Undergraduate Programs in Folklore Studies

Two Undergraduate Folklore Studies programs are presently available through the Department of Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies. Both aim to acquaint students with the nature of folklore, its study, its public presentation, and its relations to a range of human experiences, intellectual currents, and professional endeavors:

  • Certificate in Folklore for Special Students, and for Undergraduates working for a baccalaureate degree in any UW-Madison school or college:
    • The Certificate in Folklore requires 15 credits, including at least one course from each of the following four clusters:

      1. Introductions to the Field: 100, 230
      2. Genres of Folklore, such as: 103, 220, 352, 439, 451, 460
      3. Folklore and Cultural Areas, such as: 102, 210, 320, 326, 353, 401, 402, 403, 404, 431, 437, 440, 443, 517, 518, 535, 540, 630
      4. Issues, Theories, Methods, such as: 410, 490, 510, 522, 530, 560, 639

      At least four courses must be at the 300 level or above. Directed Study (399) may be used to satisfy one cluster requirement, but only with the approval of the certificate advisor and the Undergraduate Advisor. Certificate seekers are urged to consult the Undergraduate Advisor at the earliest possible opportunity.


  • An Individual Major with a Folklore Concentration:
    • Undergraduates design this major in consultation with the Department’s Undergraduate Advisor


**Full-fledged undergraduate major and minor degree programs in Folklore Studies are presently in the works, hopefully to debut in the 2016-2017 acacdemic year.**