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Where to Study Folklore in the US and Canada

Folklorists teach, carry out research, and provide community service at many universities in the US, Canada, and abroad. They teach undergraduate and graduate courses on all kinds on folklore, from introductory classes to specialized seminars; carry out library and field research in all areas of folklore throughout the world; organize and archive their own and others' documentary materials; deliver lectures and talks both on and off campus; publish papers, articles, and books to communicate what they have learned about folklore; and work (again, both on and off campus) to support their field.

A number of universities have folklore departments, programs, or centers that offer coursework in folklore leading to PhD or MA degrees, or BA-level majors or minors. Since many faculty and students at these programs do fieldwork in the regions where their university is located, these programs can also be good sources for information about local folk traditions.

To begin to learn about these folklore departments, programs, and centers, please click on the links below to connect to their web sites. Remember, though, that in planning your education a web search is not enough; you should follow up by making personal contact with faculty members and department administrators to learn the specific circumstances, strengths, and opportunities of the departments that interest you. Remember, too, that folklorists teach folklore courses at many universities that do not offer undergraduates majors or minors, or graduate degrees--check your university's web site for details.

Universities with PhD Programs in Folklore

The George Washington University
Indiana University

Memorial University of Newfoundland
The Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
Université Laval
University of Alberta

University of California at Berkeley
University of California at Los Angeles
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Missouri
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Oregon
University of Texas at Austin
University of Wisconsin

Universities with MA Programs in Folklore

George Mason University
The George Washington University
Georgia State University
Goucher College
Indiana University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
The Ohio State University
Texas A&M University
Université Laval
University of Alberta

University of California at Berkeley
University of California at Los Angeles
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Missouri
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Oregon
University of Texas at Austin
Utah State University
Western Kentucky University

Universities with Undergraduate Majors, Minors, and Concentrations in Folklore

Arkansas State University

George Mason University

Cape Breton University

George Washington University

Georgia State University

Harvard University

Idaho State University

Indiana University

Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Ohio State University

University of Alberta

University of Hawai’i at Manoa

University of Kentucky

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Oregon

University of Southern California

University of Sudbury/Université de Sudbury

University of Wisconsin

Western Kentucky University




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