Graduate Programs in Folklore Studies

A full-fledged Graduate Ph.D. degree program with Folklore Studies and Comparative Literature options will debut in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Two Graduate Folklore Studies programs are presently available through the Department of Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies. Graduate students who have been admitted by another major program may pursue either a Doctoral Degree Minor in Folklore Studies or, once they have earned an MA in their program, a Special Graduate Committee PhD.:

    • Option A: Folklore Studies Minor:
      • Students select an advisor from Department of Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies faculty, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.
      • Students must achieve a B or better in four Folklore Studies courses at the 300 level or above. One course must be selected from the following courses in theory, history, or methodology of folklore: Folklore 410, Folklore 490, Folklore 510. Three additional courses may be selected from these and other Folklore courses at the 300 level or above.
    • Option B: Folklore Studies Distributed Minor:
      • Students select an advisor from Department of Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies faculty and an advisor from another program, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.
      • Students develop the Distributed Minor with course work in Folklore Studies and at least one other program.
      • Students must achieve a B or better in at least four agreed-upon core Distributed Minor courses, chosen from the respective programs, at the 300 level or above. One course must be selected from the following courses in theory, history, or methodology of folklore: Folklore 410, Folklore 490, Folklore 510.  The three additional courses may be selected from these and other Folklore and respective program courses at the 300 level or above.

 

  • Special Graduate Committee PhD 

Special Graduate Committee PhD may be designed to suit an individual student whose specialization cannot be satisfied by approved programs (such as existing major program/minor combinations, joint degrees, distributed minors). It is useful for students who are working in new and emerging fields or unique combinations of disciplines.

Students interested in the Special Graduate Committee PhD must be accepted into a graduate degree program at UW-Madison where the student’s advisor in the department will agree to coordinate this interdisciplinary degree. The advisor must submit a proposal on the student’s behalf as early as possible in the student’s first year. See the Graduate School guidelines for precise language on the degree requirements at http://grad.wisc.edu/acadpolicy/

**NEW PhD-MA Requirements COMING SOON**

Draft Synopsis

PhD with MA GRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:

Folklore Option in Comparative Literature Folklore Studies 

Effective Fall Term, 2016

MA Requirements, Folklore Option

  • 30 credits including:
    • CL 702 (Introduction to Comparative Studies)
    • FLR 510 (Folklore Theory) or other Folklore course approved by advisor
    • At least one graduate level seminar in CLFS
  • Overall GPA of 3.5
  • Successful completion of the Second Year (“M.A.”) Examination
  • Successful completion of the Examination in a Second Language

PhD Requirements, Folklore Option

  • All MA Requirements, including FLR 510 (Folklore Theory) or other Folklore course approved by advisor
  • 51 credits of coursework:
    • Must include:
      • CL822 (Translation Seminar)
      • A course in ethnographic methods (FLR 490, FLR 491, FLR 522, FLR 639, or FLR 640 or other Folklore course approved by advisor).
    • 12 credits to complete a PhD minor:
      • Option A: 12 credits in a single department other than CLFS
      • Option B: 12 credits distributed across two or more departments other than CLFS and may include Comparative Literature courses within CLFS (distributed minor)
      • Option C: 12 credits outside the Folklore area in CLFS (intradepartmental minor)
    • Strongly encouraged: A Folklore course within each of the following subject areas:
        • Folklore Genres or Forms
        • Cultural Areas
        • Issues and Methods in Folklore Studies
  • 3.5 GPA each semester
  • Successful completion of the Preliminary Examinations
  • Successful completion of a Dissertation and Oral Defense

 Download our Graduate Student Handbook for Academic Year 2016 – 2017