Public Folklore Option
Jennifer Jameson and Molly Bolick on a narrative stage during the
Horse Cave Heritage Festival in 2011. Photo from Jennifer Jameson.
This program requires an internship as well as course work. It also permits individually planned programs (with advisor) stressing those combinations of course-related research, "hands on" skills, and writing experiences that will best prepare individuals for their personal and professional goals.
Plan B requires 36 hours of course work plus the research tool. Specific requirements include FLK 569 (Folklore Genres), FLK 577 (Folklore Theory), and FLK 578 (Folklore Fieldwork), (to be taken in the student's first year); and three of the following core courses: FLK 561 (Folk Arts and Technology), FLK 571 (Folk Narrative), FLK 575 (Folk Belief), or FLK 576 (American Tradition Music). In addition, FLK 562 (Folklore and Education), FLK 572 (Public Folklore), FLK 589 (Internship), and 9-12 hours of electives are required. Electives may be chosen from the following: FLK 462G (Folklore & Medicine), FLK 470G (Museum Procedures/Preservation Techniques), FLK 560 (Cultural Conservation), or other electives chosen with the advisor's approval (hours depend on whether FLK 578 (Folklore Fieldwork) is used as the research tool).
The research tool requirement may be met by demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language or by completing FLK 578 and taking an additional folklore course. The student must also pass a comprehensive written examination based on course work and a program reading list and submit a web portfolio of professional-level work for the degree.