Folklore is one of the concentration areas in the undergraduate English program. Students planning a focus in folklore should meet early on with a member of the folklore faculty in English (Shuman, Noyes, 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 a thesis (honors or nonhonors) and also for application to graduate school.
Visit the English Department website for more information about course requirements.