must be submitted to the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee no later than the fifth semester of study. The thesis shall demonstrate the candidate’s ability to carry out original and independent research, develop the necessary theoretical and methodological framework, and present the findings in a scholarly manner.


Theories and Methods:
Music 6807. Video Documentary Production (Credit may be received for only one of Music 6807 and Music 7803)
Music 7001. Research Problems and Methods in Ethnomusicology
Music 7803. Radio Documentary Production (Credit may be received for only one of Music 6807 and Music 7803)
Folklore 6010. Survey of Folklore Genres and Processes
Music 8001. Theoretical Issues in the Study of Music
Folklore 6020. Field and Research Methods
Folklore 6030. Folklore Theories
Folklore 6040. Feminist Theories: Perspectives and Issues
Folklore 6080. Vernacular Theories
Folklore 6090. Ethnology
Folklore 7100. Advanced Folkloristics II: Research and Ethnography

Form and Performance:
Music 7005. Performance Option
Folklore 6100. Song and Music
Folklore 6120. Ballad
Folklore 6130. Folk Music Canons and Documentary Sound Recordings
Folklore 6200. Folktale
Folklore 6210. Legend
Folklore 6220. Personal Experience Narrative
Folklore 6250. Language and Play
Folklore 6260. Ethnography of Communications
Folklore 6300. Ethnography of Belief
Folklore 6310. Health Systems
Folklore 6350. Custom
Folklore 6360. Traditional Drama
Folklore 6400. Material Culture
Folklore 6410. Vernacular Architecture
Folklore 6420. Art and the Artifact
Folklore 6430. Food and Culture
Folklore 6720. Folklore and Literature

Area and Genre Studies:
Folklore 6120. Ballad
Folklore 6600. Folklore of Newfoundland
Folklore 6610. Folklore of Canada
Folklore 6620. Folklore of the United States
Folklore 6630. Folklore of the British Isles
Folklore 6770. The Global and the Local

Social Identities:
Music 7006. Urban Ethnomusicology
Music 7007. Music in the Study of Gender, Race, and Class
Music 7009. Music and Place
Music 7802. Music and Intercultural Processes
Folklore 6510. Occupational Folklore
Folklore 6551 Indigenous Expressive Cultures in Cross-cultural Encounter
Folklore 6730. Folklore and Gender
Folklore 6780. Ethnicities

Public and Applied Ethnomusicology and Folklore:
Music 6750. Music Industries Internship (2 cr.hrs.)
Folklore 6740. Public Sector Folklore
Folklore 6760. Archiving
Folklore 6790. Museums: Perspectives and Practices
Folklore 6800. Applied Folklore

Interdisciplinary Perspectives:
Music 7008. Media Studies
Folklore 6700. Folklore and Culture
Folklore 6710. Oral Tradition and Oral History
Folklore 6750. Popular Culture: Theory and Debate

Independent Study:
Music 7026-29. Directed Reading in Ethnomusicology
Folklore 6570-79. Reading Courses in Folklore

Special Topics:
Music 6800-6809. Special Topics in Music (Excluding Music 6807)
Music 7800-7809. Special Topics in Music (Excluding Music 7802 and Music 7803)
Folklore 6511-29. Special Topics in Folklore
Folklore 6570-79. Reading Course in Folklore


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