Folkore in English
It is expected that in Fall 2014 the English major requirements will change to include an upper-level concentration area, of which Folklore will be one. Until then, a concentration in folklore courses will not appear on your transcript, but it is something that can be highlighted in your letters of recommendation. Students planning a focus in folklore should meet early on with a member of the folklore faculty in English (Shuman, Noyes, Cashman, Kaplan, Modan) in order to discuss how to integrate folklore coursework with other courses in the major. For example, a student might combine an interest in ballad and folksong with courses in Romantic poetry; an interest in folklore and politics with courses in Rhetoric; an interest in oral narrative with courses in medieval literature; an interest in legend with courses in film or the Gothic novel; an interest in immigrant and ethnic folklore with courses in ethnic literatures. Crossover work of this kind would be excellent preparation for an honors thesis and also for application to graduate school.