Major in Folklore
Minor in Folklore
Professor John H. McDowell
Richard Bauman, Linda Dégh (Emerita)
Ilhan Basgöz (Emeritus, Central Eurasian Studies), Mary Ellen Brown, Hasan El-Shamy, William Hansen (Classical Studies), Roger L. Janelli, Portia Maultsby, Ruth M. Stone, William Wiggins, Jr. (Afro-American Studies)
Mellonee Burnim, Sandra K. Dolby, Gloria Gibson, John W. Johnson, Iris Rosa (Afro-American Studies), Gregory Schrempp, Beverly J. Stoltje
Candida Jaquez, Sue Tuohy
John Bodnar (History), James Gordon Brotherson (Spanish and Portuguese), Raymond DeMallie (Anthropology), George List (Emeritus, Ethnomusicology), Felix Oinas (Emeritus, Slavic Languages and Literatures), Anya Peterson Royce (Anthropology), Thomas Sebeok (Distinguished Emeritus, Linguistics; Emeritus, Anthropology; and Uralic and Altaic Studies), Merle Simmons (Spanish and Portuguese)
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Stephanie C. Kane (Criminal Justice)
Inta Gale Carpenter
504 N. Fess, (812) 855-0389
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Folklore study explores the ways in which people make use of tradition in daily life as well as in times of crisis, celebration, and change. It explores the dynamics of tradition and creativity in society. Combining the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences, folklorists examine processes of individual creativity and of communication in diverse social and cultural settings throughout the world. Folklorists study the ways in which human beings seek understanding and involvement through the shaping of tradition to fit new and challenging circumstances. Students use ethnographic, literary, historical, and cultural studies methods to understand better the meanings and uses of folklore forms in rural, urban, past, and present settings.
The undergraduate program in the Department of Folklore (FOLK) reflects the breadth of folklore study and its links to the arts, area studies, and other cultural disciplines. Courses offer analyses of the forms and occasions of folklore performance, the folklore of specific countries and regions, theories and methods of inquiry, human diversity and worldview, and the relevance of folklore study to other fields. Ethnomusicology, the study of music in culture, is a special concentration within the folklore department. Many courses fulfill distribution and culture studies requirements. There are opportunities for direct student-faculty contact through individual and collaborative research projects such as fieldwork projects, specially designed readings courses, practical experience through internships in arts and cultural organizations, and team research. Folklore students may make use of the folklore department's state-of-the-art laboratory for sound-video analysis and production.
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Major in Folklore
The major provides students with a liberal arts background, preparing them for a range of careers, including those involving the arts, education, historic preservation, communication, cross-cultural understanding, and human diversity and relations. Upon entering the program, the student and undergraduate director plan an individualized program of study. Majors may specialize in tracks such as cross-cultural or international studies, specific world areas, ethnomusicology, cultural conservation, and documentation of artistic performance.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in folklore or ethnomusicology courses, including:
Students must also complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Two 200-level courses (F251, F252, or F253).
- Two 300-level courses.
- F497 Seminar for Folklore Majors.
- A maximum of 6 credits at the 100 level.
- A maximum of two approved courses from other disciplines.
Students may combine the study of folklore and ethnomusicology with degrees in other departments. The requirements for folklore are the same as those of the single major.
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Minor in Folklore
Students must complete at least 15 credit hours in folklore or ethnomusicology, including:
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- One 200-level course (F251, F252, or F253).
- One 300-level course.
- Three additional folklore courses with no more than one at the 100 level.
Note: Prerequisites for any 300- or 400-level course will be indicated in the Schedule of Classes when the course is offered. If no prerequisite or special permission is indicated, the student may assume none is required.
F101 Introduction to Folklore (3 cr.) AHTI A view of the main forms and varieties of folklore and folk expression in tales, ballads, gestures, beliefs, games, proverbs, riddles, and traditional arts and crafts. The role of folklore in the life of human beings.
F111 World Music and Culture (3 cr.) AHTI Introduction to ethnomusicology and the cross-cultural study of music and culture. Explores music, performance, and ideas from around the world. Analyzes the role music plays in human life, including a variety of social, political, and personal contexts. Music training is not required.
F121 Introduction to Folklife (3 cr.) AHTI The idea of folk culture provides a critical and historical means for evaluating and comprehending the human condition in the modern world. Through looking at folk cultures from different places, internationally, and by examining the ways in which culture is made manifest, especially on the landscape, in architecture and arts, this course provides an introduction to the idea of folklife.
F131 Introduction to Folklore in the United States (3 cr.) AHTI Folklore and traditional expressive behavior in the United States. Traditional arts, ideas, and practices of folk groups in the United States, including ethnic, occupational, regional, and religious groups.
F251 Folklore Methods and Theories (3 cr.) SHSI An examination of central theories, methods, and approaches in the field of folklore and ethnomusicology. Includes the history of the folklore or ethnomusicological theories as well as contemporary developments. Classification of genres and their function in society. Methods of collecting, analyzing, and indexing materials.
F252 Folklore and the Humanities (3 cr.) AHTI Basic theoretical approaches to the study of folklore, emphasizing the relationship to other humanistic disciplines such as literary and religious studies and history. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits when topics vary.
F253 Folklore and the Social Sciences (3 cr.) SHSI Basic theoretical approaches to the study of folklore, emphasizing the relationship to other social science disciplines such as semiotics and anthropology. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits when topics vary.
F301 African Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA Folklore, folklife, or folk music as aspects of African culture. The functions of folklore forms and performances within traditional societies and emergent nations. May be repeated once when topics vary.
F305 Asian Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA Forms and functions of folklore, folklife, or folk music in the traditional and developing societies of Asia. Folklore as a reflection of culture. Relationship between folklore forms and belief systems in Asia. May be repeated once when topics vary.
F307 Middle Eastern Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA Folk traditions of the Arabic, Persian- and Turkish-speaking peoples, including folk festivals, rituals, folk dances, music, theatre, and verbal behaviors; the influence of Islam. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits when topics vary.
F312 European Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSB Expressions of regional cultures and emerging nations of Europe. Social functions of folklore and folk music in rural and urban communities. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits when topics vary.
F315 Latin American Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA Cultural and functional analysis of traditional folklore or music genres developed in the cultures of Latin America. Emphasis on origin and the diffusion of folklore, folklife, and folk music as well as the functions of cultural forms among Latin American peoples. May be repeated once when topics vary.
F320 Pacific Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA Folklore, folklife, music, and dance of Australia, New Zealand, and native Oceanic societies. Topics include the cultures of aboriginal and settler populations, retention and adaptation of aboriginal materials, and the emergence of "native" traditions among the settler and immigrant groups. May be repeated once when topics vary.
F351 North American Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA Folk and popular traditions of the United States and Canada. Topics include the social base of American folklore, prominent genres of American folklore, folklife, and folk music, national or regional character, and American folk style. May be repeated once when topics vary.
F352 Native American Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA Comparative examination of various verbal, musical, and dance forms of Native American societies. Consideration of cultural systems of Native Americans within the context of general American culture. May be repeated once when topics vary.
F354 African American Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA African American culture in the United States viewed in terms of history and social change. Folklore, folk music, and oral history as means of illuminating black culture and history. May be repeated once when topics vary.
F356 Chicano Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA The folk traditions of Mexican Americans as a reflection of the historical experience and cultural identity of this people within the United States. Mexican heritage, Anglo and black influences, and the blending of these elements into a unique cultural entity. May be repeated once when topics vary.
F358 Jewish Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA Study of Jewish experience throughout the ages as reflected in the folklore of biblical, talmudic, and midrashic materials and in medieval and contemporary settings, including America. Analysis of folkloric expression in religion, literature, humor, music, folklife, and art. May be repeated once when topics vary.
F360 Indiana Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA Survey of folklore, folklife, or folk music of Indiana. Students are encouraged to do fieldwork in the state. May be repeated once when topics vary.
F363 Women's Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA Focuses on women's folk traditions in terms of life cycle and role and explores the range of women's occupations and related traditional knowledge. Looks at women as traditional verbal, visual, or musical artists. May be repeated once when topics vary.
F364 Children's Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA The traditional rhymes, riddles, stories, games, folklife, or music associated with "the culture of childhood." The role these forms play in peer-group activity and in the social and cognitive development of the child. May be repeated once when topics vary.
F400 Individual Study in Folklore (1-3 cr.) P: must have prior arrangement with and consent of the faculty member(s) supervising research. May include fieldwork or library research components. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours with the permission of the chair.
F403 Practicum in Folklore/Ethnomusicology (1-3 cr.) P: must have prior arrangement with and consent of the faculty member(s) supervising work. Supervised work in public programs such as arts agencies, museums, historical commissions, and archives, including those housed at IU. Relevant readings and written report required. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours with permission of chair.
F404 Topics in Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI Explores in depth a particular topic in the study of folklore, folklife, or music. Courses of an unusual, integrative, or experimental nature. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits when topics vary.
F420 Forms of Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music (3 cr.) AHTI Examination of selected forms of folklore, folk music, craft, or performance, with attention given to content, form, and function of the selected forms as well as the variety of theories and methodologies employed in their study. May be repeated twice when topics vary.
F430 Folklore and Related Disciplines (3 cr.) SHSI Advanced studies of folklore and/or ethnomusicology in relationship to other disciplines. Focuses on such interdisciplinary topics as folklore and literature, folklore and psychology, folklore and history, folklore and religion, or folklore, culture, and society. May be repeated twice when topics vary.
F440 Folklife and Material Culture Studies (3 cr.) AHTI The perspective of folklife studies. Material culture presented within the context of folklife, with attention to the role of folk museums, folklife research methods, and the history of folklife research. May be repeated once when topics vary.
F492 Traditional Musical Instruments (3 cr.) AHTI Classification, distribution, and diffusion of folk and traditional musical instruments. Construction and performance practices. Relation to cultural and physical environment. Demonstration with instruments in the collection of the Mathers Museum.
F494 Transcription and Analysis of Traditional Music (3 cr.) AHTI P: consent of instructor. Survey of theories and methods applied in transcription, analysis, and classification of traditional music. Application of methods to selected recordings.
F497 Seminar for Folklore Majors (3 cr.) SHSI This is the final, integrating course in folklore studies, required of all folklore majors. Topics of individual research will vary.
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A112 Black Music of Two Worlds (3 cr.) AHLA, CSA
A290 Sociocultural Perspective of Afro-American Music (3 cr.) AHLA, CSA
A392 Afro-American Folklore (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA
A489 Rap Music (3 cr.) AHLA, CSA
A496 Black Religious Music (3 cr.) AHLA, CSA
Central Eurasian Studies
U450 Turkish Oral Literature (3 cr.) AHLA
C205 Classical Mythlogy (3 cr.) AHTI, CSA
C405 Comparative Mythology (3 cr.) AHTI
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