Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology

http://www.wku.edu/fsa

Darlene Applegate, Department Head
Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center 237
(270) 745-6549
folkstudies@wku.edu

Degree(s)

Certificate Program(s)

Faculty

Associate Professor

Darlene A. Applegate, PhD (Anthropology), The Ohio State University Main Campus, 1997

Timothy H. Evans, PhD (American Studies, Folklore), Indiana University at Bloomington, 1995

Ann K. Ferrell, PhD (English), The Ohio State University Main Campus, 2009

Jean-Luc Houle, PhD (Anthropology, Archeology), University of Pitts Pittsburgh Camp, 2010

Kathryn A. Hudepohl, PhD (Anthropology), Tulane University, 2002

Assistant Professor

Tim W. Frandy, PhD (Scandinavian Studies, Folklore), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013

Kate G. Horigan, PhD (English, Interdisciplinary Specialization in Folklore), The Ohio State University Main Campus, 2013

Angie A. Stinnett, PhD, University of Arizona, 2014

Clinical Assistant Professor

Brent A. Bjorkman, MA (Folk Studies), Western Kentucky University, 1998


Anthropology Courses

ANTH 432G   Field Course in Archaeology    1-9 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Includes archaeological survey, site mapping, artifact recovery, recording, and cataloging. Work is usually conducted on prehistoric Indian sites. The number of credit hours will be determined in consultation with instructor.
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 130 or consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ANTH 434G   Graveyard Archeology    3 Hours

Application of archaeological methods in the documentation of historic graveyards, emphasizing legal mandates, formation processes, subsurface prospecting, remote sensing, mapping and headstone recording. Travel to field site required.
Course Fee: $10
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ANTH 436G   Applied Archaeology    3 Hours

Examines contract archaeology and public archaeology within the context of cultural resource management, emphasizing legal mandates, field methods, public education programs, and ethical considerations.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ANTH 448G   Visual Anthropology    3 Hours

This course examines photography and film as tools and products of cross-cultural research with special emphasis on cultural and political biases presented through visual means.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2017

ANTH 449G   Ethnographic Video Production    3 Hours

Video production as a research methodology in anthropology. Practical exercises and collaborative student projects. Students will produce their own short ethnographic videos. Explores practices of representing cultures through video. This course will involve a small lab fee.
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 448G or Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

ANTH 493G   Archaeology Stewardship    3 Hours

Field monitoring of local archaeological sites threatened by cultural and natural formation processes. Travel to field sites required.
Pre-requisites: Permission of instructor, ANTH 130, 6 additional credits in anthropology and graduate standing.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ANTH 495G   Directed Study    1-4 Hours (repeatable max of 8 hrs)

Available to superior students who wish to conduct individual, intensive reading and research in specific area of anthropology in close cooperation with supervising faculty. Submission of such projects to student sections of regional professional meetings is encouraged. Number of credit hours will be determined in consultation with instructor.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

Folk Studies Courses

FLK 410G   African American Music    3 Hours

A survey of selected musical styles created and developed by African Americans from the 17th to the 20th century: spirituals, blues, popular music forms (e.g. soul, reggae, rap music). Emphasis will be placed on the historical factors and socio-cultural trends that influenced the development of African-American music.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015

FLK 445G   American Architectural History    3 Hours

An interdisciplinary survey of American architectural history, including trends and styles, architect designed and manufactured structures and elements, and the social history of American architecture.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015

FLK 462G   Folklore and Medicine    3 Hours

Examines the role of traditional culture in shaping attitudes and behavior related to sickness, health, and healing. Institutional, alternative, and informal medical settings are discussed.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FLK 464G   Vernacular Architecture    3 Hours

The forms, functions, and styles of buildings constructed according to custom from local materials to meet individual and cultural preferences.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

FLK 470G   Museum Procedures and Preservation Techniques    3 Hours

Essential aspects of museums and of preservation, i.e., collecting, preserving, researching, exhibiting, and interpreting material culture.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; spring 2017

FLK 478G   Folklore and Literature    3 Hours

Readings in world literature from the Bible to the modern novel and examination of the degree to which oral literature has affected origins and development of written literature.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

FLK 480G   Women's Folklife    3 Hours

The various images and roles of women in the U.S. and selected world cultures as reflected in folklife materials such as narratives, beliefs, ballads, rhymes, games, customs, and folk arts.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2017

FLK 560   Cultural Conservation    3 Hours

Survey of the history, organization, development, and major issues of cultural conservation, specifically as they relate to folklife and the built environment.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2017

FLK 561   Folk Arts and Technology    3 Hours

Examination of the study of material folk culture from various methodological and theoretical perspectives, including artifactual analysis, design theory and ethnoaesthetics.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

FLK 562   Folklore and Education    3 Hours

Methods, theories, skills and resources for teaching folklore, with an emphasis on the K-12 curriculum. Teaching, teacher training, preparation of guides, lesson plans and curricula, and multiculturalism will be covered.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2017

FLK 569   Folklore Genres    3 Hours

An examination of the oral, customary, and material culture genres of folklore, and the theories and methods of genre studies.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

FLK 571   Folk Narrative    3 Hours

A survey of narrative genres of folklore and relevant scholarship.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016

FLK 572   Public Folklore    3 Hours

History, methods, and issues of public folklore.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

FLK 575   Folk Belief    3 Hours

An examination of vernacular belief systems and practices, including folk religion, alternative and folk healing, divination, ritual, legend, and myth. Current historical, philosophical, anthropological, and folkloristic theories will be covered.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2017

FLK 576   American Traditional Music    3 Hours

An examination of diverse forms of traditional American musical expression.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

FLK 577   Folklore Theory    3 Hours

Folklore scholarship, its historical development, and its principal bibliographical materials.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

FLK 578   Folklore Fieldwork    3 Hours

Examination of methodological issues and techniques in folklore fieldwork.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

FLK 579   Independent Study Folklore    3 Hours

Supervised individual study under the direction of a member of the folklore graduate faculty.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015

FLK 580   Folklore Conversation and Communication    3 Hours

Forms of folklore which occur within a conversational stream. Expressive culture as a particular culture-specific mode of communication.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FLK 585   Topics in Folklore    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Topics of current interest in the field. Content varies according to the instructor and needs of the students.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; spring 2016; winter 2017; fall 2017

FLK 586   Capstone Course in Historic Preservation    1-3 Hours

Capstone course for students seeking careers in historic preservation/museum work. Application of acquired theory and practice in developing a single project in historic preservation or museum work.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

FLK 587   Capstone Course in Public Folklore    1-3 Hours

Capstone course for students seeking careers in public folklore. Application of acquired theory and practice in developing a single project in public folklore.
Prerequisite(s): FLK 572 and Permission of Instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; spring 2016

FLK 589   Internship    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Supervised work situation with cooperating business, industry, social or governmental agency, emphasizing application of advanced knowledge and skills in folk studies.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

FLK 599   Thesis Research and Writing    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Master's thesis in folk studies.
Prerequisite(s): Open only to candidates for the M.A. degree in folk studies who are engaged in thesis writing.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

FLK 600   Maintaining Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2017

FLK 760   Public Policy and Cultural Heritage    3 Hours

Examines key issues at the intersection of public policy and cultural heritage with an emphasis on case studies and models for addressing these issues from an applied folklore perspective.
Prerequisite(s): FLK 560 or Equivalent and Enrollment in Doctor of Professional Studies, Folklore Practice Program.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FLK 765   Leadership Seminar in Applied Folklore    3 Hours

Enrollment in Doctor of Folklore Practice Program. Examination of history and current state of leadership practice in applied folklore with emphasis on case studies and the development of mentoring relationship with senior folklorists.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FLK 772   Folklore and Public Practice    3 Hours

Explores the various dimensions of folklore and public practice at an advanced level, including the examination of specific case studies and the application of knowledge to specific student-development projects.
Prerequisite(s): FLK 572 or Equivalent, Enrollment in Doctor of Professional Studies, Folklore Practice Program.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FLK 775   Activism and Politics in Applied Folklore    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Enrollment in Doctor of Professional Studies, Folklore Practice Program. Investigates the uses of folklore in historical and contemporary political and social activism.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FLK 778   Advanced Folklore Fieldwork and Research Methods    3 Hours

Advanced examination of historical and contemporary theory and practice of ethnographic fieldwork.
Prerequisite(s): FLK 578 or Equivalent.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FLK 785   Topics in Applied Folklore    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Enrollment in Doctor of Professional Studies, Folklore Practice Program. Topics of current interest in applied folklore. Content varies according to the instructor and needs of the students.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FLK 789   Practicum in Applied Folklore    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Enrollment in Doctoral Program in Folklore Practice. Supervised professional experience in Applied Folklore.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FLK 799   Dissertation Research    1-9 Hours

Admission to candidacy to Doctor in Professional Studies, Folklore Practice Program and completion of qualifying exams. Research undertaken to complete requirements for Doctor of Folklore Practice.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FLK 800   Maintain Matriculation    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Completion of dissertation credit hours for Doctor of Professional Studies, Folklore Practice and advisor permission. Course enrollment requirement during completion of dissertation.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: None