Folk Studies, Master of Arts (069)

FolkStudies

http://www.wku.edu/fsa


Program Coordinator

Ann K. Ferrell, ann.ferrell@wku.edu, (270) 745-5896

The study of folklore and folklife involves examination and analysis of traditional expressive culture in all its forms including verbal, musical, material, and customary. In every society, agricultural and industrial, rural and urban, folklore is a vital part of life. The discipline has close affinities with literature, anthropology, sociology, history, geography, linguistics, philosophy, ethnomusicology, and psychology.

Program Admission

Adequate undergraduate preparation in any of the above disciplines will be acceptable for admission to graduate study in folk studies. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. All applicants must submit three letters of reference, a statement of intent, and a writing sample to the department. Applicants must submit a minimum GAP score of 600.  

*GAP=(GRE-V+GRE-Q)+(GPAx100).

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (36 hours)

Plan A (Thesis Option)

This option provides advanced knowledge of the theoretical and methodological aspects of folklore and folklife. Course work will emphasize the history of the discipline, field research techniques, and surveys of various folklore genres. It is designed to prepare students for both academic and public sector professions and for further academic research.

Required Courses
FLK 577Folklore Theory 13
FLK 578Folklore Fieldwork 13
FLK 569Folklore Genres 13
FLK 561Folk Arts and Technology3
FLK 571Folk Narrative3
FLK 575Folk Belief3
Select one of the following applied courses:3
Museum Procedures and Preservation Techniques
Cultural Conservation
Folklore and Education
Public Folklore
FLK 599Thesis Research and Writing6
Electives
Select 9 hours of electives with advisor approval9
Total Hours36
1

 Must be taken in the first year.

Plan B (Public Folklore Option)

This option permits individually planned programs (with advisor) stressing those combinations of course-related research, applied skills, and writing experiences that will best prepare individuals for their personal and professional goals.

Required Courses
FLK 577Folklore Theory 13
FLK 578Folklore Fieldwork 13
FLK 569Folklore Genres 13
FLK 562Folklore and Education3
FLK 572Public Folklore3
Select two of the following genre courses:6
Folk Arts and Technology
Folk Narrative
Folk Belief
Select one of the following options:15
Thesis Option
Thesis Research and Writing (6 hours)
Select 9 hours of electives with advisor approval
Non-Thesis Option
Internship (at least 1 hour)
Capstone Course in Public Folklore
Select 14 hours of electives with advisor approval
Portfolio of professional-level work
Total Hours36
1

 Must be taken in the first year.

Plan C (Historic Preservation Option)

While firmly grounded in the folk studies curriculum, the historic preservation option introduces students to the multiple facets of historic preservation and cultural conservation theory and practice.  Internships with a variety of local, regional, and national institutions will also provide opportunity for practical work experience in historic preservation.

Required Courses
FLK 577Folklore Theory 13
FLK 578Folklore Fieldwork 13
FLK 569Folklore Genres 13
FLK 464GVernacular Architecture3
FLK 470GMuseum Procedures and Preservation Techniques3
FLK 560Cultural Conservation3
Select two of the following genre courses:6
Folk Arts and Technology
Folk Narrative
Folk Belief
Select one of the following options:12
Thesis Option
Thesis Research and Writing (6 hours)
Select 6 hours of electives with advisor approval
Non-Thesis Option
Internship (at least 1 hour)
Capstone Course in Historic Preservation
Select 11 hours of electives with advisor approval
Portfolio of professional-level work
Total Hours36
1

 Must be taken in the first year.

All students must pass a comprehensive examination based on course work and a program reading list.