Folklore retreat summer 2011. Middle row includes student Jennifer Jameson, folklorist Lucy Long, WKU graduate Meredith Martin-Moats, and student Molly Bolick. Right side, bottom row, is student Janice Crane.
The Folk Studies Program offers three degree tracks: thesis, public, and historic preservation. A Master of Arts in Education with a Folk Studies minor is also available. Students choosing the Thesis Track write an extended research monograph to complete requirements for graduation. Students in Public Folklore and Historic Preservation complete an internship, produce a portfolio of professional-level work, and take track specific courses for their degrees. All students must complete a comprehensive examination and core course requirements (genres, fieldwork, thesis, and 3 of the following: belief, American traditional music, art and technology, and narrative, plus an additional 4-5 approved elective classes) upon graduation. Students consult with their advisors to determine the most appropriate degree track for their needs and to design their individual course programs.