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Minor Courses

Undergraduate Course offerings in Folk Studies

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INTRO FOLK STUDIES FLK 276 3 credits

An introduction to the study of folk tradition in different contexts, focusing on the concepts of folk group, cultural relativism, fieldwork, meaning and function, and the genres of folk narrative, folksong, folk custom and traditional material culture.


INTRO TO WORLD FOLK MUSIC FLK 277 3 credits

A cultural and functional analysis of traditional musical genres developed in world areas: Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Emphasis will be placed on musical styles, performance practices, aesthetics, and instruments. Cross-listed with ANTH 277.


CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US FLK 280 3 credits

Understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the multicultural nature of American society. Emphasis on the varieties of cultural expression, custom and world view practiced by regional, ethnic, racial and sectarian cultures.


ROOTS OF SOUTHERN CULTURE FLK 281 3 credits

Examination of Southern folklore and folklife as part of the foundation of contemporary Southern culture.


COMMUNITY TRADITIONS and GLOBAL CORPORATE CULTURE FLK 310 3 credits

Multicultural study of community traditions and corporate culture in the global world.


PEOPLE/CULTURE LATIN AM FLK 340 3 credits

Study of the history and development of present cultures in Latin America with emphasis on economics, politics, religion, folklife and world view of indigenous, peasant and urban peoples.


PEOPLES/CULTURES CARIBBEAN FLK 342 3 credits

Examination of the variety of cultural practices and social conditions found in modern-day Caribbean societies with attention to historical roots. Topics include, but are not limited to, definition of the region, religious practices, festivals, musical traditions, migration and everyday social life and conditions.


NATIVE AMERICANS FLK 345 3 credits

Survey of the cultures of the original peoples of North America, with emphasis on the ethnographic present. Cross-listed with ANTH 345.


PEOPLES and CULTURES OF AFRICA FLK 350 3 credits

Survey of the cultures of Africa, with emphasis on historical development and contemporary cultural diversity.


URBAN FOLKLORE FLK 371 3 credits

Varieties and characteristics of urban American folklore with emphasis on legends, customs, beliefs, and other lore of today's regional, occupational, and ethnic groups.


FOLKLORE AND THE MEDIA FLK 373 3 credits

Variety and characteristics of folklore in the media including newspapers, television, magazines, comics, movies, photographs, cartoons, and advertisements.


SUPERNATURAL FOLKLORE FLK 375 3 credits

An investigation of traditional beliefs concerning unverifiable phenomena, including superstition, traditional healing, divination, and witchcraft. Current historical, philosophical, anthropological and folkloristic theories are covered.


AFRICAN-AMERICAN FOLKLORE FLK 377 3 credits

Oral, written, and material folk traditions of African-Americans, with emphasis on the United States and the Caribbean.


SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN FOLKLORE FLK 378 3 credits

Folklife of southern Appalachia, as reflected in the material folk culture, in traditional folk customs and practices, legends, anecdotes, songs, language, and literature. Cross-listed with ANTH 378.


TOPICS IN FOLKLORE FLK 379 3 credits

A consideration of special topics to acquaint students with significant problems and current issues in folklore. Content will vary from time to time according to the instructor and the needs of the students.


EUROPEAN FOLKLIFE FLK 380 3 credits

An ethnological survey of the historical background and contemporary presence of regional cultures in Europe. Emphasis on the relationship between traditional folklife and art, music, literature, and custom.


FIELD METHODS IN ETHNOGRAPHY FLK 399 3 credits

An examination of the history, theory, techniques, and ethics of ethnographic fieldwork, including practical fieldwork experience. Cross-listed with ANTH 399.


ETHNOMUSICOLOGY FLK 400 3 credits

Survey of the concepts and methods of ethnomusicology. Topics include history of ethnomusicology, transcription and analysis, musicians, musical instruments, music acculturation, and the functions of music in society. Cross-listed with ANTH 400.


AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC FLK 410 3 credits

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. Cross-listed with ANTH 410.


AM INDIAN/FIRST NATIONS MUSIC FLK 411 3 credits

Prerequisites: ANTH 400FLK 400, ANTH 345/FLK 345, or ANTH 277/FLK 277.crlfSurvey of American Indian/First Nations music. Emphasis will be placed on the study of musical styles and the historical factors and socio-cultural contexts that influenced American Indian/First Nations music. Cross-listed with ANTH 411.


HISTORIC PRESERVATION FLK 434 3 credits

(See Department of Geography and Geology.)


AMERICAN ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY FLK 445 3 credits

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.


RESTORATION OF HIST INTERIORS FLK 446 3 credits

(See Department of Consumer and Family Sciences.)


HIST ARCHITECTURE INTERIORS FLK 447 3 credits

(See Department of Consumer and Family Sciences.)


FOLKLORE AND MEDICINE FLK 462 3 credits

This course 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. (cross-listed with Public Health, PH 462.)


VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE FLK 464 3 credits

The forms, functions, and styles of buildings constructed according to custom from local materials to meet individual and cultural preferences.


MUSEUM PROC/PRESERVATION TECH FLK 470 3 credits

Essential aspects of museums and of preservation, i.e., collecting, preserving, researching, exhibiting, and interpreting material culture. Cross-listed with ANTH 470.


FOLK ART/TECHNOLOGY FLK 477 3 credits

Folklife research in selected world culture groups, with emphasis on folk crafts, technology, and architecture in the United States prior to their absorption into industrialization. Special reference to northwest European antecedents, sources, and parallels. Cross-listed with ANTH 477.


FOLKLORE and LITERATURE FLK 478 3 credits

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.


INDEPENDENT STUDY FOLKLORE FLK 479 3 credits

Supervised individual study directed by a member of the Folk Studies faculty. (course pass required)


WOMEN'S FOLKLIFE FLK 480 3 credits

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.


INTERNSHIP IN FOLK STUDIES FLK 489 3 credits

Practical out-of-classroom experience in a supervised work situation with a cooperating business, industry, social or governmental agency emphasizing application of advanced knowledge and skills in folk studies. (course pass required).

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