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Studies in Folklore

The Folklore Program at the University of Oregon is one of a few major centers of folkloristic research in the United States. With more than thirty participating faculty, our program provides an interdisciplinary approach to a Masters Degree, allowing students to create a focused course of study in their areas of interest.

The Folklore Program offers perspectives on ethnic, regional, occupational, gender, and other traditional identities of individuals in specific societies. Students study the extent to which tradition continues to enrich and express the dynamics of human behavior throughout the world. Folklore courses examine the historical, cultural, social, and psychological dimensions of such expressive forms as mythology, legend, folktale, music, dance, art, belief, foodways, ritual, and ceremony.

Theoretical analyses, research methods, and fieldwork techniques are integral parts of the program’s curriculum. Graduate courses cover an extensive range of interdisciplinary topics: cultural heritage, ethnicity, subcultures, popular culture, performance, gender, film, religion, community arts administration, local culture, and issues of diversity and globalization.

Folklore graduates work in various public and private agencies as educators, archivists, editors, arts and humanities consultants, museum curators, festival planners, and more.

UO Offers New Folklore Undergraduate Degree!

The Folklore Program at the University of Oregon is excited to announce its new undergraduate program, which now includes a major and a minor in Folklore Studies. Theoretical analyses, research methods, and fieldwork techniques provide students with comprehensive training in the documentation and interpretation of traditional arts and expressive cultural practices in the United States and abroad.

To learn more about the new UO Folklore major, please visit our webpage.

Read an article about the Folklore major.

In addition to the undergraduate major and minor in Folklore, the UO’s Folklore Program has introduced two new tracks to its existing graduate Master’s degree program. The General Folklore Track offers students a strong foundation in Folklore Studies while also allowing them to take elective courses in their areas of focus, such as anthropology, arts and administration, English, comparative literature, and music. The Public Folklore Track prepares students who plan to work in the public sphere by building professional skills such as ethnographic research, documentation, grant writing, administration, and programming. For more information about graduate studies in Folklore at the University of Oregon, please visit our: Graduate Studies page.

UO Digital Project Manager Sheila Rabun

Sheila Rabun

I enrolled in the Folklore Master’s program at the University of Oregon (UO) in the fall of 2009, having taken a year off from school after graduating with a BA in Communication from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. I was enjoying grad school, but I had to re-think my career plan, and at this point, I had no idea what I really wanted to do with my Folklore degree.

For more, read the story in the News section.


JeneeResearch on Science Fiction and Bisexuality wins Recognition, Funding

Jenée Wilde, a PhD candidate in English and Folklore, has received the 2014-15 Jane Grant Dissertation Fellowship for her interdisciplinary research project on bisexual representation, science fiction, and the overlaps among bisexual and fan communities.


2013 Oregon Folklife Network Update