Sample Programs

What Can You Do with Folklore? Sample Minor Programs

Here are some examples of how a folklore minor can be shaped to complement a major program. Professor Katherine Borland, the student advisor for folklore, or another folklore faculty member can help you to think creatively about your own interests.

An Allied Health major studies how communicative practices, diverse traditions, and social stereotypes influence both individual health practices and access to health care.

  • English 2270/Comp Studies 2350 Introduction to Folklore
  • Anthropology 3334 Zombies: The Anthropology of the Undead
  • English 4577.01 Folklore Groups and Communities: Ethnicity and Migration
  • English 4577.02 Folklore Genres: The Legend
  • English 4571 Studies in the English Language: Discourse Analysis
  • English 4957.02 American Regional Cultures in Transition

A Film major, interested in martial arts epics and anime, looks for background on East Asian storytelling and performance:

  • English 2270/Comparative Studies 2270 Introduction to Folklore
  • East Asian 3457 East Asian Folklore
  • Chinese 5400 Performance Traditions of China
  • Japanese 5400 Performance Traditions of Japan
  • NELC/Comparative Studies 5668 Orality and Literacy

An Anthropology major, interested in immigration to the US, explores how cultural identities are reshaped by the process:

  • English 2270/Comparative Studies 2350 Introduction to Folklore
  • Arabic 2367 The Arab American Family Immigration Saga
  • English 4577.01 Folklore Groups and Communities: Ethnicity and Migration
  • Comparative Studies 4597.03 Global Folklore
  • Comp St 693 Independent Study: work towards an honors thesis on immigrant grocery stores in Columbus

A Marketing major learns fieldwork and ethnographic writing skills:

  • English 2270/Comparative Studies 2350 Introduction to Folklore
  • English 2367.05 Folklore and the American Experience
  • Comparative Studies 4475 Studies in Ethnography: Theory and Practice in Ethnographic Fieldwork
  • Comparative Studies 5957.02 Material Culture: Cultures of Waste and Recycling (writes a term paper on conspicuous consumption among college students)
  • Comparative Studies 4597.03 Global Folklore

An International Studies major explores different cultural strategies for negotiating political conflict:

  • English 2270/Comparatie Studies 2350 Introduction to Folklore
  • Scan 2350 Norse Mythology and Medieval Culture
  • English 4577.01 Irish Folklore
  • International Studies 4800 Cultural Diplomacy
  • Comparative Studies 4597.03 Global Folklore

A Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major looks at how norms of female behavior are imposed and contested within different cultural traditions:

  • English 2270/Comparative Studies 2350 Introduction to Folklore
  • English 4577.02 Folklore Genres: The Fairy Tale
  • Comparative Studies 4597.03 Global Folklore
  • Arabic 5702 Arabic Folk Narrative in Translation
  • Comparative Studies 5957.01 Comparative Folklore: Folklore and Gender
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