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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our program is following the University’s Return to Campus Plan for fall term. Staff will be working remotely, and the program’s office will be closed. Please see our web pages for more information about courses and our degree programs. Questions may be emailed to

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Prospective Graduate Students: Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the Folklore and Public Culture master’s degree at the University of Oregon. Please click here for information about the application process.

Welcome to the homepage of the Folklore and Public Culture Program at the University of Oregon. The Folklore and Public Culture Program is one of a few major centers of folkloristic research in the United States. With more than thirty core and participating faculty, the program provides an interdisciplinary approach to an undergraduate major and minor as well as a Master’s Degree, allowing students to create a focused course of study in their areas of interest. Participants in the Folklore and Public Culture Program use theoretical analyses, research methods, and fieldwork techniques to study the ways tradition continues to enrich human behavior throughout the world. Participants examine the historical, cultural, social, and psychological dimensions of expressive forms such as mythology, legend, folktale, music, dance, art, belief, food, ritual, and ceremony. Students will gain fresh perspectives on the ethnic, regional, occupational, gender, and other identities of individuals in specific communities.

Students, faculty, and staff associated with Folklore and Public Culture are committed to learning, working, and living in an environment free of discrimination and hate. We take responsibility for maintaining an environment free of prohibited harassment and discrimination. Resources are readily available on campus for all students, faculty, and staff:

Martha Bayless, Folklore and Public Culture Director, Featured in “Around the O”

UO English professor, and Folklore and Public Culture Program Director, Martha Bayless is featured in a new story in “AroundtheO”. Click the link below to read the article.

UO professor is making history, and meals, in the kitchen

Prof. Bayless points to “humanity’s historical relationship with cooking as an inspiration for people facing the chore of making 28 meals per week at home, with restaurants and takeout limited during the coronavirus outbreak. Cooking used to be a more social endeavor than it is today, she said, which helped reduce the kind of fatigue and


Summer Term Courses

Summer is coming, and the UO Folklore and Public Culture Program is offering great courses for undergraduates!

Summer Registration is Ongoing.

Check out these online classes.

Novels, music, dance, dress, paintings, films, and cartoons serve as a primary sources from which to learn about the diversity and vivacity of contemporary African peoples. Fulfills A&L requirement, IC & GP multicultural requirements. Introduces modern US folklore, including popular narratives, legends, rituals, ethnic and gender stereotypes, carnivalesque events, fan ...

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